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  • A ration book childhood

    What a brilliant story a good mix of a family at war please can we have the next one.

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  • Wonderful!

    A Ration Book Childhood is a historical family saga written by Jean Fullerton. The story focuses on Ida Brogan and her family living in London during the Blitz in 1941. For the past two years rationing has made feeding her family a difficult task and with her eldest son away fighting overseas and the constant threat of nightly air raids Ida's family are more precious to her than ever before. The arrival of an old friend threatens everything she holds dear and everything she thought she knew about hose she holds dearest. I found A Ration Book Childhood to be a sensitive and authentic insight into the hardships and difficulties faced by many during WWII in London. Jean Fullerton has created a wonderful range of complex and engaging characters that I found believable and whom I was glad to spend my time with. The dialogue was superbly written and brought the characters to life, especially Queenie who had me laugh out loud on several occasions. This is the first book that I have read by this author but it will not be my last. This is definitely not my usual genre at all so was unsure of what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised and thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Thank you to Readers First and Corvus for the opportunity to read this book,

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  • 3.5 stars....

    Jean Fullerton is the bestselling author of many family saga novels and the ‘East End Ration’ books of which this “A Ration Book Childhood” is the third in the series. As soon as you start to read this book you get an immediate feel for the setting and how life was like for families during WW2 and the blitz. This was my first book by the author so I can’t compare it to the others but it was well written and atmospheric and covered every single thing about life back in the 1940’s and is really quite an eyeopener. You really don’t realise how much you take for granted these days until you read something like this. Daily life of just wondering whether there would be enough meat left to buy by the time you got to the front of the queue, whether you would be able to get new uniform for your children to go to school in or if you would be able to scrape enough luxuries together to be able to cook a Christmas Day dinner. All along with the worry of sons, brothers, dads and husbands who were fighting for their country abroad. The daily bombings and having to trek to shelters with your kids and enough supplies to see you through all night if necessary, must have been torturous, not knowing if when you left the shelter your house would still be standing. Without reminders of life back then, we truly can’t appreciate how easy we have things today and how readily food and utilities are available to us now. However, without belittling what families went through during the blitz, I did find the book a little dull. Without Queenie’s regular outbursts of Irish banter and setting the cat among the pigeons when she disagreed with anything, the story would be all rather one dimensional and I found generally the whole plot rather ‘safe’ even though there was emotion and family betrayals etc in the storyline. Saying that, I did enjoy reading it for the historical aspect and I can see there has been a huge amount of research done to convey such authenticity in the story. The older generation who lived through the blitz will enjoy this series immensely but I also feel the younger generation should read this, to understand just how hard life was for families during the World Wars. 3.5 stars

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  • Addictive reading

    Thoroughly enjoyed this well-researched book. Very easy to identify with the characters. I laughed with them and cried with them and submersed myself in the history of life in London during the war. I am looking forward to reading more of this series.

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