London on 3 September 1939 is in upheaval. War is inevitable. Into this turmoil steps Kate Sheridan newly arrived from Ireland to live with her aunt and uncle and look for work. When she meets Flight Lieutenant Charlie Butler sparks fly, but he is a notorious womaniser. Should she ignore all the warnings and get involved with a ladies man whose life will be in daily danger?
Charlie Butler has no intention of getting involved with a woman. But when he meets Kate his resolve is shattered. Should he allow his heart to rule his head and fall for a nineteen-year-old Irish girl while there is a war to fight?
Private conflicts and personal doubts are soon overshadowed. Will the horrors of total war bring Kate and Charlie together or tear them apart?
That’s sweet: I have come late to read romance stories. In my youth, I was rather arrogant about this genre but I have realised that to be delightfully entertained you certainly should read a romance now and then. (Besides there is a huge romance going in “Lord of the Rings” one of my most favourite books LOL).
In this particular one, I enjoyed the main character Kate a lot. Very young and attractive she does not let anyone tell her what to do. I just love strong-willed heroines in a book probably because I am little like that even if it leads me to my own demise.
Kate comes to London just when the war brakes out. She is from Ireland but stays with her English mother’s family to find a job in London. At first she is not very successful as Londoners are not so keen on employing an Irish person but she prevails just to find a job with a rather unpleasant employer.
On one of her first days, she meets dashing Charlie, who has a reputation for being a ladies man. He is the son of Kate’s aunt and uncle’s neighbours, so they are bound to meet again. And so they do, and a rather choppy love story ensues. I have never wanted to know so badly of anyone if they get married or not.
There is a lot of background WW2 going on. I have worked in a few homes for elderly people in Germany and had a close relationship with my grandmother, so I had heard a few reports of how Germans have experienced the war. It is enlightening to me how “the other side” looks at it. As far as I can see most felt the same “rather not have a war” but there is one great difference: People from allied countries can always feel it was a just war as they defended democracy. Germans no matter if they followed Hitler or not always have the blame at their back. But the losses and pain suffered are the same no matter on which side you fought.
This backdrop adds to the choppiness of Kate’s and Charlie’s love story, but it also makes it more than exciting.
That stings: There is a little bit too much up and down going on for my taste. However, I think that is part of the genre and makes it a good book. I wished though there would have been more scenes put into action instead of describing what happened.
And the honey of it all? “Into the Unkown” is a delightful love story with thousands of twists and turns that keeps you reading to find out if Kate and Charlie really get each other in the end. A little too many descriptions doesn’t disturb the joy of reading “Into the Unknown”.
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