Shadows in the Sky

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Verity and Clemency are sisters, daughters of a senior naval officer, who are respectively 17 and 18 at the outbreak of WW2. Shadows in the Sky is the story of their adventures, romantic and otherwise (mainly romantic), during the conflict.

Verity decides that her best contribution to the war effort is to ‘raise the morale of the troops’ by frequenting dances and parties around the naval base at Scapa Flow. Clemency is made of sterner stuff and joins the Air Transport Auxiliary, ferrying aircraft to RAF bases throughout Britain. They both fall in love with the same Italian POW (those romantic POWs!), Verity falls pregnant, and Clemency takes her to London to have the baby in secret. Their mother meets them there but before they can explain the situation a German V-bomb kills Verity and her mother at church. V-bombs are a very convenient plot device: they have a high fatality rate, they are random, so no problems of motive, and they arrive without warning, so do not need any introduction. That is not quite the end of the story.

This is a pleasant read which I think tries to be more than the average romance, musing on the transitoriness of life and love (‘we are shadows in the sky’). It did not quite succeed for me.

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(UK) £19.99

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(UK) 9780709099482

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Hardback

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223

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