16 February 2024

embers in the london sky | first line friday + the friday 56

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happy friday!

i've never been disappointed by one of sarah sundin's books, so i have high hopes for embers in the london sky. if i'm lucky, i'll have time to read it this weekend.

first line: as soon as she escaped to england, aleida van der zee martens would cut her hair and have her son photographed for the first time.

page 56: "criticism is bad for morale."

about the book

As the German army invades the Netherlands in 1940, Aleida van der Zee Martens escapes to London to wait out the Occupation. Separated from her three-year-old son, Theo, in the process, the young widow desperately searches for her little boy even as she works for an agency responsible for evacuating children to the countryside.

When German bombs set London ablaze, BBC radio correspondent Hugh Collingwood reports on the Blitz, eager to boost morale while walking the fine line between truth and censorship. But the Germans are not the only ones Londoners have to fear as a series of murders flame up amid the ashes.

The deaths hit close to home for Hugh, and Aleida needs his help to locate her missing son. As they work together, they grow closer and closer, both to each other and the answers they seek. But with bombs falling and continued killings, they may be running out of time.

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  1. Sounds like an emotional read!

    Have a great weekend!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog
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  2. I'm reading a book set in WWII right now. I am always shocked by how many stories have been spun by it.

  3. Happy Friday!
    I'm almost done with Calling on the Matchmaker by Jody Hedlund. I love this book!
    "He didn't know what to say, didn't want to probe, but he also didn't want to ignore her obvious distress. Rather than say the wrong thing, he stood silently and waited."
    Have a great weekend! 😀❤️📚