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The Way to London: A Novel of World War II

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  612 ratings  ·  89 reviews
From the author of Secrets of Nanreath Hall comes this gripping, beautifully written historical fiction novel set during World War II—the unforgettable story of a young woman who must leave Singapore and forge a new life in England.

On the eve of Pearl Harbor, impetuous and overindulged, Lucy Stanhope, the granddaughter of an earl, is living a life of pampered luxury in Sin
ebook, 384 pages
Published September 19th 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published September 18th 2017)
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Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine)
You can enter to win a copy of The Way to London at Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine till 11:59pm 9/29/17.

As many of you know, I’m always up for what’s new in WWII fiction and books set in England so I was very pleased to have the opportunity to participate in the tour for this book. The Way to London is very much a character driven novel that provided a fresh and somewhat lighter read than many WWII novels already on my shelf.

The book begins with Lucy living a life of luxury in Singapore. It would be easy to
Sep 01, 2019 rated it liked it
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I am a sucker for a good WWII story and when I discovered this book in a summer bargain bin, I just couldn't help but indulge. I was pleasantly surprised with how quickly I became swept up in the story.

Our story begins with a spoiled rich girl named Lucy getting shipped to England by her mother and lecherous stepfather after her less than desirable behavior in Singapore. Now living with her relatives who have seen their English home become a hospital, Lucy falls back on her bad girl behavior. U
World War II-set historical fiction is my jam. Between book reviews and on my own, I have read or listened to about ten for the year so far. What drew me to jump on the tour for The Way to London was that they main character has been living in Singapore for the past few years and having spent time there for work years ago, I am always looking for books set there. Although we don't spend long in Singapore before Lucy is banished to London for the indiscretion of a romance with the son of one of h ...more
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

She shared a tiny cabin with an older widowed woman of a melancholy disposition and a penchant for weeping unexpectedly who, when awake, spent her time recounting stories of her dearly departed husband, Edgar, and when asleep, rattled the paint from the walls with her seismic snores.

I’d scratch your eyes out if I didn’t think it would be a marked improvement.

Mam says a true gentleman treats ladies with respect. Course she likewise says true gentlemen are rare as hen’s teeth, but
Chanel Cleeton
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Featuring a strong heroine and an emotional journey, The Way to London is a beautiful story of love, friendship, and the strength of the human spirit set against the backdrop of the tumultuous events of World War II.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
I looked forward to reading this book. I am a fan of these types of books. As the saying goes, the first impression is the most important. Well my first impression of Lucy was not a great one. I found her to be inconsiderate, disrespectful, and childish. I am glad that her step father and mother finally took a stand against Lucy and sent her away, even if it took an incident to make them act.

After, that incident, I thought I would try to be open minded towards Lucy, thinking that she would chan
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Pampered, stubborn, impetuous, reckless. That’s Lucy Stanhope, granddaughter of an earl. Not a very likeable person…at first.

Set in the early days of WWII, Lucy is living in Singapore with her mother and stepfather. But after a questionable incident she is exiled to England to live with her aunt. Lucy is one of the last people to get out of Singapore before the war reaches the island.

Lucy learns that her mother has perished at sea. While in Singapore Lucy had met Mason Oliver, a Hollywood produ
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Alix Rickloff’s Secrets of Nanreath Hall made a fabulous impression on several of my friends, but The Way to London: A Novel of World War II marks my first experience with her work. I’m not entirely sure what I expected going in, but I was generally optimistic and am pleased to report my confidence was not entirely misplaced.

Spoiled socialite, Lucy Stanhope, reminded me quite strongly of Naomi Watts’ Kitty Fane, but that’s n
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 stars.

Even though the blurb tells the future reader that Lucy Stanhope is over-indulged, I was not initially prepared for the spoiled brat with the waspish tongue that appeared on the pages of the first few chapters. I kind of clenched my teeth and spirited on.

