The Light Over London

The Light Over London

Reminiscent of Martha Hall Kelly's Lilac Girls and Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale, this sweeping, entrancing story is a must-read for fans of remarkable women rising to challenges they could never have predicted. It?s always been easier for Cara Hargraves to bury herself in the past than confront the present, which is why working with a gruff but brilliant antiques deale Reminiscent of Martha Hall Kelly's Lilac Girls and Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale, this sweeping, entrancing stor...

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Title:The Light Over London
Author:Julia Kelly
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:1501196413
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

The Light Over London Reviews

  • Michelle
    Aug 19, 2018
    I was asked to blurb this book and below are my thoughts! A fantastic read. In THE LIGHT OVER LONDON, Julia Kelly introduces readers to a new group of WWII heroes?the gunner girls. Deftly weaving together past and present, Kelly tells a fresh, heartfelt story of sisterhood and sa...
  • Tammy
    Jan 03, 2019
    The Light Over London is a dual timeline story that grabbed me from page one. I love historical fiction about strong women who buck the societal norms to make their own way in life! Julia Kelly?s latest work is a must read for historical fiction fans! ...
  • Marialyce
    Nov 30, 2018
    3.5 stars In this book we meet two woman of two different time periods. The first is Cara Hagraves, a young woman devastated from a current divorce who works with a antiques dealer classifying objects. The other is Louise Keene, a young woman who is stifled by her overbearing parent...
  • Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
    Jan 17, 2019
    Cara Hargraves is newly divorced and training to be an antiques dealer. While working on a job site with her mentor and boss, she comes across a mysterious tin that holds a diary and some photos that date back to World War II. She is instantly intrigued about the diary and is determine...
  • Julia
    Jul 05, 2018
    This is not the sort of book I would usually pick up. There is a historical war time romance story and I prefer contemporary books. But once I started, I found myself pulled into the story and I ended up really enjoying it. The book interweaves the story on Cara, an antique dealer i...
  • Karen
    Dec 22, 2018
    A moving and beautifully told wartime romance. Two women, two remarkable stories from different generational perspectives. Desperately stuck in a small town and itching to escape an overbearing mother,, nineteen year old Louise runs away, enlisting in the military to do her part in ...
  • Liz
    Dec 20, 2018
    The publisher recommends this book for those who liked The Nightingale or Lilac Girls, which is what drew me to it. In truth, it struck me as more romance than historic fiction. That?s not to say it?s not enjoyable. Just know what you?re getting going into it. Drawing on tw...
  • Diane S ☔
    Nov 24, 2018
    DNF at 20%. More romance than history, just not what I was expecting. A little too fluffy. ...
  • Anna
    Mar 24, 2019
    Cara Hargraves, still coming to terms with her divorce, has taken a job as an assistant to an antique dealer. While sorting through an estate sale she comes across a tin with an old diary and a photo inside. The photo is of a woman in uniform and the diary chronicles her life before an...
  • Tina
    Nov 16, 2018
    Ah my favourite kind of story, that moves back and forth through the past and present time. Superbly written! In the present day, Cara is an antiques dealer, who is dealing with an estate of a recently deceased lady. She finds an old diary in amongst her things. It is a diary written i...
  • Susan Johnson
    Feb 01, 2019
    This could have been a fascinating book about one of the first and only woman bombers in WWII. The woman's story is interesting but for some reason the author juxtapositions the tale of modern day antique dealer, Cara, who discovers the diary in a house of furniture being prepared for ...
  • DeAnn
    Nov 20, 2018
    4 dual-timeline historical stars to this one Just when I think I've read about many of the facets of WWII, along comes another book to prove me wrong! This book has dual storylines -- a modern story with Cara, and a WWII era story with Louise. Cara works in antiques and discovers Lo...
  • Stephanie
    Nov 24, 2018
    3.5 Stars While I enjoyed The Light Over London, I didn't love it like I hoped that I would, especially since I requested it because it is compared in the blurb to The Nightingale, which is one of my most favorite WWII historical fiction novels. I've made this complaint several tim...
  • Claudia
    Jan 17, 2019
    Loved it in a quiet way. Learned about the Gunner girls. ...
  • Heather Donovan
    Dec 14, 2018
