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A Ration Book Christmas

(East End Ration #2)

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In the darkest days of the Blitz, Christmas is more important than ever.

With Christmas approaching, the Brogan family of London's East End are braving the horrors of the Blitz. With the men away fighting for King and Country and the ever-present dangers of the German Luftwaffe's nightly reign of death and destruction, the family must do all they can to keep a stiff upp

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Published October 11th 2018 by Corvus
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Dash fan
5☆ An Enchanting WW2 Saga, I couldn't put down!

Oh how I love the war time reads they are by far some of my favourite books.
They bring back memories of my Nans stories. I could of listened to her for hours.

This is my first book by Jean, and my first book within the series. But I had no problem quickly settling into the story. Time just flew by!

The story starts when we meet evacuees Jo and her brother Billy. Sent to Mrs Garfield..... owner of The Melton Winchet’s general store on the outskirts o
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Alayne Emmett
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a lovely book. I’ve read the first in the series and thought this one was even better than the first one. It had much more in it still dealing with the same families but different members.
This one dealt with the middle of WW2 with the blitz at its height. It was such a difficult time for people living in the east end as they had the worst of the bombing. This was very enjoyable book to read and I throughly recommend these books.
Sarah
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The series continues six months later, this time focusing on the youngest daughter of the Brogan family – Jo. With a welcome return of many characters, Fullerton once again transports her readers back to London during the Blitz of World War Two.

I could not put this book down and read it over a couple of days. The research that Fullerton has undertaken is evident as I felt like I was experiencing the fear and dangers of heavy bombardment in London. The writer brings the scenes alive so vividly an
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Philomena Callan Cheekypee
I was so happy to revisit the Brogan family after reading Pocketful of Dreams which I loved.

Book one was based on Mattie the eldest daughter and now we read Jo’s story, the youngest daughter. At the start we find out that Jo and her brother Billy were evacuated away from their family. They are very eager to get back to their family and especially Jo is missing her boyfriend Tommy.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. If your looking for a well written wartime saga then I highly recommend you read t
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Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Family, war, love, misunderstanding, heart-warming.

Book Review: A Ration Book Christmas by Jean Fullerton

I loved Jo and her determination. She knew what she wanted (for the most part) and she was ready to fight for it and do what she needed to do to get it. She strives to exceed everyone's expectations of her, and it's so inspiring.

This book really explores family dynamics. You had the Brogans, close and caring and always looking out for each other, even if they didn't necessarily belie
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Alison
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love a great family saga set during the war and nobody sets the scene better in blitz torn London than Jean Fullerton. I have read her books in the past and been blown away with the attention to detail, the atmospheric feel and perfect descriptions of the characters. She always has deep relatable families who have the odd niggle but ultimately they strive for love and respect to pull them through. In a time of war there is nothing more important than survival of family, home and business alike ...more
Kayleigh
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1940 and Jo Brogan and her little brother Billy have been evacuated to the country where they find judgement from the locals who are quick to point the finger at Billy when money gets stolen.
After weeks of not receiving any letters from her sweetheart, Jo decides she’s had enough and packs them off back home where the blitz awaits to cause death and destruction.

This is a very easy read and in the end quite a heartwarming one.
It’s full of family and love, misunderstandings and loss.

The charac
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Cathy
A Ration Book Christmas is a heart-warming and dramatic story of daily life in the East End of London during the Blitz.  The author creates a convincing sense of the period and of the East End.  For example, I loved the scenes set in a traditional pie and mash shop with its ‘steaming vats of stewed eels’.

At the heart of the book is the story of erstwhile sweethearts, Jo Brogan and Tommy Sweete.  For them the course of true love is definitely not smooth, not helped by the misguided (or downright
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Grace J Reviewerlady
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
A wonderful story of life in wartime Britain, and the daily fight for survival.

Jo Brogan has fallen in love with a man whose family is not exactly well respected in the East end neighbourhood; her relations are hardly going to welcome him with open arms. With a war on and the Germans bombarding the capital every night, residents are beginning to get used to a constant lack of sleep and finding the ability to just keep going whilst doing their bit for the war effort. Her mother is determined to p
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Yvonne
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jo Brogan and her younger brother Billy decide they cannot be evacuated any longer and return to their home in London’s East End. Set in 1940 with nightly bombing raids and food rations, the Brogan family are doing their bit like most of the other families. Jo joins the ambulance service and there is a hope that her romance with Tommy could be rekindled.