Despite the fact that war was raging all around her, Lucy and the elite living in Singapore dined in fashion and were coddled in their affluent, carefree existence. However Lucy, typically throwing caution to the wind, antagonizes h
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
It’s not often that I change my opinion of a character so much as I did in The Way to London. Lucy is SUCH a spoiled little brat at the beginning of this–she thinks the world actually revolves around her and how DARE anyone suggest otherwise. Her spitfire spirit and love of gin were the only two things that appealed to me, and I was ready to cast this book off.

But, war is coming to Singapore, and she is all but shoved onto a boat back to England. Again…HOW DARE. Reality quickly sets in, and so d
A troublesome and difficult to like character in Lucy, she’s just like her mother: over-indulged, selfish, self-absorbed, sharp-tongued and manipulative, she’s always felt out of place and unwanted by her mother, even as she is following closely in her footsteps. Repeated moves and adjustments as her mother jumps from rich man to richer man, her current stepfather has been funding (read paying off) Lucy’s exploits in Singapore, until a confrontation with one of his potential investors leads to h ...more
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I can not say enough about how fabulous this book is. In the midst of war Alix Rickloff is able to capture the human spirit of survival and even humor. Her 3 main characters are some of the best I have come across and the supporting cast is just as endearing. I laughed, shed a few tears and fell in love with The Way to London. Put this on your #TBR list. Twelve year old Bill will steal your heart.
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a well written book about WWII and how it affected the lives of the rich. I can promise you that you won't like the main character at the beginning of the book - she is sarcastic and rude and a real elitist who doesn't care how other people live or how the war is changing their lives. Don't let your feelings towards her, affect your decision to continue reading this book. I think that the author deliberately made her unlikable to show how she changes throughout the book. When you finish ...more
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I debated between 3 and 4 Stars. On the surface the story seems to be lacking especially at the beginning when Lucy seems like a spoiled little rich girl and rather unlikeable. I felt like perhaps there should have been more depth to her relationships, but the more I thought about it the more I felt there was enough depth after all. Lucy had spent her whole life keeping people at arm’s length to avoid being hurt the way her mother had by not caring a fig about her; so she did not have deep relat ...more
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book. I enjoy reading books set during WWII Britain. The descriptions of what life was like during that time are presented well in this book. However, I just do not like the main character. She's spoiled, shallow, and self-centered for most of the story. She redeems herself at the end of the book. There were several loose ends that were never resolved. Maybe the author plans a sequel. It just wasn't one of my favorites. ...more
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An excellent historical fiction book around & on the eve of Pearl Harbor about an impetuous & overindulged granddaughter of an earl who is living a pampered luxury life in Singapore until one act changes her life forever. Exiled to England to live with an aunt, one of the last people to escape Singapore before war engulfs the entire island, not knowing where her parent are, left alone. Excellent 5 stars ⭐️
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy reading historical WW 11 novels!, here is one of the best!
Meg - A Bookish Affair
In "The Way to London," privileged Lucy is forced to leave her cushy in warm Singapore home where she is basically free to do whatever she wants and spend money however she wants for cold, dreary London as war threatens to engulf the Pacific. Lucy will go on a journey that forces her to change and adapt in ways she didn't think possible.

This book had a slow start for me. Lucy does not start out as the most likable character; it was hard to find common ground with her for me. She is so focused o
Clare O'Beara
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sent 'home' from Singapore for her lavish and careless lifestyle, the anti-heroine gets torpedoed and arrives in Britain without her fine dresses, which upsets her rather more than being told that there is a war on. I am puzzled as to how she gets away with doing no war work for a good while, as almost every woman had to enlist in some auxilliary service or work on the land, in nursing, in NAAFI canteens etc.

