Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Can't-Wait Wednesday


Today I'm participating in Can't-Wait Wednesday, an ongoing mid-week event hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. It's a chance to share a book that hasn't been published yet but is already on my TBR list.

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This week's selection is . . . 


Expected publication March 7, 2023


From GoodReads:   The acclaimed author of The Light Over London weaves an epic saga of love, motherhood, and betrayal set against World War II.

Liverpool, 1935: Raised in a strict Catholic family, Viv Byrne knows what’s expected of her: marry a Catholic man from her working-class neighborhood and have his children. However, when she finds herself pregnant after a fling with Joshua Levinson, a Jewish man with dreams of becoming a famous Jazz musician, Viv knows that a swift wedding is the only answer. Her only solace is that marrying Joshua will mean escaping her strict mother’s scrutiny. But when Joshua makes a life-changing choice on their wedding day, Viv is forced once again into the arms of her disapproving family.

Five years later and on the eve of World War II, Viv is faced with the impossible choice to evacuate her young daughter, Maggie, to the countryside estate of the affluent Thompson family. In New York City, Joshua gives up his failing musical career to serve in the Royal Air Force, fight for his country, and try to piece together his feelings about the family, wife, and daughter he left behind at nineteen. However, tragedy strikes when Viv learns that the countryside safe haven she sent her daughter to wasn’t immune from the horrors of war. It is only years later, with Joshua’s help, that Viv learns the secrets of their shared past and what it will take to put a family back together again.

Telling the harrowing story of England’s many evacuated children, bestselling author Julia Kelly’s The Lost English Girl explores how one simple choice can change the course of a life, and what we are willing to forgive to find a way back to the ones we love and thought lost.

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Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, particularly books set in World War II England. 

What book are you waiting for?







 This Can't-Wait Wednesday post was originally composed and/or compiled by Catherine for the Book Club Librarian blog.


  1. I love that cover - very sweet. I don't think I've read a book by this author, but it looks like I should try one. Thanks for the info!

  2. This sounds like a great read. Such an interesting time period, and how harrowing it must have been to go through that.

  3. Historical fiction is my favorite genre. I hope you enjoy this. The author has wonderful books.

  4. That would be such a hard thing to do--send my child away--and yet wanting her to be safe would be a priority. And then to find out that safe place isn't what I hoped . . . So many sacrifices! I enjoy reading books like this too. They are both emotional and inspirational. Thank you for sharing, Catherine!

  5. Great pick! I enjoy the occasional historical fiction read and look forward to reading your review. I hope that you enjoy it!