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In the middle of the road, the child stood wearing a blue flannel nightie, her feet bare and dirt-splattered. Her blonde flyaway hair was golden, aglow from the fires that lit her up from behind. Stumbling over, Lizzie reached her side. The little girl's eyes were closed, her palms facing upwards. If she’d been in church, you would have thought she was praying. 

September 1940, London 

As the German Luftwaffe begin a terrifying bombing campaign that will come to be known as the Blitz, thousands are evacuated to safety. But Lizzie Mackenzie finds herself heading toward London.  

She knows she must help in the war effort. But she has another reason for leaving the security of her Scottish village: the illegitimate child she gave up for adoption nearly five years before is somewhere in the city. And - as the bombs rain down - she will stop at nothing to find her and make sure her little girl is safe. 

Then she finds herself trapped in a dark theatre during a bombing raid, where she meets Pilot Officer Jack Henson. Against all her instincts, she falls in love. But what chance is there for that love to flourish? Because if he discovers the secret shame of her past, he may never forgive her. And with Jack facing the enemy every day in the sky, and Lizzie’s job guiding pilots into battle - life and love has never felt so fragile. 

Until a chance encounter with a little orphaned girl changes everything, forcing Lizzie to ask herself what truly matters. Because, in the darkest days of war, every life counts. And - when tragedy strikes - saving one child’s life might just give Lizzie a reason to survive....

An unforgettable story about sacrifice, love, and heartbreak set in World War Two London during the Blitz. If you liked All the Light We Cannot See, My Name Is Eva, and A Fire Sparkling, you will love Under a Sky on Fire. 

Praise for Suzanne Kelman: 

"Oh my goodness! Evocatively unsettling yet hauntingly beautiful.... the story is incredibly powerful.... I read this book with bated breath. I cried, I grieved and I hoped.... I was left both heartbroken and satisfied. Suzanne Kelman...has floored me with this book." (Robin Loves Reading)

©2020 Suzanne Kelman (P)2020 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

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England during the war

I found the story relatively pleasant but predictable slightly cheesy The characters where also predictable Overall it was just ok

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  • Erica VanHorn
  • 28-10-20

A Story worth reading or listening too

I absolutely loved this book, telling of the women, the men and the children they loved!!

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  • John Murphy
  • 06-03-21

The narrator is incredible!

Since this book is about three women and WWII, I’m not really the target audience for it and consequently it just seemed so-so to me. But wow! I’d listen to it again just to hear Alison Campbell narrate. She is quite gifted. One of my favorite narrators and I listen to a lot of audible books.

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  • Happy customer
  • 21-01-21

OMG! SO GOOD

The narrator was fantastic. It amazed me how she can do so many accents. I have loved Suzanne Kelman's WWII novels. It makes me think how awful and sad it must have been to live during that time. It also makes me feel sad that my grandfather had to fight in that war.

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  • Karen B
  • 09-04-21

Loved this book !

I loved this book. The characters were real and believable. Loved the voice of the narrator !

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  • Jenny W
  • 23-02-21

I laughed and cried! 💜

What a beautiful story! If you love WWII love stories, this book is definitely for you. I also loved this narrator, her accents helped paint such a wonderful picture of these people's lives through the war. A must read!

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  • NICK J.
  • 31-01-21

Absolutely Beautiful Story

I didn’t want to to end. This is a story following these three women and the battles they faced during the London Blitz. Each of the characters were detailed beautifully. The narrator was fantastic. All of the different accents she performed were spot on. She made these characters come to life. As the book was nearing the end, I was so sad to know it would soon be over. I loved it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-01-21

Beautifully written and narrated

Powerful story, compelling and captivating.Excellent narration. The reader is drawn in from beginning to end.