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In September of 1940, during the Blitz in London, Audrey Stocking is blending in with other civilians who are trying to survive the nightly bombings, but she has a secret. She's not British; she's German. Her fake passport and nearly perfect English allow her to blend in as she works hard to help evacuate British children into the countryside. Audrey longs to reunite with In September of 1940, during the Blitz in London, Audrey Stocking is blending in with other civilians who are trying to survive the nightly bombings, but she has a secret. She's not British; she's German. Her fake passport and nearly perfect English allow her to blend in as she works hard to help evacuate British children into the countryside. Audrey longs to reunite with her family in Germany, but her double life, the bombings, and the watchful British Military Intelligence have forced her to stay put. And then there are the paralyzing nightmares . . . Lieutenant Wesley Bowers, an American soldier training with London's Bomb Disposal Company 5, meets Audrey when an air raid leaves an unexploded bomb on the floor of her flat. She is attractive, intelligent, and compassionate, and there's an immediate connection between them. As they get to know each other, Wesley realizes Audrey is the one bright spot amid the war's unending bleakness and constant threat of death. But will he still feel the same if he discovers the secrets she is hiding? Secrets even Audrey is unaware of? In Times of Rain and War is a gripping and heartbreakingly beautiful story about the strength and resilience of the human heart and spirit, reminding us there is always hope in hard times.


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In September of 1940, during the Blitz in London, Audrey Stocking is blending in with other civilians who are trying to survive the nightly bombings, but she has a secret. She's not British; she's German. Her fake passport and nearly perfect English allow her to blend in as she works hard to help evacuate British children into the countryside. Audrey longs to reunite with In September of 1940, during the Blitz in London, Audrey Stocking is blending in with other civilians who are trying to survive the nightly bombings, but she has a secret. She's not British; she's German. Her fake passport and nearly perfect English allow her to blend in as she works hard to help evacuate British children into the countryside. Audrey longs to reunite with her family in Germany, but her double life, the bombings, and the watchful British Military Intelligence have forced her to stay put. And then there are the paralyzing nightmares . . . Lieutenant Wesley Bowers, an American soldier training with London's Bomb Disposal Company 5, meets Audrey when an air raid leaves an unexploded bomb on the floor of her flat. She is attractive, intelligent, and compassionate, and there's an immediate connection between them. As they get to know each other, Wesley realizes Audrey is the one bright spot amid the war's unending bleakness and constant threat of death. But will he still feel the same if he discovers the secrets she is hiding? Secrets even Audrey is unaware of? In Times of Rain and War is a gripping and heartbreakingly beautiful story about the strength and resilience of the human heart and spirit, reminding us there is always hope in hard times.

30 review for In Times of Rain and War

  1. 4 out of 5

    Fran

    The Blitz, the Luftwaffe's strategic bombing campaign on London, commenced in September, 1940. A bomb wedged itself in the floor of Audrey Stocking's flat. Seventeen year old Audrey, choking for air, was able to gingerly evacuate the flat where the bomb had fallen through the ceiling, ripping part of a supporting wall while clouds of grit enveloped the entire building. Once Audrey and her Aunt Claire arrived at an Underground Shelter, Audrey realized she had forgotten her list, a directory of ch The Blitz, the Luftwaffe's strategic bombing campaign on London, commenced in September, 1940. A bomb wedged itself in the floor of Audrey Stocking's flat. Seventeen year old Audrey, choking for air, was able to gingerly evacuate the flat where the bomb had fallen through the ceiling, ripping part of a supporting wall while clouds of grit enveloped the entire building. Once Audrey and her Aunt Claire arrived at an Underground Shelter, Audrey realized she had forgotten her list, a directory of children who would be sent to the English countryside by the Women's Voluntary Services (WVS), a cause championed by Lady Reading, the organization's founder. "Hidden carefully beneath her mattress...a rectangular wooden box made of carefully carved and stained ebony. If the letters inside this box were discovered, it would ruin everything". Bomb or no bomb, Audrey was determined to sneak into her flat to retrieve her list and ebony box. The building, now roped off, had a sign that read "No Entry, Unexploded Ordnance". A guard was stationed at the barricade. Audrey explained to Wes Bowers, an American Marine stationed at the building and deployed to observe the method of defusing unexploded bombs, that in the confusion, she had forgotten a list of child evacuees. Before removing the bomb, Wes scanned the flat finding Audrey's binder and her treasured ebony box. A budding friendship was soon to arise. This special bond aided Audrey who experienced crippling bouts of anxiety and melancholy. Audrey and Aunt Claire were trying to ride out the war in London using forged passports. They must keep their true identities secret. Lady Reading of the VWS had detected Audrey's slight accent, however, Audrey Stocking's ethics and assistance in saving children was beyond reproach. Second Lieutenant Wesley Bowers, an American, had recently arrived in England. Bowers would be shadowing a British Bomb Disposal Squad. The average life expectancy of those working bomb disposal was ten weeks. Colonel Moore, a pensioner in his 60's and an experienced soldier of the Great War would command the small squadron. "...the war pits Bomb Disposal sections, with little more than basic tools...against the best scientists Germany has to offer...technical lads take the information and hardware we send them and tear it apart, analyze it, and experiment with it, looking for creative ways to defeat the German bombs". In alternating chapters, Audrey works relentlessly to help prioritize the children and deliver them to farms and communities outside London. Wesley, as part of Colonel Moore's team, learns the intricacies of defusing bombs. "It's different when you know you'll be standing right beside it, touching it, dancing with it...Your pulse will beat like a kettledrum...your muscles will snug into what feels like a single knot...after a while it gets considerably easier". "Most who have suffered trauma in life tend to stay quiet, not talk about it...". Audrey's ebony box took center stage as it contained letters sent to and received from her papa. She shared her letter writing philosophy with civilians and military personnel she met in WWII London. "A well-thought-through letter whispers with sight, touch, smell-and, most importantly time". "Wesley felt better having taken the time to consider his feelings, to express them on paper...". "In Times of Rain and War" by Camron Wright is a novel of historical fiction that "teaches the truth" based upon the experiences of Wesley Bowers, a member of the British Bomb Disposal Unit. Although a fictionalized account, the novel is based in part upon volunteers who wrote diaries as they were witnessing the devastation and destruction during the Blitz. "Life is seldom what we ask for, and we should thank heaven for every painful, wearisome, hurtful, joyous, amazing, gentle moment". Highly recommended. Thank you Shadow Mountain Publishing and Net Galley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    1940. London is under blitz. Lieutenant Wesley Bowers is an American who arrives in London to help with the bomb disposal. Audrey Stocking is a German Jew trying to survive the war in London and working as a volunteer to take children out of London to the countryside. What interested me to this story was London’s blitz and the heroine’s work of safeguarding children. However, I struggled with the prose which is wordy and I struggled to connect with the heroine. She has a secret of being Jewish a 1940. London is under blitz. Lieutenant Wesley Bowers is an American who arrives in London to help with the bomb disposal. Audrey Stocking is a German Jew trying to survive the war in London and working as a volunteer to take children out of London to the countryside. What interested me to this story was London’s blitz and the heroine’s work of safeguarding children. However, I struggled with the prose which is wordy and I struggled to connect with the heroine. She has a secret of being Jewish and her volunteering is noble. However, I’m not drawn to secrets and besides her volunteering work there was not much there to connect me with her. I wanted her character to be better developed. There is of course romance which is a common theme with WWII stories. It was interesting to read about Women’s Voluntary Services and the British government’s efforts of moving thousands of children to safer ground. There are plenty of readers who appreciate this style of writing and will enjoy this story. Source: ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    MicheleReader

