What I’m Reading: The Spies of Shilling Lane

I had read some books by the author Jennifer Ryan.  While writing the reviews I discovered that she had other books too…so, I put myself on the waitlist for this book, The Spies of Shilling Lane.


The book came when I was driving back and forth to Rochester for my shots and treatment.  I put about four books on my device thinking I could easily listen to them going back and forth.  Well then Kalissa went with me more than I expected and I listened to podcasts one day.

Well that left me with one day to listen to over half of the book so sadly, it’s wasn’t a “fun” to listen to as I was listening while I was trying to do other things too.  Sadly my library does not allow renewals.  So it’s listen or lose it.

I did love the book and am glad I was able to squeeze it in.  So far I have loved every one of Jennifer Ryan’s books.  You can find them all HERE.

I ended up pre-ordering her latest book, The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle.  It will be out in May.  I’m so excited about it.  I really do love this author. 

Here is what Amazon has to say:
Mrs. Braithwaite, self-appointed queen of her English village, finds herself dethroned, despised, and dismissed following her husband’s selfish divorce petition. Never deterred, the threat of a family secret being revealed sets her hot-foot to London to find the only person she has left—her clever daughter Betty, who took work there at the first rumbles of war.
 
But when she arrives, Betty’s landlord, the timid Mr. Norris, informs her that Betty hasn’t been home in days–with the chaos of the bombs, there’s no telling what might have befallen her. Aghast, Mrs. Braithwaite sets her bullish determination to the task of finding her only daughter.
 
Storming into the London Blitz, Mrs. Braithwaite drags the reluctant Mr. Norris along as an unwitting sidekick as they piece together Betty’s unexpectedly chaotic life. As she is thrown into the midst of danger and death, Mrs. Braithwaite is forced to rethink her old-fashioned notions of status, class, and reputation, and to reconsider the question that’s been puzzling her since her world overturned: How do you measure the success of your life?
 
Readers will be charmed by the unforgettable Mrs. Braithwaite and her plucky, ruthless optimism, and find in The Spies of Shilling Lane a novel with surprising twists and turns, quiet humor, and a poignant examination of mothers and daughters and the secrets we keep.

Amazon readers gave the book 4.3 stars.  I really liked the book and would give it 4.5.  I felt the writing was good and could totally imagine the story.

You can find the book HERE if you are interested.

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