I am thrilled to be a part of the blog tour (a day late, I must admit – oops!!🤭) for the gorgeous; Love In a Time of War by Adrienne Chinn. I can’t wait to share my review of this heartbreaking book with you all.
About the Book
Love in a Time of War by Adrienne Chinn
In 1913, in a quiet corner of London, the three Fry sisters are coming of age, dreaming of all the possibilities the bright future offers. But when war erupts their innocence is shattered and a new era of uncertainty begins.
Cecelia loves Max but his soldier’s uniform is German, not British, and suddenly the one man she loves is the one man she can’t have.
Jessie enlists in the army as a nurse and finally finds the adventure she’s craved when she’s sent to Gallipoli and Egypt, but it comes with an unimaginable cost.
Etta elopes to Capri with her Italian love, Carlo, but though her growing bump is real, her marriage certificate is a lie.
As the three sisters embark on journeys they never could have imagined, their mother Christina worries about the harsh new realities they face, and what their exposure to the wider world means for the secrets she’s been keeping…
Firstly, let’s take a moment to fully appreciate just how gorgeous this cover is. It speaks to my WW1/Historical Egyptian loving heart and makes me go all soppy. Come on, thought look at it. Isn’t it gorgeous, I love how it fits with the story, especially that of Jessie.
I loved the sound of this book instantly, I felt instant in tune with it I am a big WW1 historical/romance fan and I have a huge love of anything Egyptian (I blame my obsession with The Mummy’ 😉) so yes I jumped at the chance to review it, despite being buried alive by a toppled Everest sized tbr pile (it didn’t help that found a charity shop selling books for 50p – yes, I did go overboard- but enough about my binge buying).
This tells the stories of three sister’s Cecelia, Jessie and Etta, just as war breaks out in 1914 each woman must face trials and uncertainly swirls around them like the smoke wafting off the battle fields which changes their lives completely. Cecelia has fallen in love with Max, who just happens to be a german soldier, theirs is a forbidden love. Jessie has always been a free-spirit wanting adventure and has an urge to help so she enlists as a nurse to be posted to Egypt and Gallipoli where she with unimaginable loss and finally we have Etta who having fallen in love with an Italian, she elopes having found she is pregnant but she is faced with far more problems than an unwanted pregnancy as an unmarried woman.
Love in A Time of War is a beautifully written story, I can’t say I was blown away as I found parts a little drawn out and long-winded – or maybe it was me, but it felt heavy in particular parts, again it may just be me attempting to speed read when I had other things going on. But apart from my personal misgivings, this book is a beautiful and hugely emotional, you feel so much while reading; love and loss is mingled with drama and fear for what’s to come.
It took me a while to settle into the story as I said earlier I had issues with how heavy parts were, but then we have the lighter potions with the sisters, the Fry sisters really bring the story together, I felt so much for these three women. They are so couragosu in their actions and their love, at times it’s heartbreaking as they each face incredibly hard times, they must make choices that will impact their lives. For me it was Cecelia who made my heartbreak so many times, her love for Max is pure and perilous, their love is forbidden they are supposed to be enemies they are wearing opposing uniforms (so to speak) and their love for each other is scorn on from tehe world around.
I felt every heartbreak, every joy, every tear and smile, the emotion bursts of the page and you feel everything these three women will settle on your heart. Even though I haven’y read this athor’s work before her writing is full of real unapologetc emotion, there is so much love and passion interlaced with rich and captivating history. The history is so immersive, that is the aspect of the story which drew me in instantly, it’s clear that Adrienne Chinn did a huge amount of research into every aspect of the book, the history and knowledge and passion for the story pours off every page.
Overall, despite my personal reservations about the heavy feeling that hung over certain parts, this is a dazzling and heart-breaking story of absolute love, there is a beautiful unspoken message of acceptance and taking chances on what your heart truly desires.
About the Author
Adrienne Chinn was born in Grand Falls, Newfoundland, grew up in Quebec, and eventually made her way to London, England after a career as a journalist. In England she worked as a TV and film researcher before embarking on a career as an interior designer, lecturer, and writer. When not up a ladder or at the computer writing, she often can be found rummaging through flea markets or haggling in the Marrakech souk. Her second novel, The English Wife — a timeslip story set in World War II England and contemporary Newfoundland — was published in June 2020 and has become an international bestseller. Her debut novel, The Lost Letter from Morocco, was published by Avon Books UK in 2019. Her latest novel, Love in a Time of War, set during WWI, is the first in a series of three books based around the changing lives of three English sisters and their half-Italian mother, with a timeslip to 1890s Capri and London.
Follow the Tour
Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to this tour, do check out the other amazing stops on the tour.