Thursday, 10 August 2017

Pocketful of dreams - Jean Fullerton

It's 1939, and the Brogan family of London's East End are ready to show Hitler what for. But things don't seem so rosy when rationing, evacuation and air-raids start to put this larger-than-life family to the test.

When a mysterious young man arrives at the Brogans' local parish church, he provides just the dazzling distraction they need - and for eldest daughter Mattie, the promise of more than she'd ever wished for. But as the pair fall deeper in love, they are drawn into secret dangers, rife on the very London streets they call home.

As the young couple race to protect the East End as they know it, can their dreams survive the darkening backdrop of war-time...?

My thoughts:
A war time saga, I have read quite a few taking place in the East End. But this one showed another side than those. Those were more about family while this one dealt with things like British Nazis and what they got up to.

Mattie has dreams, but then the war begins. She does her duty and she meets a good guy too..ok fine, not a good good. She thinks so but from the start we get his POV here and there since he is a Nazi sympathizer and wants to bring them to England. To be honest, he was a bit too evil.

Then there is this hottie priest too *whistles* But I am not going to go all thorn birds on you all.

One thing did have me worried in the beginning and I was sure Mattie was anti-semitic, I seriously thought so and was quite horrified until she lit a few Sabbath fires and I realised she was not. I just wish that first situation was handled better. It showed a Jewish store owner in such a bad light. A caricature. But no need to worry, she was obviously not. It did not help when she fell for the Nazi either, not that she knew but you know.

Conclusion:
There is romance. Drama and even a bit of suspense as things turn dangerous for everyone involved. But I must say, not a lot of war in this one. We hear sirens, but not a lot of war going on. No bombs either. I guess this really is a homefront kind of book.

Paperback, 400 pages
Expected publication: August 3rd by Corvus
Historical fiction
For review


30 comments:

  1. This war time saga seems really nice, and the cover is intriguing. Nice of you to share, greetings!

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  2. I'm finding that as I get older I enjoy reading about the things I didn't enjoy learning about in school. In addition to the romance, history is what shapes us. This sounds like a really good book. Hugs...

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    1. I on the other hand always loved history. I was the only one in my class the teacher knew always read the chapters ;)

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  3. Thanks Blodeuedd WWII is my favorite era of novels and this one sounds like one to turn to when I'm tired of all the carnage. Great review!

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    1. So much carnage. Here there were more tension between the people of LOndon

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  4. Yikes! She falls for a Nazi. I don't know if I can do that. But I'm glad her character turned around for you.

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    1. She does not know he is one! But omg he was such an asshole

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  5. Young girl gets her heart broken by a Nazi sympathizer? Sounds like Sound of Music without the music!

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    1. Do not worry, no broken hearts, she will see what he is

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  6. Can't say I've read a book like this yet! :) Glad you enjoyed

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  7. Drama, romance and suspense...sign me up!!

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  8. That sounds like an interesting book.

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  9. Huh...sounds pretty interesting.

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    1. He is a charming man who hides an ugly truth

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  11. Am I weird? I saw "hottie priest" and was immediately a lot more interested in this one :P LOL at the Thorn Birds reference.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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  12. I've read one book by this author and quite liked it, she seems to make this time in history her speciality.

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    1. I do believe this was my first but yes some make those East end sagas their thing, dunno if hers all take place here though

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  13. Hmm, this sounds good. Interesting to know it takes place during the war, but is homefront.

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  14. This sounds a little different. I do like books set during the war but it can be hard to read about a someone who likes the nazis.

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    1. Yes but she did not like the nazis. The guy she liked did, and she did not know this

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