Love in a Time of War - Adrienne Chinn
Genre: Historical Fiction
The Great War
The end of innocence…
In 1913, in a quiet corner of London, the three Fry sisters are coming of age, dreaming of all the possibilities the bright future offers. But when war erupts their innocence is shattered and a new era of uncertainty begins.
Cecelia loves Max but his soldier’s uniform is German, not British, and suddenly the one man she loves is the one man she can’t have.
Jessie enlists in the army as a nurse and finally finds the adventure she’s craved when she’s sent to Gallipoli and Egypt, but it comes with an unimaginable cost.
Etta elopes to Capri with her Italian love, Carlo, but though her growing bump is real, her marriage certificate is a lie.
As the three sisters embark on journeys they never could have imagined, their mother Christina worries about the harsh new realities they face, and what their exposure to the wider world means for the secrets she’s been keeping…
My Thoughts: I would firstly like to thank Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for organising this blog tour. Love in a Time of War is the first book of Adrienne Chinn's that I've read and I was engrossed from beginning to end! Since reading this book, I've spotted some of her other books and I'm definitely eyeing them up to add to my TBR!
It is another wartime (WWI) novel, but unique in a sense that we travel with sisters Cecelia, Jessie and Etta to Italy, Egypt and Canada. I really enjoyed how unlike other wartime novels it was based across different countries and continents of the world and I found this great to read about. That's probably the major history nerd in me. I really enjoyed the writing style of Adrienne Chinn, and thought all of the characters were beautifully developed. The three sisters were very different to one another, but well thought through and developed.
The only downside to this book was that the beginning was on the slower side. This wasn't that much of an issue for me, but I can see how this could put some readers off. This book is also longer than most books at just shy of 500 pages. Again, I was fine with this but I sense that some readers could feel a reluctance starting a book that's a slow burner when it's such a large book.