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Released: May 2015
ISBN: 9781311369161
ASIN: B00UAY719Y
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INTO THE UNKNOWN
Author: Lorna Peel
Length: Novel
Genre: Historical Romance
Price: $4.99

London on 3 September 1939 is in upheaval. War is inevitable. Into this turmoil steps Kate Sheridan, newly arrived from Ireland to live with her aunt and uncle, and look for work. When she meets Flight Lieutenant Charlie Butler sparks fly, but he is a notorious womaniser. Should she ignore all the warnings and get involved with a ladies man whose life will be in daily danger?

Charlie Butler has no intention of getting involved with a woman. But when he meets Kate his resolve is shattered. Should he allow his heart to rule his head and fall for a nineteen-year-old Irish girl while there is a war to fight?

Private conflicts and personal doubts are soon overshadowed. Will the horrors of total war bring Kate and Charlie together or tear them apart?
Excerpt
Euston Station, London. Sunday, September 3rd, 1939

Kate Sheridan opened the train door and, with butterflies fluttering in her stomach, stepped down onto the platform. London at last. Her journey from Ireland had taken three days. Where could she hear the latest news? The ultimatum to the Germans to withdraw from Poland was due to run out this morning. War was all but inevitable.

Glancing up and down the platform for her aunt and uncle, all she could see were hundreds of sobbing children, clinging for dear life to their equally upset parents. She knew it was rude, but she couldn’t help but stare.

“Come on, my love,” a voice from behind her shouted and she jumped. “You’re in the way.”

Picking up her suitcase, Kate moved aside as a man in an army uniform jumped down from the train with a sack-like bag slung over his shoulder.

“Why are all the children here?” she asked.

“The evacuation began the other day,” he explained, lowering the sack to the ground, and taking off his side cap. “They’re all being sent to the country for safety. You’re not a Londoner, are you, Miss? What part of Wales are you from?”

“I’m from Ballycarn,” she replied, wincing as a little boy—he couldn’t have been more than six—was pulled screaming away from his mother. “It’s not in Wales, it’s in the west of Ireland.”

The soldier laughed. “Sorry, I thought you were a Taffy, but you’re a Paddy instead. Still, you’d like to hear what old Neville has to say, wouldn’t you?”

“Neville?”

“Neville Chamberlain? The...our Prime Minister. Let’s find a wireless so we can hear him, though I know what he’s going to say.”

Replacing his side cap and hauling the sack onto his shoulder, he grasped Kate’s arm without asking permission, and she had to grab her suitcase. They hurried along the platform, weaving in and out of distraught families and porters, until they came to a railway guard who took their tickets.

“Is there a wireless nearby we can listen to?” the soldier asked.

“Yes, there’s one in the ticket office,” the guard replied. “Wait outside.”

“Good. Come on, let’s find a seat.”

They sat down outside the ticket office, Kate glancing anxiously around for her aunt and uncle. Had they given up after she hadn’t been on yesterday’s train? If only she hadn’t listened to that woman and followed her ridiculous advice. Still, if they were here, it wasn’t surprising they couldn’t find her in all this chaos.

“Shh.” The soldier nudged her arm even though she had been quiet. Don’t talk to any strange men, unless you absolutely have to, her mother had warned, and now look at her. Not five minutes off the train and she was sharing a bench with a soldier, listening to the wireless, expecting Chamberlain to tell them Britain was at war.

Her father had wanted her to go to America to find work and live with his cousin and family. America was the land of opportunity for so many Irish people, far away from Europe and the threat of war. Her maternal aunt and uncle then offered to take her and help her find work in London. So, despite her father’s grumblings, close family in London were chosen over a cousin she had never met in Philadelphia.

“...and against them, I am certain that the right will prevail.” Chamberlain’s speech ended and a long silence followed.

“You picked a great day to arrive.”

What the reviewers are saying
Well worth reading of you enjoyed WW2 romances
Into the Unknown is a sympathetic look at the uncertainty of life during the Second World War. The characters are believable; I found both Kate and Charlie to be worthy protagonists and enjoyed watching their characters grow in maturity as the novel progressed. Their individual wartime experiences are sensitively explored and their thoughts and feelings are both realistic and thought provoking. I really enjoyed the story and was absorbed from the beginning in the way Kate and Charlie's lives progressed. I genuinely cared about what happened to them and testament to the author’s skill at storytelling, I read the book almost in one sitting, as I wanted to find out how the story progressed. ~ jaffareadstoo, Amazon

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This was a great read with the wonderful love story of Kate and Charlie being interwoven with the background of war, rationing and how the politics of the day were felt. I loved the storyline of the simplicity of love was given greater heed with the complexities of war and how everything seemed more condensed, especially feelings. The atmospheric and historical setting was a fabulous back drop and gave the reader an insight into the 1940s and the difficulties surrounding the era. ~ Foxylutely Reviews

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Wow I wasn’t expecting such a captivating read.
The plot and story line are easy to follow and a joy to read. Lorna takes a very difficult period and shows us a new and sometimes refreshing view . . . Lorna Peel did a wonderful job writing a story that keeps the reader engaged and I enjoyed every minute of the book.. ~ Just One More Chapter

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The author did a great job bringing us back to that time and giving us a new perspective on living during this time. I enjoyed the story and was intrigued from the beginning with Kate as well as Charlie. Kate was relate-able and I found her to be a like-able heroine. Charlie . . . a hero the reader is going to fall for and cheer on. There is a lot of chemistry between Kate and Charlie as they both fight what is in front of them. This is a romance with some heated scenes. I found the writing to flow well and the author was able to draw me into the story and transport me to another time. If you like historical romance, even from the early 1900's, I'd recommend this book. It was a well written romance that will keep your attention. ~ Bookbabe Blog

 

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