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Tuesday, September 12, 2023

My Thoughts - Please Come Home By: Elaine John’s

 Please Come Home: A totally addictive and heartbreaking World War 2 historical novel (A Cornish Wartime Story)



Cornwall, England, 1940. ‘Please come back to me. I…’ Anna can barely speak as she clutches Jimmy tight and buries her face in his Royal Air Force uniform. But their embrace ends all too soon. Watching him walk away, Anna feels the tears fall again. What if he never comes home?

Growing up without the care of a loving family made 
Anna Golding fiercely independent. So, on the eve of war,determined to do her duty, she joins the Women’s Air Force. Her fellow trainees are like the sisters she never had. But, as they all talk of fond memories of home, Anna’s heart breaks. Her past is too painful to share…

Until Anna meets her friend’s brother, 
Pilot Jimmy Armstrong. She could lose herself in his deep green eyes, and his gentle care makes Anna feel safe for the first time in her life. Anna and Jimmy must snatch every moment together as their duties pull them to opposite ends of the country – and every letter from Jimmy brings a thrill to her heart. But one day, a letter comes addressed to Anna that isn’t in his handwriting.

It’s from an anonymous young woman claiming to be a relative – 
and that she knows a secret about Anna’s mother. As her mother died in childbirth, Anna anxiously tries to track the woman down and discover the truth about the family she never knew. But with the bombs of the Blitz making every day dangerous, Anna receives harrowing news from the Royal Air Force that stops her search in its tracks…

Will Anna lose Jimmy, and her dream of their future together, to the fighting? Or will the war somehow help her find the family she never had?

An absolutely heart-wrenching, powerful and emotional novel about the hardships of war, and the strength of love. Perfect for fans of Diney Costeloe, Shirley Dickson and Wives of War.

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About the author 

Elaine Johns inherited her love of fiction from her Irish mother and a passion for writing was the happy result. She was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, came to London to attend the Italia Conti Performing Arts Academy, and made records with her twin brother in their teens that scraped their way into the charts. After an initial career as a jazz singer and flautist in big bands, she was a print and television journalist in Bahrain, editing and presenting the News in English at Bahrain Television. She is now freelance, writing mostly short stories for UK women’s magazines from her home in Cornwall and, before retiring, used to lecture part time at Truro College. She has written several contemporary women’s fiction novels, including Ice Cream for Breakfast and Lemonade and Lies. Her favourite genre is historical women’s fiction, and she particularly enjoys writing in the 1940s and 50s.

She is now well and truly transplanted to Cornwall and enjoys life with her long-time partner (her hero and rock), a jazz musician and artist. Elaine has two grown-up sons, and loves Zumba, music, walking with her friends, and getting the most out of life, whatever it throws at her!


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My Thoughts 

Please come home is written by Elaine Johns. This is the first book that I’ve read by this author and it won’t be my last. Set in World War II we meet Anna Golding. Her father resented her because her mother died while having her. She is sent to live with her aunt who is cold and abrasive. 

She turns 18 and decides to join the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force. Her aunt is dead set against it. Anna doesn’t have many friends or family. The ladies she enters the service with become her family. Anna is selected to become a plotter. She’s responsible for keeping track where the plans were. She meets the brother of one of her friends Jimmy. 

Jimmy becomes the love of Anna’s life. He is a navigator. Anna is always terrified when he’s flying. Anna is moved to another facility and keeps in touch with Jimmy. The war rages on.  I really liked the historical details that the author put into the story. I really liked Anna and Jimmy’s characters. 

Thank you to the author, publisher and Bookoutre for allowing me to read a copy of this book. All thoughts are my own.  


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