Waking up to a ticking bomb, Audrey’s life, which has already been through so much upheaval, changes again when she meets Wes. She escorts young children to a safer place to wait out the war. Her work is important and she wants to make a difference. Wes is an American helping the war effort; he’s learning to diffuse bombs. A tricky thing when the Germans are constantly changing the fuses. Audrey is carrying a secret, one that could alter her life even more if it gets out. She will do what she can while protecting that secret.
While I think the touch of added romance was a bit forced, I appreciated the alternating points of view and how they told of the war effort through each’s eyes. I enjoyed the historical aspects of this book, the research that went into writing this, and Camron’s author note, which tells the details in which he came to research this book. The characters are richly detailed, Audrey’s story is incredibly engaging. Overall, this is an enjoyable read. Thank you, Shadow Mountain Publishing, for sending this along.
In Times of Rain and War is available on Amazon in hardcover for $26.99.
About the Book:
During World War II, an American soldier encounters a German woman living a secret life in bomb-blighted London.
In September of 1940, during the Blitz in London, Audrey Stocking is blending in with other civilians who are trying to survive the nightly bombings, but she has a secret. She’s not British; she’s German. Her fake passport and nearly perfect English allow her to blend in as she works hard to help evacuate British children into the countryside. Audrey longs to reunite with her family in Hamburg, but her double life, the bombings, and the watchful British Military Intelligence have forced her to stay put. And then there are the paralyzing nightmares . . .
Lieutenant Wesley Bowers, an American soldier training with London’s Bomb Disposal Company 5, meets Audrey when an air raid leaves an unexploded bomb on the floor of her flat. She is attractive, intelligent, and compassionate, and there’s an immediate connection between them. As they get to know each other, Wesley realizes Audrey is the one bright spot amid the war’s unending bleakness and constant threat of death. But will he still feel the same if he discovers the secrets she is hiding? Secrets even Audrey is unaware of?
In Times of Rain and War is a gripping and heartbreakingly beautiful story about the strength and resilience of the human heart and spirit, reminding us there is always hope in hard times.