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Into The Unknown

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  133 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Can love survive war?

London on 3 September 1939 is in upheaval. War is inevitable. Into this turmoil steps Kate Sheridan newly arrived from Ireland to live with her aunt and uncle and look for work. When she meets Flight Lieutenant Charlie Butler sparks fly, but he is a notorious womaniser. Should she ignore all the warnings and get involved with a ladies man whose life wi
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Published May 5th 2015 by Tirgearr Publishing
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Into the Unknown is a fantastic look at the changes that took place in traditional relationships between men and women during the Second World War. With few options in the 1930’s, Kate Sheridan left Ireland for London, to find work. This is where she met the cocky ladies’ man and fighter pilot, Charlie Butler. Their story is one that will drive people crazy.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I like my history old, really old…I’m talking about shield walls and swords, however, sometimes it is fun to
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
The story opens in 1939, as Kate Sheridan leaves her home and strict parents in rural Ireland to live with her aunt and uncle in London. This move allows Kate an element of freedom she has never had before, but England is on the cusp of war and London is no longer a safe haven. When Kate meets the devilishly handsome Flight Lieutenant Charlie Butler during an air raid, the course of both their lives is changed forever. What then follows is a story which follows the lives of both Kate and Charlie ...more
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
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This historical romance is set in England during World War Two. I found myself drawn into the story of Kate and Charlie, following them through the ups and downs of their relationship and of the war. I enjoyed the snippets of history intertwined with the story, there was enough for you to understand the major events taking place without it feeling like a history lesson. I felt the era was described realistically without being too horrific.

Into the Unknown helped me understand what the attitude o
Tina Williams
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Emotional and poignant. Beautifully done

Into the Unknown is a real page-turner, where the plot and the central romance takes place against the backdrop of one of the most traumatic times in what is still, for many, in living memory. It is first and foremost a beautiful romance between the young and headstrong Kate, who comes to England from Ireland against her Catholic father’s wishes, and Charlie, a Flight Lieutenant who is, shall we say, a bit of a ‘ladies man!’

Sparks fly between Kate and Char
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Into the Unknown tells the story of a young Irish woman, Kate Sheridan, as she makes the journey to England at the beginning of World War II. Her father is staunchly opposed to this move, wanting her to go to America, instead, but her mother prevails and Kate goes to London to live with her mother’s sister and her family. Kate has recently graduated from the equivalent of business school and is ready to find a job. Kate soon meets Charlie Butler, the elder son of the family who lives across the ...more
Alice Taylor
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Into The Unknown is about Kate Sheridan, a young woman arriving in England on the day England declared war on Germany during World War II. She is from Ireland, her mother is English but her father is Irish and she was raised in Ireland. She wanted to go find work after college and choose England to go and live with her aunt, her mother’s sister, uncle, grandmother and nephew. She finds work but is not happy with the harassment from her boss. She also meets RAF lieutenant Charlie Butler, the youn ...more
Christoph Fischer
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An utterly charming and captivating WW2 story with a bit of romance, excellent characters and history.
The protagonists are a brave couple who meet during the beginning of the war and who face personal and professional choices to do their part for the war effort.
It starts in 1939 with Kate arriving in London on the day war breaks out, meeting pilot and alleged womanizer Charlie, who is a neighbour to the family she's staying with. He asks her out and by doing that he forces her to decide what s
Mar 23, 2015 rated it liked it
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Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
#amreading entertaining story with many twists and turns
I have just finished another of Lorna Peel’s novels and like her others this one does not disappoint with a mix of history and romance. Ms Peel has given us two strong characters in Kate and Charlie and we get up close and personal with them, learning about their families and their lives growing up, and the hurts and challenges which have made them what they are.
With these characters, we walk the streets of London and the roads of rural England, take part in dog fights during the Battle of Brit
This novel is a page-turner from the first to the last. It is easy reading with characters that are well fleshed out and has realistic dialogue. I've read some of the author's other historical novels and loved the authenticity of the times they were written about so I couldn't wait to read this novel. I wasn't disappointed. I couldn't put it down and I binge-read it over a weekend. If you want to escape into another time and place for a couple of days, I strongly urge you to read this book. It i ...more
Dianne McMahan
Apr 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
The reason I was interested in reading Into the Unknown was that it was set in London during WW2. Unfortunately most of the events take place elsewhere. The descriptions of London revolve around the characters and Oxford Street. Some of the story is okay such as battle descriptions but some years are discussed in a few short paragraphs. One of the good parts of this book is that its a very fast read, so you will actually finish it. The book wasn't first me. ...more
Noreen O'Halloran
A moving historical romance about a young couple in England during World War Two. I especially enjoyed Irish-born Kate's point of view as the novel highlights the hardships and intolerance faced by Irish people in England during the war, even though the Irish contributed enormously to the war effort. ...more
I enjoy a good WWII novel and I did enjoy this one very much. It was well written and held my interest throughout. You don't see a lot of information about the Irish experience during WWII and I was glad to learn more. ...more
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read! I read it over the course of two evenings and I had a very difficult time putting it down. You really get an appreciation of how much suffering and loss people endured during the war. I definitely recommend this novel.
Pitt Reviews
May 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Lovely job Lorna Peel!
Jill Solomon
Jul 31, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Can’t finish this book

This is a very thin story that rushes between sex scenes. Not much of a plot. It certainly isn’t literature. I wasted my time.
Judith Farnam
Mar 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed reading..
A captivating WWII romance with excellent characterisations and unique history, including the experience of the Irish in Britain during the war.
A wonderful story!

This was such an interesting story filled with the tragedy of war, the bravery of the men and women who served in the RAF and WAAF and romance in those terrible times.
Vikki Vaught
Rating 3.5 Stars

Vikki’s Musings

When I agreed to participate in this tour for Into the Unknown, I was very excited to read and review this book. I have read several WWII romances over the last year and enjoyed them a great deal. Into the Unknown gave a great deal of insight into what it must have been like to live during this terrible war.

Since the book description gives just the right amount of information, I will forego doing any type of synopsis. Ms. Peel has interwoven the history of this tim
Exquisite Reviews
The story is set in London in the year 1939; as many of you know this is around WWII and very difficult times in the region where everyone is just worry about war coming to their doors.

It revolves around RAF Lieutenant Charlie Butler and Kate Sheridan. Charlie is handsome lieutenant and Kate is a young beautiful Irish girl. She moves in his neighborhood and soon they are both falling in love. The story is not as fast as you’ll want it to be as the author is showcasing a lot of WWII concerns from
InD'tale Magazine

Taking place in England during the Second World War, this historical romance starts at a comfortable pace, but the events of war quickly hasten the tempo.

Read full review in the 2015 June issue of InD'tale Magazine.
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Lorna Peel is an author of historical fiction and mystery romance novels set in Ireland and the UK. Lorna was born in England, grew up in North Wales and now lives in rural Ireland. A SCARLET WOMAN, A SUITABLE WIFE, A DISCARDED SON, A FORLORN HOPE and A CRUEL MISCHIEF – books 1-5 in The Fitzgeralds of Dublin Series - a gritty family saga set in Victorian Ireland – are out now on Kindle, in paperba ...more

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