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Thursday, 5 February 2015

Just One More Day by Jessica Blair

On the 70th anniversary of the second world war, Piatkus Books presents Just One More Day by Jessica Blair...
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When Britain declares war on Germany in 1939, Carolyn Maddison is still a schoolgirl. Her elder brother Alastair wastes no time in joining the RAF as a flying officer, and Carolyn decides that when she is eighteen she will follow him into the service by joining the Women's Auxiliary Air Force.
While reporting to the Air Ministry in London she meets a good-looking, charismatic pilot, Charlie Wade, currently employed in propaganda work. He believes that with her calm demeanor and resilience, Carolyn should work as an Intelligence officer, and suggests she serve on an active bombing station. At her side throughout the courses and postings that follow is Lucy Gaston, naturally quick-witted and sparky, a perfect foil for her friend.
The young WAAFs both obtain prestigious postings in 5 Group Bomber Command, where they perform the vital tasks of briefing and debriefing aircrew returning from operations over Germany. Lucy, an incorrigible optimist, falls head over heels for a member of a Lancaster bomber crew while Carolyn resists her feelings for its dashing pilot. She decides it's not worth the risk of loving a man in wartime. . . only to wonder if she has done the right thing when a new WAAF on the station sets her cap at him.
For Lucy and Carolyn, life on a WWII bombing station brings drama, heartbreak and suspense in this touching love story.
About the Author: Jessica Blair grew up in Middlesbrough, trained as a teacher and now lives in Ampleforth. She became a full-time writer in 1977 and has written more than 50 books under various pseudonyms. www.jessicablair.co.uk
Review: Just One More Day captures the essence of the war brilliantly. The more I read the book, the more I felt like I was really there. The characters Carolyn and Lucy are very different, but their friendship and situation connects them in a wonderful way. As can be expected by a book based on the war, there is a lot of heartache and sadness but that doesn't mean that the story isn't ultimately an uplifting one. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys books about romance.

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