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11 October 2018

Book Review: A Ration Book Christmas by Jean Fullerton

This was such a sweet Christmassy read for all that it's set during the devastation of the Blitz. A Ration Book Chrismas gives you the warm fuzzies with its message of togetherness inspire of circumstances.

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It's 1940 and the German Luftwaffe have started their nightly reign of death and destruction over London's East End. The Brogan family is braced and ready to take on Hitler single-handed, if need be, but with rationing, air-raids and the threat of Nazi invasion hanging over this doughty family, their spirits are taking a bit of a battering...

For Jo, the youngest of the Brogan sisters and newly qualified as an ambulance driver, the freedom of her job also offers the chance to see the love of her life, Tommy Sweete, more often. But Tommy's dangerous reputation means he's disapproved of by her family, and any chance of happiness seems very far away. As the Blitz devastates their homes and neighbourhood, can their love survive the horrors of war-time London?

Source: Giveaway

5 Words: Family, war, love, misunderstanding, heart-warming.

I loved Jo and her determination. She knew what she wanted (for the most part) and she was ready to fight for it and do what she needed to do to get it. She strives to exceed everyone's expectations of her, and it's so inspiring.

This book really explores family dynamics. You had the Brogans, close and caring and always looking out for each other, even if they didn't necessarily believe in each other's actions, and held their own little resentments. Then you had the Sweetes, and the control and toxicity and manipulation. I loved seeing both families side by side, delving in to the complications of families.

A Ration Book Christmas really grabs hold of the Keep Calm And Carry On mentality of the war, and the characters really display such steadfastness against the despair of the reality of war.

I also loved how there were a few ration book recipes in the back of the book, although the thought of offal makes me gag so I won't be trying the heart one!

This is the perfect read for the run up to Christmas.

Do you read festive books?


  1. This book sounds right up my street, I love history books and WW2 is a particularly favourite period. I've never heard of ration book recipes but that's a lovely touch - although I'm with you on offal, YUCK! xx

    Lisa |

  2. This sounds like an interesting read and a good way to learn about history too. I like that it's heart-warming and inspirational and focuses on family and love. I'd definitely be keen to read this story and I'd be interested to see what recipes they had too, but no thanks to offal, ha ha. Great review Cora <3 xx

    Bexa |

  3. This sounds so lovely, I love reading your thoughts on it! I really enjoy novels with a historical setting, I really want to give it a read, especially on the run up to Christmas, it sounds the perfect time :D xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara

  4. Ooh i love Christmassy books, Ive re-read A Christmas Carol many times over the years and now I love The Dark is Rising too.

  5. This sounds great. I don't tend to read Christmassy books, though each year in October/November I read a few vampires books!


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