#BeyondThisBrokenSky by @SiobhanCurham

1940, London: An unforgettable novel about the strength of the human spirit in the face of war and the remarkable women who put themselves in danger on the front lines during the Battle of Britain.

As a volunteer for the ambulance service, Ruby has the dangerous task of driving along pitch-dark roads during the blackout. With each survivor she pulls from the rubble, she is helping to fight back against the enemy bombers, who leave nothing but destruction in their wake.

Assigned to her crew is Joseph, who is unable to fight but will stop at nothing to save innocent lives. Because he is not in uniform, people treat him with suspicion and Ruby becomes determined to protect this brave, compassionate man who has rescued so many, and captured her heart. Even if it means making an unthinkable choice between saving her own life and risking everything for his…

2019: Recently divorced Edi feels lost and alone when she moves to London to start a new life. Until she makes a discovery, hidden beneath a loose floorboard in her attic, that reveals a secret about the people who lived there in the 1940s. As she gradually uncovers a wartime love story full of danger and betrayal, Edi becomes inspired by the heroism of one incredible woman and the legacy that can be left behind by a single act of courage…


He’s been watching her for days now, from the cover of the garden in the middle of the square.



(@Bookouture, 20 April 2021, 316 pages, ebook, #ARC from the publisher via #NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed, #BlogTour 25 April)




I really enjoyed the author’s novel; An American in Paris so was looking forward to reading this book. Like a lot of historical fiction I’ve read the story is split between now and the past, in this case WWII. The author uses a story-within-a-story device I haven’t come across before when Edi finds a book written by her elderly neighbour set during WWII. The story is gripping, the characters seem to be made of flesh and blood and some of the locations seem to be based on real places in London. Is the novel based on a true story? I got pulled into the book within a few pages and it refused to let go until I reached the end.

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