    This emotional book starts in September, 1940. The Blitz has overtaken London with ongoing bombings creating death and destruction. For Audrey Stocking, she is not only trying to survive but trying to hide her true identity. She is German and Jewish having escaped to England with a fake passport. Audrey has been working for the Woman’s Voluntary Services to bring children to the countryside for safety. During an air raid, an unexploded bomb lands in her apartment. A bomb disposal unit comes to r This emotional book starts in September, 1940. The Blitz has overtaken London with ongoing bombings creating death and destruction. For Audrey Stocking, she is not only trying to survive but trying to hide her true identity. She is German and Jewish having escaped to England with a fake passport. Audrey has been working for the Woman’s Voluntary Services to bring children to the countryside for safety. During an air raid, an unexploded bomb lands in her apartment. A bomb disposal unit comes to remove it and she meets Lieutenant Wesley Bowers, an American. Their meeting is the beginning of a special connection between two people living one day at a time. In Times of Rain and War was inspired by the actual life of Lieutenant Bowers. Author Camron Wright details the bravery of those who worked to disarm the German bombs, which continued to become more and more sophisticated and tough to prevent from detonating. Amidst all the horror surrounding them, Audrey and Wes find hope. This was a fast-moving book that shook me to the core. By the time the book ended, I was filled with so much emotion that I had to sit and reflect on what I’d just read. Add In Times of Rain and War to your list of WWII-era books to read. Many thanks to NetGalley, Shadow Mountain Publishing and the author for the opportunity to read this beautiful story prior to its publication. Rated 4.25 stars. Review posted on MicheleReader.com.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lucinda

    This is a hard book to rate. Between 3 1/2 and 4. It's not the usual genre I read, but I liked the story and it kept me interested to the end. This is a fictional account based on historical facts, and it describes the bombings in London and the one of units tasked with disarming the bombs. There's a lot at stake for Audrey as she tries to do the best she can to transport children to the countryside while keeping her true identity a secret. Wesley is an American lieutenant who's been sent to Eng This is a hard book to rate. Between 3 1/2 and 4. It's not the usual genre I read, but I liked the story and it kept me interested to the end. This is a fictional account based on historical facts, and it describes the bombings in London and the one of units tasked with disarming the bombs. There's a lot at stake for Audrey as she tries to do the best she can to transport children to the countryside while keeping her true identity a secret. Wesley is an American lieutenant who's been sent to England to learn more about defusing bombs. I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    First off I'd like to say that I think the cover and title of this book are beautiful. Really well done. It's hard for me to know how to review a book that has me feeling so conflicted. I'm generally a HEA kind of reader and when I read a book about war I want to end it feeling like something good came from the war. That's why war stories usually have a romance to carry the story. We need something happy to keep us from drowning in the sorrow of the bad. When I got to the end of this novel I was First off I'd like to say that I think the cover and title of this book are beautiful. Really well done. It's hard for me to know how to review a book that has me feeling so conflicted. I'm generally a HEA kind of reader and when I read a book about war I want to end it feeling like something good came from the war. That's why war stories usually have a romance to carry the story. We need something happy to keep us from drowning in the sorrow of the bad. When I got to the end of this novel I was crying. And I felt conflicted about rating it because I wanted to be mad at the author for how he ended it. But then I realized I still did feel something good. Yes I felt sad but I was crying because I felt something good still came from all that bad. Wesley Bowers was a real man but most of this story is fiction because like most veterans of war he shared very little about his experiences. I've never read anything about the bomb disposal teams before and it was really fascinating. The other members of the disposal team were interesting characters and I felt attached to and was rooting for the entire team. Audrey's *true* story was just awful. War is ugly and brings out the worst in people. In *some* people. In others it brings out the best. That's how I felt about Audrey. I loved the letter writing and how cathartic it was for everyone who wrote one. Even though I was crying at the end it was still a beautiful story and I liked how it ended.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rajiv

    [Blog]::[Youtube]::[Twitter]::[Instagram]::[Pinterest]::[Bloglovin] I admit, when I initially started reading this book, I didn’t know what to expect. I thought the story would be dark and depressing about the terrors of war. Yes, it does contain a few of those scenes, but it is SO MUCH much! The story turned out to be incredible that me going through all kinds of emotions! Let’s start with the two leads. Audrey is a beautiful character with a complicated past. I admired her passion for helpin [Blog]::[Youtube]::[Twitter]::[Instagram]::[Pinterest]::[Bloglovin] I admit, when I initially started reading this book, I didn’t know what to expect. I thought the story would be dark and depressing about the terrors of war. Yes, it does contain a few of those scenes, but it is SO MUCH much! The story turned out to be incredible that me going through all kinds of emotions! Let’s start with the two leads. Audrey is a beautiful character with a complicated past. I admired her passion for helping the children and was intrigued about her history and reason for nightmares. On a side note, I enjoyed the details the author wrote about the Women’s Voluntary Services. Wes, on the other hand, was equally fun. It was interesting to see the various situations he endured with his team and how he tries to win them. I loved the scenes where he talks to Badger and his emotions when he sees the bodies. Moreover, I loved Wes and Audrey! Thankfully, the author did not force a steamy relationship of them for the reader. They share a sweet friendship. I loved many of their moments, like their chess tournaments, deep conversations about life and death, and how Audrey talks about her religion. Furthermore, the author did a fantastic job in narrating the plot. There is never a dull moment, and the story gets thrilling towards the climax. There were a few shocking twists I did not expect. Moreover, I thought the author is incredibly talented and hard-working for the details put into the story. I felt I learned so much about bomb diffusing, from anti withdrawal devices to steam sterilizers. Similarly, I learned facts about various people involved, like Rühlemann. In short, “In Times of Rain and War” is an excellent historical fiction novel that I loved reading!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    This wonderfully compelling and poignant book immediately grabbed me in a deeply emotive way. I must have read at least 30 WWII novels in the past few months and this...this is a firm favourite. Why? It's different, substantive and heart warming, yet gut wrenching. It's all I seek in a novel and then some. For me it has that special something that easily elevates it from a 4* to a 5* read. My first book by Camron Wright was such a pleasure! I enjoyed it thoroughly. That ending! Wow! Compassionate This wonderfully compelling and poignant book immediately grabbed me in a deeply emotive way. I must have read at least 30 WWII novels in the past few months and this...this is a firm favourite. Why? It's different, substantive and heart warming, yet gut wrenching. It's all I seek in a novel and then some. For me it has that special something that easily elevates it from a 4* to a 5* read. My first book by Camron Wright was such a pleasure! I enjoyed it thoroughly. That ending! Wow! Compassionate Audrey Stocking helps rescue displaced children and finds homes for them. She loses her own home and belongings to a bomb but continues her work nonetheless. London is being heavily bombed and horrors are common, though impossible to grow accustomed to. Audrey values her irreplaceable ebony box and treasures within with ties to her secret life and to her family. She is fluent in English but it is imperative that she hide her Jewish German identity otherwise she would be imprisoned...or worse. American Lt. Wesley Bowers arrives in England and is shocked by what he sees in the fiery halo of death and destruction which envelops him. He can breathe it. His job is to disarm bombs which is described in brilliant detail in the book, a topic I knew nothing about. Part of the story details his dangerous job and those he works with. I love that he learns how to write letters from his heart. We meet several other fascinating characters including Aunt Claire, Colonel Moore and Lady Reading. The book is about heroism, relationships, the unbelievable will to survive overwhelming conditions and precious hope. I highly, highly recommend this stunning read to Historical Fiction readers especially but to any General Fiction readers as well. One of my favourite passages (there are many!) is about rain and primrose petals. Breathtaking and memorable. The story is even more gorgeous than the title and cover! My sincere thank you to Shadow Mountain Publishing and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this enchanting book in exchange for an honest review. Much appreciated.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    I have enjoyed all Camron Wright's books, so I was really looking forward to this one. And it did not disappoint! Fall of 1940 and the Blitz has started in London. Audrey and her aunt are working with the Woman's Voluntary Service to help move children from the city to safe havens in the country. Only the two of them are hiding a deep secret. They are living in England on false passports. If the secret gets out, it could be devastating for them. Audrey befriends an American who has arrived in the I have enjoyed all Camron Wright's books, so I was really looking forward to this one. And it did not disappoint! Fall of 1940 and the Blitz has started in London. Audrey and her aunt are working with the Woman's Voluntary Service to help move children from the city to safe havens in the country. Only the two of them are hiding a deep secret. They are living in England on false passports. If the secret gets out, it could be devastating for them. Audrey befriends an American who has arrived in the early days of the war. America hasn't officially joined the war, but Wesley wanted to do his part. As part of a bomb disposal group, he knows his life expectancy is low. When the two meet, a special bond is formed and they bring light to this hard life they are living. I enjoyed getting to know these characters. The banter was sweet, the story was an interesting one with the bomb information, and ultimately it was heart-wrenching. I enjoyed this unique look at WWII and being immersed in a "bomb squad". Thank you NetGalley and Shadow Mountain for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    *3.5 Thank you Netgalley and Shadow Mountain for providing an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. Partially based on a true story, In Times of Rain and War tells the story of a German woman living in London, Audrey, and an American soldier working in bomb disposal, Wes, and how their lives intertwine. While I did thoroughly enjoy this book, there were some scenes and aspects that held me back from fully becoming immersed. The parts of this novel that were based on fact (such a *3.5 Thank you Netgalley and Shadow Mountain for providing an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. Partially based on a true story, In Times of Rain and War tells the story of a German woman living in London, Audrey, and an American soldier working in bomb disposal, Wes, and how their lives intertwine. While I did thoroughly enjoy this book, there were some scenes and aspects that held me back from fully becoming immersed. The parts of this novel that were based on fact (such as Wes and his relationship with Nathelle, or the PTSD Wes experiences) seemed pushed to the side at times and more like an afterthought in comparison to Audrey and her relationship with Wes. That being said, I loved Audrey’s character and the journey she goes through. I thought the focus on the Women's Voluntary Service was unique to the genre, and Audrey’s perspective as a German woman hiding in England only enhanced that. Her character, and the anxiety and trauma she experienced, felt much more fleshed out and realized. The writing voice is poetic and poignant and, like all of Camron Wright’s books, does a wonderful job of weaving fact and fiction into the narrative. Though this book was not my favorite WWII novel, I do still think it has value and recommend it to anyone looking for an impactful, emotional read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

