The Only Light in London
She took him in when no one else would. She didn’t expect to fall in love…
London 1939. As war casts a dark shadow in his homeland Germany, journalist Sebastien wanders the grey fog-filled streets. His heart breaks as he remembers his hurried goodbye to his mother and sister. But even if everyone in London looks at him with suspicion in their eyes, he knows he made the right choice. It was the only way to keep his family safe from the Nazis hunting him…
When he sees a notice for a lodger in a pretty house on a cobbled street, he doesn’t allow hope to flare within him. He’s been rejected at every door he’s knocked on. But when Finley, with her warm brown eyes and sparkling smile, agrees to rent him the room, he allows himself to see a chink of light in the darkness. And as they grow closer over cups of cocoa in the cosy kitchen, love begins to develop.
Sebastien knows that he can’t stay hidden in Finley’s warmth forever though. He has to join the fight. It’s the only way to save his family and put a stop to the horrors in the country he once called home. When he leaves, they promise to keep their hope and love alive.
But Finley has something that she hasn’t been able to tell Sebastien; something that makes her life alone in the city all the more dangerous. And as the bombs rain down in London, and Sebastien risks his life in France, will she ever get the chance to share her secret with him?
A completely life-affirming and tear-jerking read about love, friendship and being a light for those who need to brave the dark. 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 The Only Light in London:
‘Such a truly beautiful emotional read. Before you read this you must make sure you have tissues as you will shed lots of tears. Honestly, I just loved this book. It opens your eyes to the sad and difficult times people went through during the war but also the happy times and how everyone pulled together.’ Jessica’s Book Biz, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘I am quickly falling in love with the author and the stories she weaves. There is just something majestic with the way the story flows. I get sucked in and don’t realize until I finish that time has passed… I honestly cannot wait until this book releases in audiobook to hear it read! Don’t let this one get past you readers!’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘This is a story that starts out as a friendship that deepens into love. It has such a heart breaking message. It made me think of how far I would go to help another. A must-read to refresh the love in your heart.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Phenomenal… From that first sentence, I never put the book down again… I was so invested in their lives that the heartbreaks and losses that came with the war in the second half felt profoundly personal. I’ve never read a book set during the war that made me laugh out loud, only to make me weep a few pages later. This strange occurrence happened frequently throughout the book, confusing my grandchildren and our dogs… Many serious issues are woven brilliantly into the story but with unexpected comic relief too. The icing on the cake is a beautiful love story. Five stars aren’t enough for this book… I loved it!’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Wow, what another intensely moving novel by Lily Graham! I love her books and The Only Light In London is a stunning and passionate WW2 story from a unique perspective. My heart really ached… There’s a lot of sadness as you’d expect in this novel but there are also beautiful bursts of colour and joy. People did what they could to keep light filtering through their lives in the dark times and to chase away the fears that overshadowed their every step… There’s so much I loved about this story… A heart-wrenching story filled with beauty and terror.’ Cindy L. Spear, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