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The Very White of Love Reader Reviews

The Very White of Love

Julie Bertschin

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.

When a parent dies their children sometimes find out much about their parent's life that they had never known. This story is a beautifully written, poignant outline of the life of Nancy, the author's mother and the life she led as a young girl, who fell in love with Martin, a second year Oxford undergraduate, just before the start of the second World War. Their gentle romance and English country lives are wonderfully portrayed. There is great reverence paid to the natural beauty of their innocence and the flora and fauna that surrounds them. Once war is declared and Martin and Nancy are separated, their romance continues through the form of letters which allow us into their innermost thoughts, sharing their hopes and fears as well as an fascinating commentary of the mechanics of life on the battlefield, the pride and sense of duty that meant so much to these brave men. This is a truly remarkable story that I wanted to read all over again as soon as I had finished it. Beautifully written. Touching and insightful.

Jane Brown

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.

Wow this is some debut novel and blew me away. I was asked to review for LoveReading.

Mother has died and her son after a few weeks is going through a chocolate box filled with love letters all tied up with knots and one rainy day she unties the knots.

These love letters are during world war 2 - people did not know if they would survive the war, nothing was certain and love blossomed in difficult circumstances.

This was a beautiful book that I too sat on a bleak over cast day and like the son I untied the knots and turned the pages.

This is a true story this gets better and better - Martin Preston and Nancy Whelan who meet in Oxford in 1937 and fall in love, then the war looms and Martin enlists. They are engaged before he goes.

So many at that time relied on letters to keep their love alive and they never knew if their loved ones would return.

This is not just a series of letters but the quest for the son to find out what happened to Martin as the son knew of this man due to a photo Nancy kept next to pictures of his father and other family members.

This is so moving and the reader yearns to find out what happened till the very last page. The sad thing is the son finds out what his mother never knew.

This was such a great read with wonderful writing I just loved reading this

What a privilege to be asked to review this book

Will definitely be in the top ten this summer.

Catherine Bryce

A truly gorgeous love story that will steal your heart

Once every so often along comes a book which just grabs you and this is one of those books. A terrific love story superbly written and one that is difficult to put down once you commence reading it.

Spanning the Second World War years, the story gently unfolds the heart-felt love between two people during the ups and downs of life during this extremely difficult time for everyone. True romance between two people trying to deal with the difficulties they face each day.

Written in a romantic lovely style, this is a lovely story with a surprising ending. A book you will enjoy reading as I know I did.

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,