This is an absolutely wonderful read with so many things that caught my attention. First off, there is Jo, determined if at times stubborn. Tomm
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Kelly Furniss
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1940 London's War time East End and Christmas is fast approaching.
Jo and her Brother are evacuated to a greengrocers in Colchester. They are both not happy and know they have only been taken in due to the money given to the host family.
Jo plans their escape back home to London and in to the arms of her charming Tommy. Tommy however has a reputation that proceeds him much to her families disgust and as Jo returns and joins the ambulance service she meets up with him again but gets wind that his
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Mary Wood
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A WONDERFUL READ BY A MASTER STORYTELLER
Author Jean Fullerton says that she endeavours to bring East London alive again - well, she certainly does that in 'A Ration Book Christmas.'

I loved this book and felt part of the lives of the vividly drawn characters - I laughed with them, felt fear for them, was anxious for them at times and happy for them at others.

What a mix the Brogan girls, Jo, Mattie and Cathy are - all strong young women, their lives and loves are played out during the Blitz, but
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Rachel Hall
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The lives and loves of the Brogan sisters in the heart of the East End at the start of the Blitz in 1940.

Romance might not be my usual genre of reading material but a historical romance set alongside an authentically researched look at how the Second World War impacted on day to day life during the onslaught of the Blitz is a totally different proposition. For a well rounded snapshot of life in the heart of the East End amongst the doughty and good-humoured Irish Catholic Brogan clan, A Ration B
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AnnMarie
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Ration Book Christmas by Jean Fullerton is a book that can be read as a standalone one, but it's also the second book about the Brogan sisters, book 1 being about Marie. This book is Jo's story.

It's the 1940s in wartime London. Jo works as a volunteer in the ambulance service and her boyfriend Tommy works on the heavy mover crews, the men who move all the heavy rubble etc from bombed buildings to rescue the people that might still be alive under it. They were a couple until Jo had to spend tim
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C.
Could not finish.I read fiction for enjoyment and pleasure and try to avoid books that are full of misery and angst,such as this one was,plus unlikable characters.
booklover BEV
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
HEARTWARMING READ. jOSEPHINE MARGARET BROGAN [JO] AND HER BROTHER BILLY ARE EVACUATED TO MELLOW WINCHET IN COLCHESTER, WHERE 17 YEARS OLD JO IS WORKING IN THE GARFIELD GENERAL STORE. TOMMY SWEETE JO'S SWEETHEART IS BACK HOME IN EAST END LONDON BOTH MISSING EACH OTHER AND LETTERS POSTED BACK AND FORTH ARE NOT GETTING RECEIVED. JO AND BILLY BOTH PACK UP AND HEAD BACK HOME JO IS DESPERATE TO BE BACK IN WAPPING AND BE BACK IN TOMMYS ARMS, BUT NOTHING HAPPENS THAT EASILY. JO JOINED THE ST JOHN'S AMBU ...more
Deborah J Miles
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog-tour
A Ration Book Christmas is a really super read. It is set in London's East End in 1940, during WWII, amid nightly heavy bombing raids and families getting on with their daily business.

This story has been really well researched and delivered. The King and Queen's visit to the East End is cleverly incorporated into the story, and provides a bit of light relief in Ida's recounting of it. I thought the story was well-written, and it brought to mind many of my own family's wartime escapades.

I avidl
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Sandra
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given the chance to read this new book and review it,Well i can say i have loved catching up with Brogan family.Jo,Mattie,Cathy,Charlie and of course Francesca.They are all doing their duty for the war effort as life goes on around them.Tommy is still trying to re-shape his life but his brother Reggie has other plans but he hasn't thought of Tommy's feelings only his own love of crime.I won't give away the story but if you want to know what happens read the book.worth the 5* and more. ...more
Carla
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Jo has been evacuated from the city during the first bombings, leaving behind most of her family and her beloved Tommy. Now, months have passed, Tommy stopped writing and Jo can’t take it anymore. Determined to discover the truth, Jo returns with her brother to the city… only to find out that Tommy seems to have moved on with his life. That’s not exactly true, however, and when their paths meet again, the love that was never truly lost rekindles. And, despite Jo’s youth and Tommy’s reputation, l ...more
Marjorie
3.5 Stars

This isn't my usual choice of reading matter and it is a genre that I generally give a fairly wide berth to; for some reason it has a tendency to make me feel a little uncomfortable. When written well there is a feeling that can only be likened to voyeurism about these books (for this reader anyway) - and this book has that feeling to it. Maybe this is because WWII is still in our collective consciousness or because I remember my grandparents stories of being in their late teens/early
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Melanie Farmer
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As we near the centenary of the end of First World War, I am finding myself reading more and more historical novels set during war time.  I think it is good to be reminded what our not-too-distant relatives had to live through, and novels such as A Ration Book Christmas work hard to paint a picture of what it was like living through such a perilous time.  I usually read historical novels that are from the view point of frontline nurses or the soldiers that are off fighting, so it was a pleasant ...more
Graceann
This was a genial and comforting, if unsurprising start to my Holiday reading.

