Beneath Us The Stars

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Most wartime romances seem doomed, especially those between US servicemen and young British girls holding the home front. But when Mary Rice, a CambridgeUniversity academic, meets Bill Anderson, an American fighter pilot, their attraction is immediate, all-consuming and forever.

                Risking everything they embark on a passionate affair, made all the

Most wartime romances seem doomed, especially those between US servicemen and young British girls holding the home front. But when Mary Rice, a CambridgeUniversity academic, meets Bill Anderson, an American fighter pilot, their attraction is immediate, all-consuming and forever.

                Risking everything they embark on a passionate affair, made all the more urgent by the fear and danger surrounding them. When Bill returns to his squadron they both know that his life will be in jeopardy, yet each is prepared to take the chance. When the worst happens and Bill is declared missing, presumed to be dead, Mary refuses to give up hope. She’s even prepared to travel into postwar Europe to search for her lost love all by herself.

                Flitting between the present day and the 1940s, Beneath Us the Stars charts the progress of their love affair, from its tentative beginnings to its inevitable finale. The underlying theme of the novel, the power of love and the influence it can wield over lovers, is entirely believable. It’s a compelling story, well told, although some of its impact is lessened by the opening chapter, which reveals Bill’s survival. The love story itself is beautifully written and completely convincing, whilst the final melodramatic scenes are well-handled and deliver a hefty punch.

Most wartime romances seem doomed, especially those between US servicemen and young British girls holding the home front. But when Mary Rice, a CambridgeUniversity academic, meets Bill Anderson, an American fighter pilot, their attraction is immediate, all-consuming and forever.

                Risking everything they embark on a passionate affair, made all the more urgent by the fear and danger surrounding them. When Bill returns to his squadron they both know that his life will be in jeopardy, yet each is prepared to take the chance. When the worst happens and Bill is declared missing, presumed to be dead, Mary refuses to give up hope. She’s even prepared to travel into postwar Europe to search for her lost love all by herself.

                Flitting between the present day and the 1940s, Beneath Us the Stars charts the progress of their love affair, from its tentative beginnings to its inevitable finale. The underlying theme of the novel, the power of love and the influence it can wield over lovers, is entirely believable. It’s a compelling story, well told, although some of its impact is lessened by the opening chapter, which reveals Bill’s survival. The love story itself is beautifully written and completely convincing, whilst the final melodramatic scenes are well-handled and deliver a hefty punch.

more urgent by the fear and danger surrounding them. When Bill returns to his squadron they both know that his life will be in jeopardy, yet each is prepared to take the chance. When the worst happens and Bill is declared missing, presumed to be dead, Mary refuses to give up hope. She’s even prepared to travel into postwar Europe to search for her lost love all by herself.

                Flitting between the present day and the 1940s, Beneath Us the Stars charts the progress of their love affair, from its tentative beginnings to its inevitable finale. The underlying theme of the novel, the power of love and the influence it can wield over lovers, is entirely believable. It’s a compelling story, well told, although some of its impact is lessened by the opening chapter, which reveals Bill’s survival. The love story itself is beautifully written and completely convincing, whilst the final melodramatic scenes are well-handled and deliver a hefty punch.

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(UK) 9780709081111

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224

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