    Secrets, letters, love, and war. Audrey Stocking had secrets...she wasn’t British but German and Jewish. She left her family for London just when the Blitz began. While in London a bomb landed in her apartment and left her frantic for a box that had names of children she was helping move out of London to the countryside. Audrey was helped by Wesley Bowers, an American helping the British defuse bombs and a soldier who found the box for her. They became close, and we follow both throughout the war an Secrets, letters, love, and war. Audrey Stocking had secrets...she wasn’t British but German and Jewish. She left her family for London just when the Blitz began. While in London a bomb landed in her apartment and left her frantic for a box that had names of children she was helping move out of London to the countryside. Audrey was helped by Wesley Bowers, an American helping the British defuse bombs and a soldier who found the box for her. They became close, and we follow both throughout the war and after. IN TIMES OF RAIN AND WAR is beautifully written and has heartfelt moments that will require tissues. I enjoyed this book that is based on a real person. 4/5 This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Grover

    4.5 stars! “In Times of Rain and War is a gripping and heartbreakingly beautiful story.” This was unlike any other World War II book that I have read. It is based on real accounts told to the author by Rachel Bowers about her grandfather, LT. Wesley Bowers, an American GI who served on the bomb disposal team in London and whose life is the inspiration for the main character of this story. This book is about strength and resilience and spirit. It is also about love. It helps to reminds us there is 4.5 stars! “In Times of Rain and War is a gripping and heartbreakingly beautiful story.” This was unlike any other World War II book that I have read. It is based on real accounts told to the author by Rachel Bowers about her grandfather, LT. Wesley Bowers, an American GI who served on the bomb disposal team in London and whose life is the inspiration for the main character of this story. This book is about strength and resilience and spirit. It is also about love. It helps to reminds us there is always hope in hard times.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a historical fiction. The writing style in this book was just not for me. I tried reading the kindle book of this book, and I ended up putting it down around 20% into it. Then, when it came out I got the audiobook to see if that would help me get into it, but the audiobook did not help me at all. I think the narrator of the audiobook was not for me either. I stop the audiobook around 40%. I give this book every try I could, but it was just not for me. I am not going to say it was bad bec This is a historical fiction. The writing style in this book was just not for me. I tried reading the kindle book of this book, and I ended up putting it down around 20% into it. Then, when it came out I got the audiobook to see if that would help me get into it, but the audiobook did not help me at all. I think the narrator of the audiobook was not for me either. I stop the audiobook around 40%. I give this book every try I could, but it was just not for me. I am not going to say it was bad because their really nothing that was bad about it. I did find that the first chapter was longer then I felt it needed to be. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Shadow Mountain) or author (Camron Wright) via NetGalley, so I can give honest review about how I feel about this book. I want to send a big Thank you to them for that. (*)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Sometimes a person has an idea about a book going into it that doesn’t pan out and can leave one confused or angry. I admit I had some kind of false understanding about this book (I think I got it from the cover), so I took some time to formulate my thoughts before writing my review. Ultimately, I think one goes into this book thinking of it as an historical fiction read and not a romance, that person will come away quite happy with what they get. The historical aspects of this book are incredib Sometimes a person has an idea about a book going into it that doesn’t pan out and can leave one confused or angry. I admit I had some kind of false understanding about this book (I think I got it from the cover), so I took some time to formulate my thoughts before writing my review. Ultimately, I think one goes into this book thinking of it as an historical fiction read and not a romance, that person will come away quite happy with what they get. The historical aspects of this book are incredible! For someone who really enjoys reading WWII fiction/nonfiction, it seems silly to admit that I was not well educated about bomb disposal units and the nature of their work. I think somehow I’d just always figured that if a bomb didn’t explode, it was a dud and wouldn’t explode. I mean, I also knew that wasn’t necessarily accurate, so cut me some slack. I guess I just hadn’t thought through the logistics on that. But this book was fascinating to learn about the efforts and study and, unfortunately, trial and error that went into diffusing bombs. I also thought the mental health aspects of this book were quite interesting. The PTSD that both MCs deal with and how it affected their individual lives was so interesting and definitely increased my empathy for those who suffer through trauma and then have that trauma lived over again in their brains. It is heartbreaking. I will be completely honest, the end of this book made me cry. I would not necessarily say it wrapped up with a happily ever after. It is very raw and real and I got close enough to the characters that the ending felt a bit like a sucker punch to the gut. That said, however, I also felt like it wrapped up as well as it could have considering the circumstances. One of my favorite things in reading an historical fiction book is the author’s notes at the end. Educating about the historical facts and where the inspiration came from is always so interesting to me. This book particularly was incredible for that, considering that inspiration for the story not only came from historical facts but a real person. That connection was pretty remarkable. Note: this is a wartime book, specifically focusing on the bombing raids from the Germans on London, England, during WWII. There are a lot of bombs. Homes demolished, dead bodies, dismemberment, bomb defuse squads being blown up. Also PTSD and seeing murder. Quotes I loved from the book (could potentially contain spoilers): “... all I can suggest is that you get each day with honor and then leave the rest up to Someone of a higher rank, of you know what I mean.” She had created a coalition to help others, and thereby discovered—or rather remembered—that service is a salve that can heal all hurt, not just in strangers, but in oneself. “... if the people don’t need regain some hope around here, the Germans won’t need bigger bombs.” “When writing a letter to a person you care about, take the time to share a secret.” “A secret?” “Yes. One of life’s greatest gifts is that of trust. Sharing a secret is a gift to the reader since you’re sharing a normally guarded part of yourself, but it’s also a gift to the writer because, by sharing, you are placing trust in yourself.” “Write the type of letter that a reader will long to read twice. Also, don’t rush the writing. Remember that the pen, your fingers, the side of your hand, all touch the paper, and that means it carries a part of you. So, use words that carry a part of you as well.” “With such dire odds, the naysayers had proclaimed there was little England could do, yet this small, isolated country stood up to tyrants. I want to live with equal determination.” What she loved for instead was a patient poke when she was wrong, a point of praise when she was right, and someone loyal enough to stay around and help her navigate between them. Someone to make her laugh on occasion would also be nice. Audrey needed a friend. The soul is a tender and complicated thing, and it can bruise easily, but I’ve learned it’s after fighting through our deepest moments of distress that our greatest strengths are found. “It turns out that in the bomb shelters, we’re all the same, just people wanting to live another day. That’s the part of the war that’s nice.” “Never joke with death,” he whispered. “She doesn’t have a good sense of humor.” “I don’t seek war. I seek peace and forever will, but sometimes seeking peace means that soldiers must pick up their weapons and fight. That is the price of freedom.” “Men are like bombs, simple creatures, but while a bomb needs someone to kill, a man needs someone to save.” “What if life’s worst disasters—our greatest defeats—are the beginnings of our greatest victories?” Because in the middle of a war, or anytime a person is hurting, being close is the surest remedy for sadness. ... the space we leave around our words is sometimes as important as the words themselves. Wes, life isn’t a scale where the good is balanced against the bad, squaring the sides to declare a winner. Rather, our experiences, both the despair and the joy, are weighed on the same side, intertwined together to create the thread that weaves the cloth of our lives. Rising above life’s challenges often means climbing, but it can also mean digging. Life is short. Life is fragile. I shall grasp it with both hands and hang on, trying always to find the joy. Foods: Tea cakes Biscuits Grapefruit squash Ginger tea Lamb stew Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  14. 4 out of 5

