When We Meet Again by Caroline Beecham transports readers back to 1943 in London where Alice Cotton is on the hunt for her missing child. When not working on a special project at Partridge Press, Alice is busy trying to find those who can help her locate her daughter. Theo Bloom is ordered to London by his boss and his fiancee’s father to help the flagging Partridge Press. Alice’s project intrigues him any so does the woman who came up with the idea. Alice has been betrayed by one man and does not wish to trust another. Theo can tell something is bothering Alice. Can he find a way to help her as well as save Partridge Press? When We Meet Again contains good writing, but I find the pacing to be on the slow side. The writing is descriptive which is good and bad. It allows a reader to visualize exactly what the author is describing, but it also slows down the pacing of the story. I wished the author could have found a balance. The character of Alice Cotton is well-developed and realistic. I could understand her being frantic at the loss of her daughter. I did feel she was a tad overly dramatic at times. I thought Theo was another developed character. I liked getting to know him. Ursula, Alice’s co-worker and mentor, is a good woman who tells it like it is. Penny, Alice’s friend, is a good soul. I did not feel we really got to know her well. I thought the author captured World War II in London with the bombings, the feelings, and the shortages. I enjoyed learning more about publishing in London and the paper shortages. I was shocked to learn about baby farming. I cannot imagine learning that your child has been turned over to one of these duplicitous people. When We Meet Again has some interesting parts, but I found the story to be depressing and dull. It needed action, joy, and humor to provide balance. For those who enjoy melodramatic tales, then you should check out When We Meet Again. When We Meet Again is a poignant historical story with a gone girl, baby farm bullies, paper paucities, firm friends, Machiavellian men, and one worried woman.
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