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  • Onomatopoeia Higgledy-Piggledy

    A World War II romance set in London during the Blitz. This is such an endearing story of friendship, love and courage. Ruby, Kitty, Joseph, Freddy and Reg as feature as characters in this story. They all live in a home in London with different flats in the same building. They all decide to volunteer to help with the war effort during the Blitz. Ruby the landlady and a lady used to privilege, Jacob the conscientious objector, and Kitty the abused wife of the soldier Reg. Ruby is a colorful character which uses the phrase her father taught her Onomatopoeia Higgledy-Piggledy over and over to calm herself in times of stress. As far as I can determine it means the sound or buzz of chaos. In a dual story line Edi, Pearl and Heath all live in flats in the same building in London in 2019. Edi is the newest tenant. She finds something in the attic that disturbs her and she connects it with a book she is reading written by the landlady Pearl who live in the bottom flat. As she reads the book the story of the WWII romance comes to life. Although the story switches between the two timelines it is very easy to read and I had no trouble finding my place. I loved the story and the ending which was a surprise. I would recommend this book. Thanks to Siobhan Curham, Bookouture, and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of the book for an honest review.

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  • A Very Satisfying and Uplifting Read

    Ruby is the live-in landlady at 22, St. George's Square, an elegant Georgian townhouse in Pimlico which has been divided into flats. Kitty, a shy and timid young woman, and her violent husband rent the second floor flat and on the top floor lives Joseph, a conscientious objector. Joseph thinks his landlady is vain, pampered, privileged and annoying. He also finds her incessant chatter irritating and often misconstrues the remarks she makes, finding them frivolous and often inappropriate. He feels she isn't taking the war seriously at all and avoids her company whenever possible. Ruby thinks Joseph is far too serious and reticent. Her overtures of friendship are often ignored and she believes he holds her in contempt, finding fault with everything she does or says. When Ruby and Joseph volunteer for war work and are assigned to the same ambulance crew, the shared experience of the dangerous job they do in the blackout gradually alters their views of one another. Ruby begins to see the injustices in the world through his eyes, while he sees a more courageous, unselfish and caring side to Ruby, although he still struggles with her need to chatter and to follow the thread of her conversations. In 2019, following a marriage break-up, Edi arrives in London to take up a new job and the tenancy of the top floor flat. One of her co-tenants is Pearl, a formidable elderly woman, who is a published author. To learn more about her neighbour, Edi buys a copy of one of her early novels, which is set during the Blitz and in a house very similar to 22 St. George's Square. When Edi makes a startling discovery in the loft above her flat and notes Pearl's reaction, she becomes suspicious and believes Pearl is harbouring a sinister secret. The more she reads of Pearl's novel, the more Edi believes it is more than just a work of fiction. Beyond This Broken Sky follows the path that dual time frame novels usually do: alternating between the past and the present. When the past becomes Pearl's book read by Edi in 2019, that very subtle but clever plot device results in a very emotional and devastating moment towards the end. But there is a twist. I loved the two main characters. Ruby has such a bubbly personality that she is the perfect foil to Joseph's more serious outlook. They are truly opposites, but they share a common desire to help people and both have known loss and heartache caused by the previous war. Beyond This Broken Sky is an engaging story that will delight romance and World War II fiction fans alike. I found it a very satisfying and uplifting read.

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  • PageTurner, Intense Drama, Romance

    Heartbreaking, but yet. what a eye opening read for people not to make judgments. I loved the characters and how the author was able to intertwine the past with the present. At first it was a little confusing when there was no distinction between when it would switch over, but it actually added to the mystique of the storyline. I loved how Joseph had no time for Ruby because he thought she was a pretentious snob. Ruby thought he was a puzzle to figure out, but then again he seemed to dislike her and she had no clue why. Then they were put in close proximity by having to be in a vehicle! This should be good. The book and its fellow characters are strong and will not bore you at all. I would definitely recommend this book. I received a free advanced copy from NetGalley and these are my willingly given thoughts and opinions.

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  • Definitely more than 5 stars

    I found this book fascinating and one of the best historical fiction stories around WW2 I have read (and I have read many!) It has a cast of unforgettable characters and I will miss Ruby for sure😢 There were twists and turns and a couple of "I didnt see that coming" moments. The dual time line was so well done and easy to follow. Excellent story! !!

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  • What a great story!

    I just loved this book. I found it hard to put down. The 2 stories combined beautifully.

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