Jo Brogan, at the beginning of Ration Book Christmas, is evacuated to the countryside with her little brother, presumably for their safety. As sometimes happened, however, the two of them are dreadfully unhappy and plan an escape. Back in London, Jo's family is big and busy, with new babies, babies on the way, old grudges, new misunderstandings and the tiny detail of the Blitz, and rationing. Throw in Jo being in love
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Jaffareadstoo
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Ration Book Christmas concentrates on the story of Jo, the younger of the Brogan daughters, who, with characteristic Brogan stoicism, decides that it is time for her to do her bit for the war effort, this allows the story to focus on the fascinating work of those rescue teams who scurried around London as bombs were falling.

It's a real joy to return to this feisty London family, you may remember that we first met them in, Pocketful of Dreams, which is the first book of the series. In this cont
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Ursula
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the last few pages on Christmas day so I followed the Brogan family's preparations for Christmas in tandem with my own, 78 years later and 100 miles north of London's East End. What a difference! Jo's family suffered privation in so many ways; lacking sleep, clothing and food. And surrounded by the constant risk of injury, destruction, loss and death in the daily wartime bombings.

Jean Fullerton makes this the background for a very creditable love story laced with family disapproval, misun
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Jan Rosser
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book follows on from the first in the Ration Book Series, Pocketful of Dreams and we catch up with the Brogan family. It is 1940 and the war is entering its darkest days. Jo Brogan and her brother have been evacuated to the countryside to escape the Blitz in London. However, they are not happy living with their domineering 'landlady' and so escape back to London.

Jo is in love with Tommy, who comes from a family involved with crime and recklessness and when she was away, the letters stopped
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Louise
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this warm, informative and entertaining WWII family novel. The Brogan family and friends are such an interesting and resilient bunch, doing what they can against the war effort and not a complaint from anyone. Their humour and strength are truly inspiring and I actually felt like I was living it with them, back in 1940′ s London.

The Brogan family have to take the almost daily trek to the air raid shelters, all except gran Queenie who prefers to take her chance
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Lucy Rollins
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley for sending me this eARC.

This is such a charming historical fiction book set in 1940, during the London blitz and shows the classic British attitude of "Keep Calm and Carry On". Sure enough life went on for most families as the war went on.

Jo has fallen in love with the neighbourhood rebel and has been evacuated with her younger brother as a result. But she manages to make her way back to London and we see how her life starts to unfold, along with her lover's, Tom, and the
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Heather Copping
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book and was so pleased to discover that this book was a follow-up to Pocketful of Dreams which I  had also read and enjoyed and had wondered what had happened to Mattie and the Brogan family from Mafeking Terrace.
This book is more focused on Jo (Josephine Margaret Brogan) and her young brother Billy and at the beginning of the book we find them billetted at a grocers store near Colchester in Essex, where neither of them are happy. Jo gets a letter from her sister Mattie, b
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Hayley (Backpacking Bookworm)
A nice story with some good storylines and a very well-researched background. The setting was vividly described and produced solid images in my mind. The characters all had different roles and included an array of personalities including:
- Jo the youngest of her sisters, stubborn and determined to prove to her family that the love of her life is not the man he is made out to be.
- Tommy - the brother of a prolific criminal and son of an alcoholic mother. Struggles to step away from his poor reput
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Maureen
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hard Times Overcome
A Ration Book Christmas.....

This is a very informative story of life during world war two and follows the lives of Jo and Tommy who are very much in love. It also includes what happens in the lives of their respective families, together with the attitudes to the situations they all find themselves in.

It covers the evacuation of children, the looting of the poor unfortunate people who had their houses damaged or destroyed and the consequences of the actions of the people involv
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I was born into a large, East End family and grew up in the overcrowded streets clustered around the Tower of London. I still live in East London, just five miles from where I was born. I feel that it is that my background that gives my historical East London stories their distinctive authenticity.

I first fell in love with history at school when I read Anya Seton’s book Katherine. Since then I hav
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