    Teenage Reads

    Plot: When the sirens sounded, Audrey knew she only had seconds. Already wearing a siren suit, a fashion item that she can wear to bed but can also be seen in public, Audrey had minutes to get her and her Aunt Claire out of their London flat and into a bunker underneath the city. As what will be known as World War Two, rages on around them, London was frequently getting bombed by Nazi Germany. To the allies, it was known to be just Germany as the enemy, but Audrey knew better. Being German hersel Plot: When the sirens sounded, Audrey knew she only had seconds. Already wearing a siren suit, a fashion item that she can wear to bed but can also be seen in public, Audrey had minutes to get her and her Aunt Claire out of their London flat and into a bunker underneath the city. As what will be known as World War Two, rages on around them, London was frequently getting bombed by Nazi Germany. To the allies, it was known to be just Germany as the enemy, but Audrey knew better. Being German herself, Audrey and her Aunt Claire fled from Germany when Hitler was gaining power, and through their fake Swedish passports, landed a residency in London for the war. They are there to survive, but Audrey could not sit still, which is why she joins the Women’s Voluntary Services and helps them move children out of the city into the country where they should be safe from the bombs. When a bomb finds itself stuck in the middle of her flat, Audrey escapes but forgets the prize possession of the list of children's names she needs to escort out of London. Asking military personnel from the bomb disposal team, it was Lieutenant Wesley Bowers who promised he would take a look for her list when they removed the bomb from her flat. Wesley Bowers is the first American man sent to join the war, landing himself on the dangerous bomb disposal team. With a life span of ten weeks, Wes joins the crew and finds that his American ways and jokes are not amusing to his fully British team. Leaving his girl at home, Nathelle, Wes experiences the worst of humanity, as his team enters bombs in areas, and removes the bombs that did not go off to be properly disposed of. When Audrey asks him to find her list, he manages to rescue some more of her personal items like photographs and a letterbox. Finding himself drawn to this mysterious girl, Wes finds himself asking her to play chess with him, a game they both know how to play. Trying to gain the friendships of his team, Audrey, and facing what this war is doing to him as a person, Wes’s time on the bomb team, where he could die any minute as survival rates are low, is spent figuring out who he is as a person and preparing himself for his death. Thoughts: Camron Wright did not spare any expenses to humanity with this war theme novel. In the middle of World War Two, Nazi Germany was still winning, and with no signs of the United States joining the fight, the people of London were finding themselves running out of hope as their city seemed to have got bombed nightly. Part of this story is true, as Rachel Bowers told Cameron about her grandfather Wesley Bowers and his time within the bomb disposal team in London. Therefore, where parts of this book are functional like Audrey and the backstory to Landy Reading is also being fabricated. As stated in the author's notes, where this book may not be totally true, Wright did their best to have the story’s truth be real. One of the hundreds of books about the Blitz, Wright kept to the theme not of love, but of morality, which can be seen from all the characters, but especially Wes. The character of Wes was so vivid as Wright starts him off with thinking of his life span of ten weeks, to one of his first conversations with the colonel asking Wes if he was prepared for death. Audrey is also transfixed to her morality as she spends her time throughout the book saving others, despite Claire wanting her to save herself. Wright really grapes onto the emotional aspect of the war, showing what it does to soldiers and those around them. With a realistic ending, Wright includes this novel nicely but it is not necessarily happy, thus, the realistic edge to it. With clean clear writing, Wrights does the third person, and mainly sticks to following Audrey and Wes around, but does switch to members on Wes’s team, Claire, Leady Reading, and others. This truly is a heartbreaking novel, so if you want a good cry and to feel blessed for your own morality, this is the book for you, as Wright carefully crafts their book around the fragility of morality.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    In Times of Rain and War by Camron Wright is an excellent historical fiction novel that takes place primarily during WWII. This book is so wonderful, heartwarming, heartbreaking, memorable, and unique. There are several plots and subplots that take place throughout the book and I will leave it to the reader to check out the synopsis. I loved how the book alternates between Wes and Audrey primarily, however we also get snippets into the thoughts of many of the secondary characters. It was truly w In Times of Rain and War by Camron Wright is an excellent historical fiction novel that takes place primarily during WWII. This book is so wonderful, heartwarming, heartbreaking, memorable, and unique. There are several plots and subplots that take place throughout the book and I will leave it to the reader to check out the synopsis. I loved how the book alternates between Wes and Audrey primarily, however we also get snippets into the thoughts of many of the secondary characters. It was truly wonderful and insightful to peek into the souls of so many characters and get their respective histories, memories, hopes, and dreams. It added so much perspective, appreciation, and complexity to the story. I also loved learning so much about the Bomb disposal squads and the “Backroom” fellows that used these disarmed segments to help find out how to understand, learn, and outsmart the Nazis and their own bomb-making technology. It was so sobering to see how so many risked (and lost) their lives during the war from yet another perspective. I do not think I have even read anything including these jobs. It was fascinating. I loved the development of the full character cast. I honestly loved every character, but for some reason I truly connected with Colonel Moore. He was smart, daring, distinguished, a father figure, respected, but yet placed himself on the same level of his team. His advice, insights, personality, and faith truly made him an exceptional character. He could easily have his own story. I loved the story of Wes and Audrey. Their respective pasts, traumas of past and current, their relationship, and the way it all tied up and ended. Needless to say I teared up several times during this book. I won’t mention when as I do not want to spoil the surprises. Also, the discussion of PTSD from a multitude of sources was important. I also loved the letter writing concept, that putting secrets, hopes, fears, and dreams onto paper could somehow make it to the intended despite if they were present or not was so wonderful. It really pulled at my heart. I also really enjoyed the impressive Author’s Notes at the end. What was real, inspired, and added was important. Also reading Rachel’s story was fascinating. I have nothing but respect for what she has sacrificed. Lastly, I am still thinking about the fundamental concepts brought up by the book. Light mingling with dark. Good mixed with evil. Sacrifice mixed with regret. One cannot feel the warmth of the sun unless they have not truly experienced the dark. Rain can add to misery, dampness, darkness, and flooding, however it is needed, essential, restorative and refreshing, and making things anew. That is how it is coming out of despair, loss, separation, sacrifice, and war and finding hope, life, second chances, a better life, repurpose, faith, love, and life anew. One does not truly appreciate the goodness and rewards in life unless they have experienced the valleys and depths. That is what this book, I feel, is also about. All of this wrapped up into one wonderful novel. Truly breathtaking and one of my top reads this year. I will remember this for years to come. 5/5 stars enthusiastically Thank you NetGalley and Shadow Mountain Publishing for this ARC and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion. I am posting this review to my GR, Bookbub, and Instagram accounts immediately and will post it to my Instagram, Amazon, and B&N accounts upon publication on 4/6/21.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Date reviewed/posted: March 26, 2021 Publication date: April 6, 2021 When life for the entire galaxy and planet has turned on its end, you are continuing to #maskup and #lockdown to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #secondwave ( #thirdwave ?)is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange fo Date reviewed/posted: March 26, 2021 Publication date: April 6, 2021 When life for the entire galaxy and planet has turned on its end, you are continuing to #maskup and #lockdown to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #secondwave ( #thirdwave ?)is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. During World War II, an American soldier encounters a German woman living a secret life in bomb-blighted London. In September of 1940, the Blitz had begun. Like other British civilians, Audrey Stocking is determined to survive, except she isn’t from England. She is a German—a young Jewish woman with a fake passport and a nearly-perfect British accent, trying her best to blend into the city. Her days are kept busy working for the Woman’s Voluntary Services to evacuate British children into the countryside, saving them from nightly bombings over London. But she also writes secret letters addressed to her father’s factory back home. Audrey longs to be reunited with her father and younger brothers in Germany, but she isn’t holding out much hope. If the bombs don’t get her, British Military Intelligence will. And then there’s the paralyzing nightmares and flashbacks—something from her past she can’t quite remember. When an air raid leaves an unexploded bomb wedged in the floor of Audrey’s flat, an American soldier training with Bomb Disposal Company 5 is a welcome sight. Lieutenant Wesley Bowers arrived in England the day the Blitz began. He knows the average life expectancy of soldiers disarming bombs is ten weeks, and not all of the men in his unit will survive. Wes struggles with the idea of losing men who are starting to feel like family. Although he’s committed to being a soldier, he grapples with the thought of death. Meeting Audrey, an attractive, intelligent, and caring British girl has been the one bright spot during the war’s unending bleakness. Wes has a girl waiting for him back home, but he’s never met anyone like Audrey. There’s an immediate connection between them, and they open up to each other, sharing their innermost feelings. Will he still feel the same if he discovers the truth about her identity? Even Audrey doesn’t know the whole truth. Not yet. In Times of Rain and War is a gripping and heartbreakingly beautiful story about the strength and resilience of the human heart and spirit, reminding us there is always hope in hard times. I love historical fiction and this one was a wonderful read: great characters, a wonderfully crafted storyline and a firm grip on actual history...I find a lot of historical fiction authors take liberties at times but this one was spot on. I will highly recommend this book to patrons, family, friends, and strangers on the tube who I like to ask if they are enjoying what they are reading.! As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I simply adore emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/snowflakes / literally-like-overusers etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🚆🚆🚆🚆🚆 (mind the gap!)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mark Zvonkovic

