The Ration Book Baby
England, 1940. Opening the box with trembling hands, she couldn’t believe it – a tiny baby lay inside. She gently lifted the newborn as it started to cry. Cradling the little one to her chest, she searched the darkness for any sign of whoever left it here. And as she rocked the child, something fluttered to the ground… a ration book.
Nurse Annie Russell anxiously listens to the terrifying sounds of planes and gunfire overhead, worried about what the morning will bring for the patients in her care. The boys from the local airfield fly up in the skies each night, risking their lives to protect the people of Bramble Heath village, but they can’t stop every bombshell. Until a knock at the door makes her jump.
Awaiting Annie on the doorstep is a hatbox. Peeking under the lid, she gasps – inside is a whimpering newborn, round cheeks glistening with tears. The poor little thing may be all alone, but someone must truly love the baby… Tucked into a hand-knitted blanket, there’s a precious ration book, vital for food supplies in these darkest of days.
Her heart breaking, Annie does everything she can to care for her tiny charge. But, without a ration book, she knows that the frightened young mother could also be in dire need of help too. Then social services bring devastating news. If Annie can’t find the helpless child’s family soon, the authorities will have to take the little one away.
As the Nazi threat grows, more and more of the brave pilots at the local airbase don’t come home. Is one of the fallen the child’s father? And with her only clue leading nowhere, can Annie find the answers she needs, and reunite the innocent baby with its parents before it is too late?
A totally unputdownable and emotional historical novel that will have you reading late into the night. Perfect for fans of Diney Costeloe, Martha Hall Kelly and Before We Were Yours.
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‘Captivating… Kept me on the edge of my seat! I loved how the approach to this story was different and had a bit of a mystery as well… I was sad to have it end!’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘My heart. It is warmed! What a heart-warming and lovely story! I loved every aspect of this and I can’t believe how quickly it disappeared… Amazing… It had romance, wartime spirit, drama and many a twist to keep you reading. Not a bad word I could say about this book!’ @stuck_in_the_book_loop, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Beautifully and emotively written, this is an uplifting story…. Quite simply, exquisite. I teared up so many times… I found myself smiling often.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘This book kept me up at night, longing to find out what happens… It was such a lovely read.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘What a delightful start to a new series!… It is a heart-warming and heartfelt story that had me smiling, laughing and crying.’ @shortbookthyme
‘This is sharp, beautifully written and incredibly powerful… book that is bound to be a success.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘A lovely story for the heart! This novel has everything to feel good: very likable characters, nursing, love as well as a heartbreaking storyline… Perfect as a holiday, easy and delightful read!’ Goodreads reviewer
‘Fantastic… Heart-warming and emotively written story… This story has it all… Romance, hope, war… A few heartbreaking moments… I loved the hero and heroine, their banter and their love.’ Goodreads reviewer
‘So many gut-wrench tears… The book doesn’t just tell a story but it shares life lessons.’ Goodreads reviewer