Author: Iona Grey
Genre: Historical Fiction
Description: Late on a frozen February evening, a young woman is running through the streets of London. Having fled from her abusive boyfriend and with nowhere to go, Jess stumbles onto a forgotten lane where a small, clearly unlived in old house offers her best chance of shelter for the night. The next morning, a mysterious letter arrives and when she can’t help but open it, she finds herself drawn inexorably into the story of two lovers from another time.
In London 1942, Stella meets Dan, a US airman, quite by accident, but there is no denying the impossible, unstoppable love that draws them together. Dan is a B-17 pilot flying his bomber into Europe from a British airbase; his odds of survival at one in five. The odds are stacked against the pair; the one thing they hold onto is the letters they write to each other. Fate is unkind and they are separated by decades and continents. In the present, Jess becomes determined to find out what happened to them. Her hope—inspired by a love so powerful it spans a lifetime—will lead her to find a startling redemption in her own life. (from Goodreads)
Thoughts: Even though I had seen the book reviewed on one of the blogs that I subscribe to, I wasn't sure what to make of the book, but once I started reading the book, I quite enjoyed the book. I like the back and forth between the present and the 1940's and felt that the 1940's portion felt like the fairly new British TV series, Home Fires (think I was reading the book once while I was watching the show).
I liked the Dan/Stella storyline, as it seemed to be the most intriguing for me in contrast to the Will/Jess storyline, which seemed to be the least intriguing to me, as it seemed to only aid the Dan/Stella storyline.
Bottom line: Overall, it was a pretty decent historical romance book that had intriguing dual-storylines. This probably would appeal to readers that enjoy historical romances, especially those that enjoy books set during wartime.