    This beautifully written novel slides between great heights of hope and deep depths of despair. Perhaps the principal character from In Times of Rain and War is a black box carefully made by Audrey’s father, somewhat like a tefillin used by observant Jews to hold verses from the Torah. It was cleverly designed to require quick presses to its corners in a particular sequence in order to slide its lid free. Inside were letters Audrey had written to her father and those he had written to her. As tim This beautifully written novel slides between great heights of hope and deep depths of despair. Perhaps the principal character from In Times of Rain and War is a black box carefully made by Audrey’s father, somewhat like a tefillin used by observant Jews to hold verses from the Torah. It was cleverly designed to require quick presses to its corners in a particular sequence in order to slide its lid free. Inside were letters Audrey had written to her father and those he had written to her. As time passes in the novel more letters are added to the box, two of them written by Wes with whom Audrey has fallen in love. And finally are letters written to them. These letters contain much of the beautiful prose in the novel, and each of them written by Audrey or Wes contains a secret. The novel takes place in wartime England, during the German bombing of London and before the Americans enter the war. The male protagonist, Wes, is an American marine, sent to observe the art of defusing unexploded bombs. The young woman, Audrey, is a German national who entered England with a forged passport in order to escape the Nazis. Wes and Audrey have their personal demons, but they fall in love, as you would expect. And with that a description of the novel’s plot must stop, in order to avoid spoiling the novel’s intensity and the author’s magnificent rendition of the disasters that befell the English during Hitler’s ruthless bombardment of innocent citizens. The pace of the novel’s action is fast, but in many places the author uses a small pause in the action to illustrate a poignant moment. In a moment when Wes stands over a German airman he has killed in a small country church, he calls out “I had no choice,” as he looks up at a sculpture of Jesus on a silver cross. The author observes, “He seemed to be looking down at Wes, or was he looking past him at the dead man? Either way, he was wearing his own circle of thorns, and he looked to be crying.” Much later in the novel, Audrey holds Wes in an embrace in a warehouse despite the fact that sirens are wailing. She consoles him over the death of a teammate, and determines she will not let go even if bombs begin to fall. “She knew well, from her own experience, that emotional wounds exposed to the air at nighttime invariably cause the sharpest of pain. His sorrows would scab over, but a cut this deep would take time to fully heal.” These are but a few examples of the beautiful imagery that Camron Wright weaves into the plot. At the end of the novel, the ebony prayer box appears to take one last letter. War changes people. A man who survives war cannot leave it behind. But Camron Wright has written much more than a PTSD novel. His beautifully written novel slides between great heights of hope and deep depths of despair. These are what war’s survivors must endure. They are what must go into the prayer box. Mark Zvonkovic, Reviewer and Novelist https://www.markzvonkovic.com/reviews

