Sunday, August 2, 2020

Rachel McMillan: The London Restoration

By Kelly Bridgewater

In post-World War II London, determined to save their marriage and the city they love, two people divided by World War II's secrets rebuild their lives, their love, and their world.

London, Fall 1945. Architectural historian Diana Somerville's experience as a codebreaker at Bletchley Park and her knowledge of London's churches intersect in MI6's pursuit of a Russian agent named Eternity. Diana wants nothing more than to begin again with her husband Brent after their separation during the war, but her signing of the Official Secrets Act keeps him at a distance.

Brent Somerville, professor of theology at King's College, hopes aiding his wife with her church consultations will help him better understand why she disappeared when he needed her most. But he must find a way to reconcile his traumatic experiences as a stretcher bearer on the European front with her obvious lies about her wartime activities and whereabouts.

48856403. sy475
From Goodreads

My Thoughts:

I adore this cover. Rachel McMillan has a fabulous cover. The red hat really shows up, but the picture of Big Ben and Parliament next to the River Thames really captures my eye. As someone who has been dying to visit London for a very long time, I enjoy reading stories that take me there and allow me to travel as I read the novel. With The London Restoration, McMillan does a fabulous job at allowing readers to see the ruins of the London churches before World War II, during World War II, and after World War II. The churches represent the pain and joys of the London people as they seek refuge, but tried to be strong under the Germany's invasion on their soil. The characters told their story in 3 different time frames. They were telling us what happened when they met, right before the separation to fight in the war, and after they came home. Personally, there were many moments that I was confused as to what was actually going in the plot. Then I would have to flip back and reread the time period to try to set myself in the story. Not a lot of action. A little PTSD. What was the heroine, Diane actually doing during World War II? It took a long time to figure that out. I adore McMillan's ability to use words to craft a delightful story; however, this one didn't hold as much moving forward dynamics I needed to give it a higher rating. 

I received a complimentary copy of The London Restoration by Rachel McMillan from Thomas Nelson Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own. 

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

No comments:

Post a Comment