I wanted to give this book 3.5/5 but you can’t do half stars.
I was drawn to this book because I have an interest for the home front during WWII (ok – it was a Kindle daily deal as well!). The book is based on Gloria and the story of her life, although it mostly flips between her war years and the present (in a retirement home, with a touch of dementia).
The story starts off well, with Gloria working in a munitions factory during the war, and how she and her sister coped with the war. She meets an American soldier and falls in love with him and this sets the scene for the rest of the story.
The story flips between the past and the present, and this can be confusing as you sometimes have to re-read a paragraph to work out which time period we are talking about. Add to this the way the book is written in the first person by our semi-senile Gloria and it can be a tax taxing at times (which is one reason I didn’t rate it higher, without this it would have been a 4.5 star review!)
I don’t want to give too much away about the end (although there aren’t any huge twists or revelations at the end, as the ending has been hinted at and suggested throughout the book). I will say this book felt quite sad, a tale of relationships that could have been, and lost love. It is worth a read but don’t go into it expecting a happy love story with a mushy Disney ending!