  18. 5 out of 5

    HalKid2

    NOTE: I received early access to this book through netgalley.com in exchange for writing an impartial review. Thank you Shadow Mountain Publishers. Based partly on a true story, IN TIMES OF RAIN AND WAR is a World War II historical novel with a decent enough plot that suffers from episodes of excessive detail and over-writing. 3.5 stars is probably more accurate than 3. Wes Bowers is an American officer working in London during the time of the London Blitz. The United States has not yet entered th NOTE: I received early access to this book through netgalley.com in exchange for writing an impartial review. Thank you Shadow Mountain Publishers. Based partly on a true story, IN TIMES OF RAIN AND WAR is a World War II historical novel with a decent enough plot that suffers from episodes of excessive detail and over-writing. 3.5 stars is probably more accurate than 3. Wes Bowers is an American officer working in London during the time of the London Blitz. The United States has not yet entered the war so Wes is NOT immediately accepted by his British comrades, even though they are collaborating on the extremely dangerous task of diffusing unexploded bombs. As these relationships improve over time there are some quite touching moments. During the course of his work, Wes meets a young woman, Audrey Stocking, who chaperones young children, sent by their parents to the English countryside, to escape the dangers of German bombing. Wes and Audrey are immediately attracted to one another. But Audrey, who suffers from periodic panic attacks, has secrets she isn’t sharing. The plot is unpredictable, with a few surprise twists. And centers around the slow revealing of Audrey’s secrets. Certainly lots of dramatic potential here, with soldiers diffusing bombs in the middle of a large city and a woman harboring secrets. But the book seemed very "male" to me. Probably because I felt more emphasis was placed on the men's work and relationships PLUS what to me felt like an excessive about of detail about the bombs themselves. Like how fuses differ, how they work, and the different approaches required to diffuse each type. To me, this information was exceedingly dry and dull, each instance just one more delay in the unfolding of the plot. I also referenced above what felt TO ME like instances of overwriting. I found that particularly true at the start of the book. For me, too many literary devices sprinkled within convoluted sentence structure, Here's one example from page one, describing the release of a bomb from an airplane: "Faster, closer, wilder, causing the wind to exhale, the sky to shiver, the clouds to arch aside, all fleeing its frightening shrill, a battle cry to remember the Heimat, the cherished German motherland." Overall, I recommend the book, though I think those who will like it best are those who like stories about World War II, bombs, the London Blitz, and refugees. If I were going to recommend a book by author Camron Wright though, it would more likely be his 2012 novel, THE RENT COLLECTOR.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    First sentence: Eins! Zwei! Drei! Vier! Four bombs dropped from the plane in succession, chasing one another—though the fin on the last caught on a rivet in the bomb bay, delaying its liberation until the pilot briskly pulled the aircraft’s nose up to nudge the explosive free. Premise/plot: Joey would put this book in the freezer. I'm tempted to leave it at that--but, of course, I won't. In Times of Rain and War is loosely (yes, loosely) based on a true story. It is historical fiction--set in Eng First sentence: Eins! Zwei! Drei! Vier! Four bombs dropped from the plane in succession, chasing one another—though the fin on the last caught on a rivet in the bomb bay, delaying its liberation until the pilot briskly pulled the aircraft’s nose up to nudge the explosive free. Premise/plot: Joey would put this book in the freezer. I'm tempted to leave it at that--but, of course, I won't. In Times of Rain and War is loosely (yes, loosely) based on a true story. It is historical fiction--set in England during the Second World War--with a strong romantic undercurrent. Audrey Stocking, our heroine, is bombed out of her apartment--along with her Aunt Claire. Wes Bower, our hero, is an American newly arrived in England and joining a bomb squad. That is he is part of a team that works to disarm (deactivate) bombs that have fallen but not exploded. It is a dangerous job. (He learns that the average person lasts TEN WEEKS on the job before dying on the job.) Still, it's an important job--crucial. They have to LEARN and LEARN AS THEY GO; even failures can lead to future successes if they can figure out what went wrong. And since Germans--Nazis--keep coming up with new fuses (I believe the book spells that fuzes), they have to keep coming up with new strategies, techniques, protocols. The two meet each other when she's bombed out of her apartment; he's called to the scene... But this is NOT insta-love OR insta-lust. This book is a thousand times better than that. Wright doesn't need to stoop to that level. My thoughts: I NEEDED A FREEZER. Man, oh man, I needed a freezer. I felt like my heart had gotten beaten up with a baseball bat. Every single reader is different--has different likes, dislikes, hopes, expectations, etc. For some this book may prove too brutal on the heart strings. Then again, there are some people who VOLUNTARILY watch Titanic or The Notebook or The Boy in Striped Pajamas or Steel Magnolias. I thought this one was well written. While having romantic elements certainly, this one has way too many side characters that are fully developed and fleshed out--not to mention the historical details--to be your typical "romance novel." If that comes across as an insult to an entire genre, it isn't meant to be. I promise. What I mean is that the characterization--from main characters to side characters--has depth and substance. It is SO GOOD--for better or worse. The better to break your heart perhaps.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    I have read several novels about WWII, but I never thought of the men who risked their lives to physically disarm unexploded bombs. Can you even imagine? That’s a whole new level of bravery to me. It was an extremely dangerous job, more dangerous than fighting at the front. The average person only survived ten weeks while serving in this position. It wasn’t until after reading this book that I realized this is where the term “defuse the situation” comes from. The soldiers had to literally remove I have read several novels about WWII, but I never thought of the men who risked their lives to physically disarm unexploded bombs. Can you even imagine? That’s a whole new level of bravery to me. It was an extremely dangerous job, more dangerous than fighting at the front. The average person only survived ten weeks while serving in this position. It wasn’t until after reading this book that I realized this is where the term “defuse the situation” comes from. The soldiers had to literally remove the fuze from the bomb to prevent it from exploding and causing damage and death. I love books based on real people and events. This book is based on the story of Wes Bowers, an American who ends up working on a British bomb disposal team. There is even a note at the end of the book from his granddaughter, Rachel Bowers who served in the military scouting for roadside IEDs (improvised explosive devices) in Iraq. The author has written a short novel about her experience that I am looking forward to reading as well. This is also the story of 17 year old Audrey Stocking, a German Jew who is hiding in London. She meets and becomes friends with Wes when a bomb is dropped on her flat but luckily doesn’t explode. Audrey selflessly spends her time helping children get out of London to safer locations. I highlighted many passages throughout the book that stood out to me either for the way they were written, “The sun was not yet up, but it was stretching” or they were thought provoking, “The flames of her past had been forging the opportunities of her future.” (Ch 3) I deducted a little from my rating because the conversations between Wes and the colonel and between Wes and Audrey don’t always seem realistic. This surprised me because some of Camron Wright’s other books are among my favorites. I also thought it was a little slow at times, but it moved faster and kept my interest for the last 1/3. Definitely keep reading to the sweet ending. Content warning: There are some brief but gruesome descriptions of the remains of people after a bomb explodes. Thanks to Shadow Mountain Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC to use for my review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Cole

