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  • Under a Sky on Fire

  • A Gripping and Utterly Heartbreaking WW2 Historical Novel
  • By: Suzanne Kelman
  • Narrated by: Alison Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Under a Sky on Fire

By: Suzanne Kelman
Narrated by: Alison Campbell
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Summary

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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Wow… I’ve had my socks blown off. Read in such a way that all the characters and the events came alive. Love & romance, tragedy and excitement - it’s all in there.

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A great listen

A heart wrenching story told by a wonderful narrator. Well researched, have the tissues handy!

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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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Loved it!

This was a brilliant book and such a good account of how awful it was to live through the bombing in Britain during World War Two, particularly in London. I read up on Anderson shelters as I didn't know much about them and I learned a lot. It was sad, joyful, heartwarming book with twists and turns throughout. The narration was first class.

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So predictable

An unlikely story full of romantic gush.
The description of the bombings gives it one star

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