Hello, Sunshines, I have the massive pleasure to be today’s stop on this fabulous blog tour for; The London Restoration by Rachel McMillan, I am super excited to share my review with all. Firstly, thank you to the publisher and Amy at HFVBT for my complimentary copy and for the invite to this tour.
The London Restoration by Rachel McMillan
Publication Date: August 18, 2020
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Format: Paperback, eBook, & Audiobook
Genre: Historical Fiction
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,
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.
This is an astounding and breathlessly moving novel set in a fascinating and dark period of our history, I absolutely loved so much about this from Diana’s career as a historian to her secret work at Bletchley – which is easily one of the most fascinating and mind-blowing places ever to come out of the war, that place has been on my to-see wish list for many years, one day I will finally manage a visit – I loved that Diana and her husband Brent just want to discover their love for each other, which is what so many wanted.
The author has really captured their genuine love for each other so beautifully, the frustration that there are still secrets between them. She can’t tell him about her latest job and she certainly can’t tell him about what she did during the war at Bletchley – something which in certain families and places is still a secret today. Then we have Brent, honestly, as much as I really liked Diana, my heart broke for Brent he just wants to live a normal happy life with his wife. He wants to reacquaint himself with the woman he loves, yet it’s not just her secrets clouding his fractured mind it’s his own terrible memories and experiences during the war. Personally, I think he may have a touch of PTSD something which has been handled with such sensitivity.
I love that one of the reasons Diana is called up again is not because of her expertise during her time at Bletchley but because of her day job as an architectural historian and that she knows an awful lot about Christopher Wren whose architectural masterpieces are an integral part of the overall plot especially where this secret agent; Eternity is concerned. I love that, it’s so cleverly interwoven with hers and Brent’s dilemma’s and really keeps you guessing as to who is who and what is going on.
As most of you probably know by now I am a big fan of WW2 fiction and also stories set just after, there was so much uncertainty and still so much darkness and this book really grab’s hold of those two key items; uncertainty and darkness, and sails with it dragging you along on a cracking journey through post-war London which is full of secrets and lies, where the people after so many years of fighting want nothing more than to settle down, but for the likes of Diana and Brent that is easier said than done as they still must fight in one way or another, mainly as both are holding secrets.
The London Restoration is a dramatic, beautifully written, thrilling, sensitive, passionate and intelligent novel from the first page. The cold war, spying element will keep you hooked and the romance will melt your heart. If you love your historical fiction then this is a must. I Loved it!
About the Author
Rachel McMillan is the author of The Herringford and Watts mysteries, The Van Buren and DeLuca mysteries and The Three Quarter Time series of contemporary Viennese romances. Her next work of historical fiction, The London Restoration, releases in Summer 2020 and takes readers deep into the heart of London’s most beautiful churches. Dream, Plan, Go (May, 2020) is her first work of non-fiction. Rachel lives in Toronto, Canada and is always planning her next adventure.
Blog Tour Schedule
Tuesday, August 18
Review at Nursebookie
Guest Post at Let Them Read Books
Wednesday, August 19
Review at Austenprose
Review at Amy’s Booket List
Thursday, August 20
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Review at Little But Fierce Book Diary
Friday, August 21
Interview at Heidi Reads
Review at Foals, Fiction, and Filligree
Saturday, August 22
Review at Donna’s Book Blog
Monday, August 24
Review at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals
Interview at The Green Mockingbird
Tuesday, August 25
Review at The Green Mockingbird
Wednesday, August 26
Review at 100 Pages a Day
Interview on Jorie Loves A Story
Thursday, August 27
Review at The Lit Bitch
Friday, August 28
Review at Read Review Rejoice
Saturday, August 29
Review at Books and Backroads
Review at Reading is My Remedy
Monday, August 31
Review at Passages to the Past
During the Blog Tour, we are giving away 5 copies of The London Restoration! To enter, please use the Gleam form here – The London Restoration
The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on August 31st. You must be 18 or older to enter.