    Original review can be found at: http://www.nerdprobs.com/books/book-r... **A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.** A little while ago I received a request for a review for a book from Camron Wright. I was super excited when I got it since I knew that I had to read it. I am a huge fan of his books. I have read I believe three books in the past by him and have reviewed each of them as they have come out. I was looking forward to it since I Original review can be found at: http://www.nerdprobs.com/books/book-r... **A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.** A little while ago I received a request for a review for a book from Camron Wright. I was super excited when I got it since I knew that I had to read it. I am a huge fan of his books. I have read I believe three books in the past by him and have reviewed each of them as they have come out. I was looking forward to it since I seemingly have been on a WW2 kick as of late and knew that it would be something that I would enjoy. Audrey has come to England from Germany via Switzerland. She is working on saving children from the Blitz that is happening in London. She is working with her Aunt Claire and Lady Reading. However, during one of the bombings, she ends up with a bomb right through the floor of her flat. It is through the bombing of her flat that she comes in contact with Wes, an American that is assigned to the bomb disposal unit here in London. Wes and Audrey become friends. What Wes doesn’t know is that Audrey is harboring a secret that is so deep that they both don’t know where it will lead. This book was really good. I am a huge fan of the author already and this book just cements him in my list of favorite authors of all time. It may have taken me a little bit to get through it but my Grandmother died and I was slightly distracted from binge reading it. What got me through was the fact that my Grandmother was an avid reader and it was something that she probably would have enjoyed. There was England which something that she was a BIT of a fan of. The author wrote the characters in a way that made them human. I felt for Audrey when I finally learned her secret. My heart literally ached for her. I was stunned when I learned the truth. In all honesty, I was truly rooting for Audrey and Wes to become a thing. I really wanted them to get together as a couple they had such great chemistry. I really wanted love to win. I think that the way that Audrey’s story unfolded was brilliant. Audrey was someone that I wanted to be best friends with. She had such a personality. The way that the story ended left me in tears but it also gave me closure to the rest of the book. The author left no loose ends for me to wonder what could have happened. I see has written a few other books and one of them is actually on my bookshelf currently. I can’t wait to dig it out and read it soon.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Aimee (Getting Your Read On)

    Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and I really love books set during WWII. My grandparents lived through this war in England and in fact, had a bombing the night before their wedding. My grandma ran down the stairs of their house, worried about her cake that they had saved sugar rations for, crying "my cake, my cake!" She didn't even know if my grandpa would make it to the wedding. The bombings made it difficult to get to the church from where he was stationed because the roads wer Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and I really love books set during WWII. My grandparents lived through this war in England and in fact, had a bombing the night before their wedding. My grandma ran down the stairs of their house, worried about her cake that they had saved sugar rations for, crying "my cake, my cake!" She didn't even know if my grandpa would make it to the wedding. The bombings made it difficult to get to the church from where he was stationed because the roads were demolished. He hitchhiked, and finally made it. Late, but grandma didn't give up. Thank goodness. See why I love books like this? It feels like I know a bit of my own history better. I haven't ever read anything about the many men who defused the many bombs during WWII that fell but didn't explode. Crazy stuff. Absolutely crazy. But how important they were to saving so many people. It was amazing to read about and I learned so much. I love when a book does that for me. This book was heartbreaking. War is so devastating. I wish all people, everywhere could avoid it. There were many moments of hope and love and friendship, but this story was a bit heartbreaking overall. I'm grateful though, for the reminder of all I have to be grateful for and all those that deserve to be remembered for giving up so much, sometimes everything, for others. Here is my favorite quote: " The soul is a tender and complicated thing, and it can bruise easily, but I've learned it's after fighting through our deepest moments of distress that our greatest strength are found." Content: war violence, death, peril. One kiss. A couple instances of mild swearing. - I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Barb

    I love all books about anything connected with WW II. Sometimes the subject matter seems to be the same in most of them. Usually it is a romance during the war, guy loves girl, girl stays behind while the guy fights for his country. In Times of Rain and War by Camron Wright is a little different. It IS a novel that takes place in London during the Blitz, but it has a different slant and one that I had not heard of until I read the book. Audry Stocking is a British citizen, except that she’s Germa I love all books about anything connected with WW II. Sometimes the subject matter seems to be the same in most of them. Usually it is a romance during the war, guy loves girl, girl stays behind while the guy fights for his country. In Times of Rain and War by Camron Wright is a little different. It IS a novel that takes place in London during the Blitz, but it has a different slant and one that I had not heard of until I read the book. Audry Stocking is a British citizen, except that she’s German and isn’t from England. She and her aunt have forged papers and are trying to stay incognito; until a bomb drops into their apartment building, but does not detonate. She has left behind a list of children she has been helping evacuate children from London to the countryside to evade the German bombs. She is desperate to find it. Lieutenant Wesley Bowers is an America Marine working with the Bomb Disposal Company to learn how the British diffuse bombs. He is at the apartment when Audry tries to enter as the squad prepares to diffuse the bomb. They find an instant connection and have made plans for after the war. I loved the book and especially the information that I gleaned from reading about the Blitz. This book embraces romance, intrigue, thrills, and secrets that show throughout the book. I highly recommend this novel. I received an Advanced Reader Copy Kindle copy of this book from NetGalley.com in return for my honest review. You can find this review on my blog at https://wp.me/p2pjIt-BI. Reviews of other books can be found at http://imhookedonbooks.wordpress.com.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shirley McAllister

    Love will always persist An emotional and heartbreaking story of love and loss during WWII. Audrey Stocking a young Jewish girl in London under a forged passport meets a young American soldier named Wes Bowers assigned to a bomb disposal unit when his unit comes to defuse an unexplored bomb in her apartment. As they comfort each other during the worse of the bombing blitz in London, she tells Wes her darkest secrets and she comforts him when most of his team is wiped out by a bomb they are defusin Love will always persist An emotional and heartbreaking story of love and loss during WWII. Audrey Stocking a young Jewish girl in London under a forged passport meets a young American soldier named Wes Bowers assigned to a bomb disposal unit when his unit comes to defuse an unexplored bomb in her apartment. As they comfort each other during the worse of the bombing blitz in London, she tells Wes her darkest secrets and she comforts him when most of his team is wiped out by a bomb they are defusing. They learn that without pain love cannot exist and that when all the fire and smoke settles life goes on. Life is fragile and that we should savor every moment. We cannot live in the past nor speculate over the future but must live in the present. No matter what happens we must try our best to live life in spite of heartaches we might have faced because Love will always persist. It is a story of the horrors of war, the rewards of love and the fragility of life. We learn of the tremendous amount of innocent lives lost because of the war and the tragedies caused to all involved. We also are reminded of the hero’s who fight our wars and put their lives in danger to insure our freedom. The consequences the soldiers face during and after the war are heartbreaking and life changing. No one that has ever lived through a war is ever the same again. The ending chapters were so sad, but so true to life. I enjoyed reading this book, and I could not put it down. I would recommend this book. Thanks to Camron Wright, Shadow Mountain Publishing, and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review an advanced copy of the book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    I’ve read a lot of historical novels about World War II in the past couple of years. It seems to be a popular topic these days. In Times of Rain and War is a different perspective than any other I have recently read. The book opens with a bombing raid over London, where one of the bombs lodges in the bedroom floor of a young German girl hiding in London. And it gets more interesting from there. We don’t know much about Audrey, the German girl, in the beginning. We also don’t know much about our I’ve read a lot of historical novels about World War II in the past couple of years. It seems to be a popular topic these days. In Times of Rain and War is a different perspective than any other I have recently read. The book opens with a bombing raid over London, where one of the bombs lodges in the bedroom floor of a young German girl hiding in London. And it gets more interesting from there. We don’t know much about Audrey, the German girl, in the beginning. We also don’t know much about our other protagonist, Wes, an American Marine, in the beginning. We get to learn about them as they gradually tell their stories and reveal themselves throughout the book. And it does take the entire book to learn all that we need to know. This isn’t a romance novel, though. While there is romantic tension, and some romance, it is a story of war, of life, of being a stranger in a strange land. It is also a story of strength, and resilience and hope, that even in the darkest of times, hope can still flourish. I enjoyed the gradual reveal of the story, bit by bit, as we get to know each of the characters, and the story tells itself. Once I got into this book, perhaps two or three chapters in, I couldn’t wait to finish it. I wanted to see how it all turned out. And it was worth reading into the wee hours to find out. If you enjoy historical fiction (which may or may not have some basis in history—you’ll have to read it to find out), and you enjoy uplifting stories, you will want to read In Times of Rain and War. I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Garbe

