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Historical Fiction | A Ration Book Christmas | Jean Fullerton | Guest Review

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On publication day, we’re delighted to be sharing Alice-Jane’s thoughts on A Ration Book Christmas by Jean Fullerton.

A Ration Book Christmas Jean Fullerton

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Corvus; Main edition (11 Oct. 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1786491400
  • ISBN-13: 978-1786491404

In the darkest days of the Blitz, Christmas is more important than ever.

With Christmas approaching, the Brogan family of London’s East End are braving the horrors of the Blitz. With the men away fighting for King and Country and the ever-present dangers of the German Luftwaffe’s nightly reign of death and destruction, the family must do all they can to keep a stiff upper lip.

For Jo, the youngest of the Brogan sisters, the perils of war also offer a new-found freedom. Jo falls in love with Tommy, a man known for his dangerous reputation as much as his charm. But as the falling bombs devastate their neighbourhood and rationing begins to bite, will the Brogans manage to pull together a traditional family Christmas? And will Jo find the love and security she seeks in a time of such grave peril?

Available to purchase in digital and paperback formats.


A Ration Book Christmas focuses on the bonds of family, love and friendship. Drawing upon the necessities of these bonds to sustain everyone through the horrors of this time, Jean Fullerton writes in an easy flowing style- making it an enticing read!

Although the character Jo has to fight daily for life with all London inhabitants, it is the story of her relationship with local scoundrel Tommy Sweete which leads one with intrigue into the story.

Jean Fullerton has created a world that is full of daily life situations of family feuds, mis- communication and prejudice that shows that despite a country calling for the unity of all individuals to fight a common enemy, family life will still persevere!

A thoroughly enjoyable read!

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Author photo Jean Fullerton

Jean Fullerton is the author of eight historical novels and two novellas. She is a qualified District and Queen’s nurse who has spent most of her working life in the East End of London, first as a Sister in charge of a team, and then as a District Nurse tutor. She is also a qualified teacher and spent twelve years lecturing on community nursing studies at a London university. She now writes full-time.

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I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 8+ years. My love of reading, crocheting and being out in nature are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school. I'm passionate about early help and sharing strategies with families to empower and help build resilience. I'm a member of of my Local Authority's Early Help Operational Board, working alongside other professionals to instigate change and growth.

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