The Only Light in London
She took him in when no one else would. She didn’t expect to fall in love…
London, 1939. When Finley offers her spare room to refugee Sebastien, she sees relief in his haunted eyes. Forced to flee the hatred in Germany, Sebastien has been desperately lonely in his adopted country. Finley lost her father in the last war and feels a stab of empathy for the pain of this thin stranger, separated from his loved ones, far away from home.
At first, Finley and Sebastien are like ships in the night, exchanging bashful goodnights in the corridor. But Finley quickly realises that Sebastien is too terrified to sleep, plagued by thoughts of his smiling little sister being snatched by soldiers. As the London sky darkens with enemy planes, he slowly opens up to her over cups of cocoa in the kitchen.
Every time Sebastien speaks to Finley, she finds herself inching closer to him, and soon love begins to grow. But when he tells her he wants to join the English army, to fight the people who have forced his family to face such horror, she must work hard to crush the devastation in her heart. She knows if she were in his shoes, she would do the same thing, and she must be brave too. She will stay in London, waiting for Sebastien, and helping other refugees like him.
As the bombs rain down, and the London streets empty, she knows she faces grave dangers. But she can’t hide away while the man she loves risks his life. She needs to do anything she can to defeat the enemy they all share. But the last war cost Finley so much. What will this one take?
A completely life-affirming and tear-jerking read about facing the darkness and despair of war together and allowing the light to creep in. Fans of The Nightingale and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society will fall in love with The Only Light in London.
What everyone is saying about Lily Graham:
‘Oh my goodness… Phenomenal… Utterly emotional on every level possible. I was so unbelievably captivated and inspired by this story… Completely unputdownable. Not just a must-read but a needs to be re-read. I loved this.’ Page Turners, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Warning! This book will make you cry… The most moving story I’ve read in a long while… I have not wept so much in a while… I fell in love… by the end I was smiling and crying. I was an emotional mess all round.’ The Book Trail, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Absolutely one of the best books I have read… If I could have given this a higher rating than 5 stars I would have done so… truly an unforgettable story!’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Wow… Heart-rending and emotional… I lost all track of time whilst reading this book… Draws you into the story from the first word on the first page and takes you on one hell of an emotional rollercoaster ride… Guaranteed to tug on even the toughest of heartstrings.’ Ginger Book Geek, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘You will cry, you will be addicted from the start and will find it hard to put down. This book ranks high on my favourite books list. A BRILLIANT book and worth far more than 5* in my opinion. EXCELLENT.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘I was hooked… a beautiful story… absolutely amazing!… truly beautiful… even though I did spend most of the time blubbering into my tissues!’ Stardust Book Reviews, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Absolutely brilliant… heartbreaking and incredible… an emotional eye opener of a read – one that will stay with me for a long time.’ The Writing Garnet, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘The most heartbreaking story… truly thought-provoking and immensely sad… stole my heart from the beginning… had me engrossed from start to finish… absolutely beautifully written and wonderfully captivating.’ Novel Deelights, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