This emotional book starts in September, 1940. The Blitz has overtaken London with ongoing bombings creating death and destruction. For Audrey Stocking, she is not only trying to survive but trying to hide her true identity. She is German and Jewish having escaped to England with a fake passport. Audrey has been working for the Woman’s Voluntary Services to bring children to the countryside for safety. During an air raid, an unexploded bomb lands in her apartment. A bomb disposal unit comes to remove it and she meets Lieutenant Wesley Bowers, an American. Their meeting is the beginning of a special connection between two people living one day at a time.
In Times of Rain and War was inspired by the actual life of Lieutenant Bowers. Author Camron Wright details the bravery of those who worked to disarm the German bombs, which continued to become more and more sophisticated and tough to prevent from detonating. Amidst all the horror surrounding them, Audrey and Wes find hope.
This was a fast-moving book that shook me to the core. By the time the book ended, I was filled with so much emotion that I had to sit and reflect on what I’d just read. Add In Times of Rain and War to your list of WWII-era books to read.
Many thanks to NetGalley, Shadow Mountain Publishing and the author for the opportunity to read this beautiful story prior to its publication.
Rated 4.25 out of 5 stars.
Publication Date: April 6, 2021.
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