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The Very White of Love

by S. C. Worrall

Debut Books of the Month eBooks of the Month Family Drama Historical Fiction Relationship Stories

LoveReading View on The Very White of Love

A touchingly intimate yet scorchingly dramatic and fully realised view of a couple who meet just before the Second World War. This is a relationship tale that took hold of me, brought me to its very centre and allowed me access to innermost thoughts and feelings. Martin and Nancy fall in love, as Martin departs for the battlefields of France, they continue to communicate by letter, until suddenly Martin’s letters stop. My advice to you is to pick this book up, start to read, and whatever you do, do not allow the final few pages to fall open before you reach them. For me the ending was a heart-stopping moment, and is still very much in my mind, the emotion of the realisation continues to affect me. The letters are exquisitely crafted, with real heart, tying into the story perfectly and bringing a sense of nostalgia for this type of communication. S. C. Worrall allows the war to edge ever closer, until it strikes with a sharp hammer blow. ‘The Very White of Love’ takes you step by step into another time, heartfelt and beautiful I can wholeheartedly recommend this read. 

Liz Robinson

The Very White of Love Synopsis

Torn apart by war, their letters meant everything... `My love. I am writing to you without knowing where you are but I will find you after all these long months...' 3rd September 1938. Martin Preston is in his second year of Oxford when his world is split in two by a beautiful redhead, Nancy Whelan. A whirlwind romance blossoms in the Buckinghamshire countryside as dark clouds begin to gather in Europe. 3rd September 1939. Britain declares war on Germany. Martin is sent to the battlefields of France, but as their letters cross the channel, he tells Nancy their love will keep him safe. Then, one day, his letters stop. 3rd September 1940. It's four months since Nancy last heard from Martin. She knows he is still alive. And she'll do anything to find him. But what she discovers will change her life forever...

The Very White of Love Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

A beautiful story of wartime romance between Nancy and Martin, corresponding by letter through World War 2. I loved the detail of description in the localities that Martin finds himself in throughout his wartime duties in France. From bullocks in the muddy fields to the local bistros that the officers dine in just metres from the front line. A really interesting look at the hopes and dreams of two young people who fell in love and have true faith that their love will not be for nothing, that they will have a future despite the situation they find themselves in, no matter what. There is a real purity to this love story. I loved this book. Full review

Julie Bertschin

Debut novel, true story, love letters from the war and a quest to find out what happened after Nancy death. Beautifully written blew me away. Full review

Jane Brown

A truly gorgeous love story that will steal your heart Full review

Catherine Bryce

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780008217501
Publication date: 13/12/2018
Publisher: HQ an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780008217495
Publication date: 14/06/2018
Publisher: HQ an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008217495
Publication date: 14th June 2018
Author: S. C. Worrall
Publisher: HQ an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback
Genres: Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Historical Fiction, Relationship Stories,

About S. C. Worrall

S. C. Worrall was born in Wellington, England and spent his childhood in Eritrea, Paris and Singapore. Since 1984, he has been a full-time, freelance journalist and book author. He has written for National Geographic, GQ, The London Times and The Guardian. He has also made frequent appearances on Radio & TV, including the BBC's From Our Own Correspondent; NPR and PBS. He speaks six languages and has lived in or visited more than 70 countries. The Very White of Love is his debut novel.

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