Cornwall is too boring for her so she heads to London on the train, meeting a young scr
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
I simply could not get into this one. The characters are overly familiar stereotypes and the plot is predictable. Lucy Stanhope, the pampered protagonist, is so unlikable that you just know she will end up being reformed by love and circumstances, and you know by the second chapter that the man who will spur that reform is going to be the same young officer who flirts with her by the side of a ritzy hotel pool in Singapore. By the time I got 30 pages in, I was bored to death, and it was a real s ...more
The Library Lady
Okay, Alix Rickloff, you got me. I started out hating Lucy, and I think I was supposed to do so. But as the book progressed, and I learned more of her back story, and as I watched her grow and learn to care for others, I started pulling for her. The romance and ending were predictable, but satisfying.
All in all, well done.
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
>>>>> My Synopsis (Review Follows): <<<<<
Lucy Stanhope is a spoiled debutante living the good, but boring life in Singapore as World War II encroaches upon its shore. Just months before all hell breaks loose, her mother banishes her to England to live with her estranged aunt as punishment for her total disregard for priority and for almost sabotaging her stepfather's business deal. As the ship makes its way to England, however, it's torpedoed, and so begins a journey that will test her inner str
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Sometimes you pick up a novel expecting one thing and get so much more. The Way to London By Alix Rickloff is one such novel. Set among the war that is just on the verge of breaking out, over indulged socialite Lucy Stanhope has followed in the ways of her promiscuous mother Amelia. It seems after her mother had given birth to Lucy, all she can do is find ways to hand her daughter off to a nanny or boarding school in order to fulfill her maternal expectations. But Lucy can see through all of tha ...more
Chaya Nebel
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a beautiful and well-written picaresque tale with a headstrong protagonist, an emotional backstory, and a journey full of hope and aspirations, stumbles and failures, dangers and adventures. It's a story of an unlikely friendship and the tale of one young woman's difficult emotional and physical perseverance against a backdrop of war.

Lucy Stanhope is a spoiled rich kid whose absent and uninvolved mother, married to her 3rd husband, is becoming tired of Lucy's troublemaking and shenaniga
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
So what I was expecting from this book is a typical journey of a young woman and a boy she finds along the way. I was expecting a serious journey, perhaps with a few tear jerker scenes along and a bit of romance to lighten the mood. I was happy to be wrong about it when I finally finished the book.

Besides the obvious journey to London, it’s also more of Lucy’s road to developing her true self and coming to terms with it. She comes across characters that have had a hand in impacting her life and
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I didn't think I was going to like The Way to London, at first. Lucy Stanhope, the heroine, is a wicked character with icy manners. You have to be patient with her. The story is basically a romantic quest. Lucy is a wounded soul because her mother never paid attention to her and flitted from one romance (and marriage) to another. It starts in Singapore and Lucy is pressured to go to England by her mother after her scandalous affair comes to light. But, she's unhappy in her aunt's huge estate in ...more
Ricki Treleaven
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I first started reading this novel, I didn't care for the main character Lucy Stanhope at all. I didn't care for her when she was a drunken tart in Singapore; I didn't care for her when the Germans torpedoed her ship off the coast of Africa en route from Singapore to England (as a matter of fact, it wouldn't have fazed me in the least had she gone down with the ship); and I especially didn't care for her when she made it to Nanreath Hall in Cornwall and didn't lift a finger for the war effo ...more
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
It turns out that the way to London was rather a circuitous route, but one that I found myself enjoying as the pages went on. At times, I wondered if Lucy and her companion Bill would ever actually reach their destination, but in the end, I liked the way the author went with the characters and their journey. The length of time it took them to finally reach London allowed for a lot of chracter development and growth.

This is one of those books that can make you laugh at the same time that you hav
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Way to London was not what I expected. Lucy is a spoiled rich girl, a socialite who is, frankly, initially completely unlikable, both in the book and for the reader. Throughout the book, however, Lucy makes a journey to London and a personal journey to learn about herself. I disliked Lucy so much early on that I wasn't sure if I could hang in there, but I did and I'm glad. Along the way we meet many others who bring the humanity to the story when you want to throttle Lucy. There is Michael w ...more
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Historical WWII Singapore, England
More like 3.5
Lucy Stanhope is the granddaughter of an Earl and living in Sigapore with her beautiful socialite mother and her stepfather. She is snobbish, uncaring, lazy and lives for drinking, parties and the admiration of men. In fact she is very difficult to like. However, she has recieved little affection or attention from her selfish mother. She is sent back to England just before the Japanese invade Singapore, to prevent a scandal.
Here she lives with an Au
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