A Ration Book Christmas
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...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Jean Fullerton makes this the background for a very creditable love story laced with family disapproval, misun ...more
Jo is in love with Tommy, who comes from a family involved with crime and recklessness and when she was away, the letters stopped ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
- 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 ...more
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 ...more
I first fell in love with history at school when I read Anya Seton’s book Katherine. Since then I hav ...more