Wow! This was a wonderful book! I read a lot of historical fiction, and I really enjoy the WWII timeframe. I haven’t read one that focuses on the direct aftermath of the war though, so this was an exciting new book for me!
The London Restoration introduces us to married couple Diana and Brett in post-world-war-II London. Diana and Brett spent much of the war separated from each other and now are back together, trying to repair their marriage. Diana has secrets that she must keep from Brett about what she was doing during the war, and Brett has secrets of his own.
I thought this was such a well-researched historical fiction book. I loved the descriptions of the city and buildings. There is a lot of detail about the architecture in the city, and I really enjoyed reading about it.
The characters were estranged a bit throughout the story. With Diana and Brett’s separate secrets, their relationship was distanced, but trying to be repaired. I really enjoyed Diana’s storyline and found myself drawn into her portions. I loved the way the author brought this story together with some time jumps back into the war, and then some present-day post-war scenes. It flowed well and created a beautiful story.
Overall, I thought this was a lovely historical fiction with some mystery that had me guessing at what had happened for each of them.
To Read or Not To Read:
I would recommend The London Restoration for readers that enjoy WWII historical fiction, mystery, and some romance!
Where to Find This Book:
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Determined to save their marriage and the city they love, two people divided by World War II’s secrets rebuild their lives, their love, and their world.
London, Fall 1945. Architectural historian Diana Somerville’s experience as a codebreaker at Bletchley Park and her knowledge of London’s churches intersect in MI6’s pursuit of a Russian agent named Eternity. Diana wants nothing more than to begin again with her husband Brent after their separation during the war, but her signing of the Official Secrets Act keeps him at a distance.
Brent Somerville, professor of theology at King’s College, hopes aiding his wife with her church consultations will help him better understand why she disappeared when he needed her most. But he must find a way to reconcile his traumatic experiences as a stretcher bearer on the European front with her obvious lies about her wartime activities and whereabouts.
Featuring a timeless love story bolstered by flashbacks and the excavation of a priceless Roman artifact, The London Restoration is a richly atmospheric look at post-war London as two people changed by war rebuild amidst the city’s reconstruction.
Just the Facts:
The London Restoration by Rachel McMillan
Genre: Historical Fiction
Page Count: 336 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pub Date: August 18, 2020
Rachel McMillan is the author of the Herringford and Watts mysteries, the Three Quarter Time series of contemporary romances set in opulent Vienna, and the Van Buren and DeLuca mysteries praised for bringing an authentic 1930’s Boston world to life while normalizing the fictional conversation surrounding mental illness. Her first work of non-fiction, described as a romantic’s guide to independent travel, releases in 2020. Rachel lives in Toronto, Canada.
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