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. World War II is a particularly interesting period for me, so I have read at fair number of books focused around that time. “In Times of Rain and War” addresses the Blitz in London prior to the United States entering the war. It was a particularly frightening time for the British people and even more harrowing for the Bomb Squads who responded to unexploded bombs all over the area. Lieutenant Wes Bowers is an American assigned to a Bomb Squad, who struggles with the possibility of dying each time World War II is a particularly interesting period for me, so I have read at fair number of books focused around that time. “In Times of Rain and War” addresses the Blitz in London prior to the United States entering the war. It was a particularly frightening time for the British people and even more harrowing for the Bomb Squads who responded to unexploded bombs all over the area. Lieutenant Wes Bowers is an American assigned to a Bomb Squad, who struggles with the possibility of dying each time his crew is called to a bomb scene. Audrey Stocking is a young German girl who assists with relocating children to locations away from London for their safety. Her Passport is a forgery and she speaks perfect English, allowing her to reside and work in London. When a bomb lands in her apartment and fails to explode, Audrey hurriedly evacuated, but she returns to retrieve some personal items and meets Lt. Bowers. He rescues her belongings just before blowing up her home and they begin a friendship that helps each of them to deal with their own fears and frailties. I received a free ARC of this book from NetGalley for my honest review. This book offers a good WWII story, but it goes so far beyond that in the insights and wisdom offered regarding war, fear, healing, love, loss and more. Overall this story (loosely based on some real people as described in the Author’s Notes), is a celebration of life and worth at least ten stars!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Trick Wiley

    Camron Wright but it head on when this story was written. I have no clue to on where to begin but first off I would really love to see this story made into a movie and I don't ever hardly say such a thing,but not to change a thing like making movies do when they make a movie from a book. WWII in England,was bad enough with the bombing but so many secrets were going on,so many different people there hiding and this is what Audrey was doing. Follow her life as it unfolds and she falls for a Americ Camron Wright but it head on when this story was written. I have no clue to on where to begin but first off I would really love to see this story made into a movie and I don't ever hardly say such a thing,but not to change a thing like making movies do when they make a movie from a book. WWII in England,was bad enough with the bombing but so many secrets were going on,so many different people there hiding and this is what Audrey was doing. Follow her life as it unfolds and she falls for a American soldier who basically saves her life. I learned so much about how bombs and the brave men and women who had to handle them and disarm them before they blew up. Audrey was trying to keep her head down not to call attention to herself,she's not only Jewish she's from Germany. Will the man she's falling in love with,will be still love her if and when he finds out? I fell in love with all characters,they had their own personalities and I'm sure that's hard to do when building a story like this one and then having them come alive for you on paper,they did for me! Grab some tissues you are really going to need them. Before you know it as you read,you have placed yourself in their lives. Received from Net Gallery and I'm so glad I was about to read this fantastic real to life story ,it was for me real! Can't rave enough on not only this complicated love war story but this author really made it come alive for me and I so hope for you! I will for sure read more of this authors stories!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a historical fiction set in London during WW II. Our main characters are Wesley Bowers and Audrey Stocking. Wesley is an American Marine who is assigned to the British military learning about unexploded bomb disposal. Audrey has her secrets; she is a German Jew who is living in London using a false identification. She meets Wesley when he's sent to defuse a bomb. Audrey is trying to blend in and survive all the while missing her family in Germany. She and Wesley form a friendship and dev This is a historical fiction set in London during WW II. Our main characters are Wesley Bowers and Audrey Stocking. Wesley is an American Marine who is assigned to the British military learning about unexploded bomb disposal. Audrey has her secrets; she is a German Jew who is living in London using a false identification. She meets Wesley when he's sent to defuse a bomb. Audrey is trying to blend in and survive all the while missing her family in Germany. She and Wesley form a friendship and develop an attraction to one another but their relationship may never have chance to develop. Wesley's chance of surviving his bomb disposal detail is an average of 10 weeks. Audrey is hiding her identity but military intelligence officers may discover her. It's harrowing to think of the life expectancy of the soldiers who performed these duties. Such self sacrifice and bravery, much to be admired. This novel addresses PTSD and what war can do you emotionally as well as physically. As a side note, if you ever get an opportunity to watch a Masterpiece Theater program called Danger: UXB starring Anthony Andrews, it's very good. There is a more up to date movie about bomb disposal called The Hurt Locker and both can have you on edge during the crucial bomb defusing scenes. Publication date is 6 April 2021 by Shadow Mountain Publishing. Genre: Historical Fiction. Much thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. I was not compensated for my review and opinions are mine.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    This novel I could fully see being made into an award winning film. I feel ashamed to admit that I really didn’t know anything about the bomb diffusing squads that were during The Blitz. I have read several books about the concentration camps, the United States during WWII, soldiers in Asia, but I haven’t ever picked up a book that took place in England during WWII. Camron Wright is a master storyteller, he was able to describe the bombs in detail that made it seem like he was the expert back th This novel I could fully see being made into an award winning film. I feel ashamed to admit that I really didn’t know anything about the bomb diffusing squads that were during The Blitz. I have read several books about the concentration camps, the United States during WWII, soldiers in Asia, but I haven’t ever picked up a book that took place in England during WWII. Camron Wright is a master storyteller, he was able to describe the bombs in detail that made it seem like he was the expert back then. I could feel the emotions of the characters, the elation at times of happiness, the deep sorrow, the anxiety that Audrey experienced. There was so much detail that to some, it may feel a bit much, to me it made me feel as though I was right there. My only caution is that this isn’t a love story. I don’t know if it’s because the cover has a man and woman hugging, but I came into reading this expecting a full on love story. At the very least, it’s not your typical love story. One of my favorite parts about this book is the letter writing. I love that Audrey taught Wes how to write a letter and that you should always share a secret—as though you’re sharing something of yourself. The letters were beautifully written, it made me full heartily agree that the telephone has ruined letter writing. Now, let me share my secret, I may have bawled my eyes out a few times in this book. This book created all the feelings and it won’t be one I will forget.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sydney Long

    First and foremost, Thank you to NetGalley and Camron Wright for allowing me early access to this lovely story. And secondly, thank you to Mr Wright for introducing me to yet another perspective for WWII that I knew very little about. Wesley Bowers, an American GI is sent to England to be a part of a bomb disposal team. Going into this assignment, he knew next to nothing about bomb disposal aside from the average life expectancy is ten weeks. Very early on, he is sent to London where German bombs First and foremost, Thank you to NetGalley and Camron Wright for allowing me early access to this lovely story. And secondly, thank you to Mr Wright for introducing me to yet another perspective for WWII that I knew very little about. Wesley Bowers, an American GI is sent to England to be a part of a bomb disposal team. Going into this assignment, he knew next to nothing about bomb disposal aside from the average life expectancy is ten weeks. Very early on, he is sent to London where German bombs had begun to rain down on innocent people. It was during one of their bomb disposals that he meets Audrey Stocking, a German Jew hiding in plain sight in England. Together they guide each other through the tough times and develop a loving relationship that they hope to continue once the war is over. Sadly, the war has different plans. One of the things I love most about this book is the mention of PTSD. So many people came back with PTSD and no one at the time really knew what to do or how to help. People had seen so much that it traumatized them and they did the only thing they knew how...stored it away in the depths of their memory. This is such a relevant topic today as well so I was glad to see it approached from two different points of view. For a different take on WWII, I highly recommend this book.

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