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?
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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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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.