Back of the book :
He promised to love her forever.
Now time is running out …
1943, in the ruins of blitzed London Stella Thorne and Dan Rosinski meet by chance and fall in love by accident. Theirs is a reluctant, unstoppable affair in which all the odds are stacked against them : she is newly married, he is an American bomber pilot whose chance of survival is just one in five.
Seventy years later Dan makes one final attempt to find the girl he has never forgotten, and sends one last letter to the house where they shared a brief yet perfect happiness. But Stella has gone, and the letter is opened by Jess, a young girl hiding from problems of her own. And as Jess reads Dan’s words, she is captivated by the story of love affair that burned so bright and dimmed too soon.
Can she help Dan find Stella before it’s too late ?
What I think :
When Jess finds an abandoned house in the middle of a London suburb, she takes a chance and breaks in. She is really frightened, she fears for her life as she has run away from her abusive boyfriend. She only has the clothes she stands up in and fifty pounds, she hasn’t even got any shoes on as they were too high for her to run in. She stays the night and the next morning the postman brings a letter to the house, it’s addressed to a ‘Stella Thorne’. With her interest piqued Jess opens the letter and discovers it from some one called Dan, He’s looking for his lost love from 70 years ago. Jess decides she wants to help Dan and goes about trying to find Stella.
The year is 1943 and Stella has just married the local vicar, Charles Thorne. They live in the local parish of Kings Oak, which is just outside London. She tries really hard to make her marriage work, but the truth is that Charles is a very distant, cold man and he doesn’t really love her. Stella is very unhappy. One evening she goes to London on a night out with her friend Nancy. She’s in a bombed out church when she meets Dan, He’s there taking photo’s. They become friends and then slowly they fall in love ..
Back in 2011, we also meet Will. He works for a probate office, he’s looking for Nancy Price, (Who we know as Stella’s bestfriend) He goes to the house that Jess is staying in and they meet. Jess and Will become friends, and Will ends up helping Jess to try and find the mysterious Stella.
This book has two timelines, one in wartime 1943 and the other in present day 2011. I always really like different timeline books because you can see all the differences and also all the similarities of then and now.
We discover quite early on that Stella and Dan didn’t spend any time together after the war because of the letter that Dan send trying to find Stella at the start of the book. Although the main story is really Stella and Dan’s, I really also think that there is a bit of a love story in modern times with Jess and Will. It certainly mirrors Stella and Dan’s story.
All four main characters are really superb, Stella’s story is really heartbreaking in places however, she is a very strong person and battle’s through. All the way throughout the book I was really rooting for Dan and really hoped that he found her again, even if it was just for a short while. These were times when sometimes there just wasn’t a happy ending.
I really enjoyed this tender, beautiful story, about lost love and also new love and the fact that whatever age you are it’s never ever too late. It really is the kind of book that you read and you don’t want to end. It drew me in from the very first page right up until that last one. However this book should come with a warning !! This book will make you cry ! tissues needed !!
I give this fabulous book 10/10.
Published by Simon and Schuster on the 23/04/15.
I purchased my copy from WHSmith – £7:99.