    **Possible spoilers ahead** I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I requested this book on the marketing promise that this book was for fans of Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale. While I enjoyed the story of Louise and the other Ack-Ack Girls, the p...
  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    Dec 06, 2018
    3.5 Stars First I really have to start off by saying it?s too much of expectations here to compare The Light Over London with The Nightingale or Lilac Girls. The Light Over London is a much lighter historical fiction and more towards a historical romance. I thought they were very ...
  • LibraryCin
    Dec 15, 2018
    There are two parallel stories in this one. Cara works for an antiques dealer and, while looking through someone?s estate, she discovers an old diary hidden away; she is given permission to take it and try to find out to whom it belonged. It attracted her attention because there was ...
  • Danielle Rotko
    Dec 12, 2018
    When I saw this was compared to The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, I knew I had to get my hands on it. I would?ve been happy with a book even in the same ballpark, but sadly The Light Over London pales in comparison. While I enjoyed the story and reading about women?s roles in the ...
  • Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)
    Nov 19, 2018
    Historical fiction is my favorite genre so I was interested in what this novel had to offer. One of my pet peeves is publicists comparing one book to another. ?The Lilac Girls? was about Hitler?s doctors horrible experiments on twins, and the award winning ?The Nightingale? w...
  • Holly
    Apr 16, 2019
    This had everything I love in a story: dual timeline, WWII, some mystery, and little romance. Loved the characters and thought the story was well done. ...
  • Erin
    Jan 19, 2019
    3.75 stars rounded up to 4 A compelling dual narrative taking place in 2018 and during WWII that was Impossible to put down The Light Over London is probably what many of us WWII readers would refer to as "historical lite", simply meaning it's a bit more heavy on the relations...
  • Zoe
    Nov 29, 2018
    Sweet, intriguing, and romantic! The Light Over Londonis a compelling tale set during the early 1940s, as well as the present day, and is told from two different perspectives. Louise,a young girl who finds adventure outside her hometown by becoming a Gunner Girl in the British A...
  • Pamela
    Dec 26, 2018
    Present day, we meet Cara who hides herself in her work with an antiques dealer. While on a job site, Cara finds an old tin with a diary inside. She feels compelled to find out who wrote it. Flashback, we meet Louise who feels stuck in her small village. And so the story begins. I lik...
  • Brandice
    Dec 06, 2018
    The Light Over London is a dual timeline story, in which Cara finds a WWII diary at one of the properties where she?s working with her antiques dealer boss, and becomes invested in identifying its author and what happened to her. Cara has buried herself in work to avoid dealing w...
  • Megan
    Jan 02, 2019
    The Light Over London by Julia Kelly follows two timelines. One is Cara, a recently divorced woman who finds an old WWII diary while at work. The other timeline follows Louise, the owner of the diary. What I liked: I enjoyed the historical aspects of this novel. Louise served dur...
  • Jeanette Lewis
    Apr 06, 2019
    At first glance this appears to be a love story but it is more than that for it will appeal to the history buff readers as it gives insight to the many women in WW2, who stepped up to the plate and took on roles that were normally male dominated. A woman's natural aptitude for multi-ta...
  • Joe Krakovsky
    Dec 10, 2018
    I recently got 'scolded' by one of my Goodreads friends for being 'nice' instead of giving an 'honest' review. With that in mind, here I go... I won this book in a Goodreads drawing. It is a novel about two women. One, whom we could call an English little small town country girl, st...
  • Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
    Dec 28, 2018
    4.5 stars Fair warning! Tissues needed! Positively touching, a sweet romantic slow burn sweep through two historical timelines. Separate, yet intertwined are the walks of two woman from different backgrounds and times, who want to follow their hearts and are thrown devastating ch...
  • Megan
    Apr 03, 2019
    The Light Over London by Julia Kelly follows the lives of two women, Cara and Louise, who live very different lives but share a common strength. Cara is recently divorced and has also just lost both of her parents. She works with an antique dealer and when working at an estate, finds a...
  • Jessica Rideout
    Mar 25, 2019
    This book just didn?t do it for me. The story itself had great potential that could have been developed more - the ending was a bit of a let down and seemed rushed. Unfortunately, with two stories going on I found I was more rushed to read through Cara?s story to see what was h...