Saturday, September 14, 2013

I'll Get By - Single Title review

A beguiling 1940s saga about unexpected blessings, the perils of wartime and falling in love, I’ll Get By is first-class tale from Janet Woods’ talented pen.

On the brink of the Second World War, seventeen year old Meggie Elliott leaves her old life behind to go and stay in London with her aunt Esme and her husband, Dr. Leo Thornton. Meggie cannot wait to cast off the shackles of her old life for the bright lights of London. However, Meggie’s excitement quickly gives way to fear and unease when she ends up getting lost on her first day in the capital. Luckily for her, a kind-hearted and dashing police officer, Sergeant Benjamin Blessing saves the day and points her in the right direction to her Aunt’s house. However, Meggie soon realizes that her good-looking saviour is not all that he seems…

With the dark clouds of war gathering around them, Meggie realizes that she cannot possibly continue to idle away her life and that she must do something to help her country and do her bit for the war effort. Although Meggie had initially come to London in order to go to University and make her dream of becoming a lawyer a reality, the intelligent young woman soon realizes that the time has come for her to put her ambitions on hold and make her country proud. In a fit of patriotism, Meggie decides to join the Women’s Royal Navy Service and is overjoyed when she is welcomed into their ranks after she aces the interview. Sent to work in a decoding unit, Meggie finally seems to have got all the excitement that she had been looking for when she had first decided to come and stay with her Aunt Esme in London. 

When she meets her boss, the dangerously charismatic aristocrat, Nicholas Cowan, Meggie finds herself attracted to the sophisticated nobleman. Nicholas is good-looking, charming and debonair and he quickly sweeps Meggie off her feet. But Meggie cannot quite shake off this feeling that she had met the man who had stolen her heart once before…

As she begins to put together the pieces of the puzzle that is Nicholas Cowan, Meggie uncovers shocking lies and devastating truths that could not only destroy his reputation but jeopardise their burgeoning relationship. Torn between duty and desire, Meggie must decide whether she is ready to risk her happiness or whether she should reveal the scandalous secrets that could endanger the life of the only man she will ever love…

Janet Woods writes highly compelling, emotional and captivating historical sagas that are difficult to put down and absolutely impossible to forget and I’ll Get By is another example of this talented author’s wonderful ability to create spellbinding stories that linger in the reader’s imagination long after the last page is turned.

I’ll Get By has got a terrific heroine who is smart, feisty and intelligent, an enigmatic and charming hero and a wonderful cast of well-developed characters that come alive from the very first page. It is impossible not to fall in love with Meggie and Nicholas and not to cross your fingers and cheer on these wonderful characters onto their journey to happiness.

A fantastic historical novel that is intriguing, exciting and wonderfully romantic, I’ll Get By is an outstanding tale of love, loss and hope in wartime Britain that will enchant, enrapture and delight!- 

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