The Very White of Love S C Worrall
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The Very White of Love S C Worrall

384 pages

Publisher: HQ (14 Jun. 2018)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0008217513

ISBN-13: 978-0008217518

Torn apart by war, their letters meant everything…

‘My love. I am writing to you without knowing where you are but I will find you after all these long months…’

3rd September 1938. Martin Preston is in his second year of Oxford when his world is split in two by a beautiful redhead, Nancy Whelan. A whirlwind romance blossoms in the Buckinghamshire countryside as dark clouds begin to gather in Europe.

3rd September 1939. Britain declares war on Germany. Martin is sent to the battlefields of France, but as their letters cross the channel, he tells Nancy their love will keep him safe. Then, one day, his letters stop.

3rd September 1940. It’s four months since Nancy last heard from Martin. She knows he is still alive. And she’ll do anything to find him. But what she discovers will change her life forever…

Available to purchase in digital, hardcover and audiobook formats.


The Very White of Love is an historical novel based on true events between 1938 and 1941.

After his mother’s death, S.C Worrall found his mother’s love letters encompassing this time. This novel is based on her correspondence with Martin Preston whom she met in September 1938.

Martin, a university student, bumped into Nancy Whelan, a beautiful redhead. He became infatuated, however their future changed due to his training and fighting in France, a year later.  This story highlights the unfortunate timing of war for many couples, old and young.

I found the story began extremely well, describing their love in the Buckinghamshire countryside and I thoroughly enjoyed their relationship blossoming.

A beautiful tale of young love torn apart by war. The author has researched different elements of war in great detail which makes The Very White of Love a compelling read.

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