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The Very White of Love

by S. C. Worrall

Books of the Month Family Drama Historical Fiction Relationship Stories

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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 Press Reviews

`A love story told in exquisitely poetic letters' DAILY MAIL

`An unforgettable read that draws you into the tenderness, heartbreak and drama of Nancy and Martin's love story.' WOMAN MAGAZINE

`Touchingly intimate yet scorchingly dramatic... The Very White of Love takes you step by step into another time, heartfelt and beautiful.' LOVEREADING

`Simon Worrall's The Very White of Love is one of those books that after a few chapters, becomes as vital and immediate as real life; an elegant, heart-pounding narrative that bears all the hallmarks of great literature and classic Hollywood.' - SIMON VAN BOOY, author of Love Begins in Winter

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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: 9780008217501
Publication date: 13th December 2018
Author: S. C. Worrall
Publisher: HQ an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Family Drama, Historical Fiction, Relationship Stories,
Categories: Romance, Diaries, letters & journals,

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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