A Ration Book Victory
Born and bred in East London, Jean is a District Nurse by trade and has worked as a NHS manager and as a senior lecturer in Health and Nursing Studies. She left her day job to become a full-time writer in 2015 and has never looked back.
In 2006 she won the Harry Bowling Prize and now has seventeen sagas published over three series all of which are set in East London.
She is an experienced public speaker with hundreds of WI and women’s club talks under her belt, plus for the past fifteen years she has sailed all over the world as an enrichment speaker and writing workshop leader on cruise ships.
|VE Day London 1945|
A Ration Book Victory by JeanFullerton is the eighth novel in The East End Ration Book Series. I was able to read A Ration Book Victory as a standalone, but I believe it would have benefited me to have read the whole series. I could have gotten to know the characters and their backstories. I thought A Ration Book Victory was well-written with interesting, developed characters. I enjoyed getting to know the extended Brogan family as they endured World War II. This is Queenie and Father Patrick Mahon’s story. The whole family is present, but the focus is on those two. There are flashback chapters that gives us Queenie and Father Mahon story from the beginning. It is an emotional story. There is plenty of family drama as well. We get to see the good times and the bad with the Brogan clan. Queenie is a special character. I like that we get to see glimpses of the little girl who became the matriarch of the Brogan clan. It was enjoyable learning about the bond between Queenie and Father Patrick Mahon. We get to see the indomitable British spirit as these brave people endure a long war with a stiff upper lip and plenty of tea. It did not matter which house you were in, there was always a kettle on the hob. They get to have a cup of tea, get a shoulder to cry on, and then they carry on. I am definitely going to go back and read all the books in The East End Ration Book Series. A Ration Book Victory is a fitting end to this charming saga. A Ration Book Victory is tickety book with egg exchanges, a bothersome sister, gregarious grandchildren, ration frustrations, a poorly parish priest, a special sense, and a lasting love.
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