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Gracie Under Fire (Women and War Book 1)

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Heartbreaking, war, conflict, love and misunderstanding. London 1937 Gracie Thompson has a job, a loving family, a twin brother who drives her insane and a great friend. A chance meeting introduces her to the love of her life. But the storm clouds are gathering, Europe is teetering on the verge of war and threatening to destroy everything Gracie holds dear. When war arrives h Heartbreaking, war, conflict, love and misunderstanding. London 1937 Gracie Thompson has a job, a loving family, a twin brother who drives her insane and a great friend. A chance meeting introduces her to the love of her life. But the storm clouds are gathering, Europe is teetering on the verge of war and threatening to destroy everything Gracie holds dear. When war arrives her family are split up, her younger siblings evacuated, her brothers join up to serve, her boyfriend, Charlie, is in daily danger and her life is threatened. Her father and Charlie believe a woman's place is in the home but she is equally determined to do her duty for King and Country. Then the telegram arrives… Note: Updated, revised and expanded edition. Previously published under the pen name Ellie Keaton.


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Heartbreaking, war, conflict, love and misunderstanding. London 1937 Gracie Thompson has a job, a loving family, a twin brother who drives her insane and a great friend. A chance meeting introduces her to the love of her life. But the storm clouds are gathering, Europe is teetering on the verge of war and threatening to destroy everything Gracie holds dear. When war arrives h Heartbreaking, war, conflict, love and misunderstanding. London 1937 Gracie Thompson has a job, a loving family, a twin brother who drives her insane and a great friend. A chance meeting introduces her to the love of her life. But the storm clouds are gathering, Europe is teetering on the verge of war and threatening to destroy everything Gracie holds dear. When war arrives her family are split up, her younger siblings evacuated, her brothers join up to serve, her boyfriend, Charlie, is in daily danger and her life is threatened. Her father and Charlie believe a woman's place is in the home but she is equally determined to do her duty for King and Country. Then the telegram arrives… Note: Updated, revised and expanded edition. Previously published under the pen name Ellie Keaton.

30 review for Gracie Under Fire (Women and War Book 1)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jan Gustafson

    Very Good!! Rachel Wesson's stories are so real and grab one into the story --and this one is no exception! The characters become real people to the reader - I wanted to read faster to find out what happens next to each one! Looking forward to reading the next book!! to find out what happens next Very Good!! Rachel Wesson's stories are so real and grab one into the story --and this one is no exception! The characters become real people to the reader - I wanted to read faster to find out what happens next to each one! Looking forward to reading the next book!! to find out what happens next

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mary Sue Wilson

    A Good Story As WW2 begins the reader follows two different young ladies who develop an unlikely relationship. This is a novel about love, friendship, loss and family.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sandy McKenna

    A thoroughly enjoyable read. Set mainly in London, and beginning just prior to World War II, this is a compelling story of the friendship between a young girl recently arrived from France with a member of the staff in her new home. A beautifully penned story with excellent characters; I found this enjoyable saga hard to put down, and I am looking forward to reading more in this series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Marianne

    Gracie… This book was so very good. First of all Gracie is such a firecracker at times, she made me laugh and feel sorry for her as well, and Penny, such a strong young lady fighting the class distinction and yet very faithful to her dear friend. It’s easy to “see” the characters so vividly. Love them all.

  5. 4 out of 5

    JAMES A. DOAK

    Super good read! I can hardly wait to get the next book! The characters were life like, the plot intriguing and war time England was factual and real. Life in the military seemed to be much the same during WW 2, as it was during my tenure in the Air Force. Thanks for a really excellent read!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Hughes

    Awesome book! I love everything I've ever read by Rachel Wesson. I love to read a book series because I feel like you don't have to give up the characters at the end of one book! Rachel writes characters that you don't want to leave so I love that I don't have to and can just pick up the next book! Thanks Rachel! Awesome book! I love everything I've ever read by Rachel Wesson. I love to read a book series because I feel like you don't have to give up the characters at the end of one book! Rachel writes characters that you don't want to leave so I love that I don't have to and can just pick up the next book! Thanks Rachel!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Pat Comer

    Great Story. I enjoyed reading about Gracie and Penny, wonderful story, Sad, in spots, Fun and exciting. Gracie and Penny got into all kinds of trouble, met great guys, and just kept going. War is awful and survival is is the best a person can do. Thanks Rachel Wesson.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    Women and the War Getting to know Penny who has just escaped her beloved France and Lifelong friend Madame..and learns to live with her fathers family in London..then the War breaks out!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    Good read

  10. 5 out of 5

    Angela Howard

    Good book. This is a great story. You feel like you are with the characters. It is a part of history I can't get enough of. Good book. This is a great story. You feel like you are with the characters. It is a part of history I can't get enough of.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    Loved this book! I got lost in this book every time I read it. Great characters. Such a wonderful story! I can't wait to read the next book! Loved this book! I got lost in this book every time I read it. Great characters. Such a wonderful story! I can't wait to read the next book!

  12. 5 out of 5

    mrs m grierson

    First time reading Rachel Wesson But it won't be my last as I really enjoyed the book. I've ordered the next book in this series. First time reading Rachel Wesson But it won't be my last as I really enjoyed the book. I've ordered the next book in this series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    ann betts

    Gracie under fire Just a light reading feel good story of young people living in a time of war in England during the second World War

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jillian

    Interesting book Really enjoyed reading about Gracie and Penny. It's a fast paced book set amid the second world war. Very descriptive of the conditions at that time. Interesting book Really enjoyed reading about Gracie and Penny. It's a fast paced book set amid the second world war. Very descriptive of the conditions at that time.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Janet Smith

    Another engrossing story by Rachel Wesson. You will fall in love with Gracie and Penny.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Gray

    So good! Literally just finished and if there isn’t a sequel i will lose my mind! I am so invested in the characters!!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Debra Reedy

    I found the story to be a little dull. The main character is Gracie but I found Penny’s character to be much more interesting.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Susan Adele

    Enjoyed this novel. Good story . . . and an opportunity to experience the lives of the men and women who lived through World War II.,

  19. 5 out of 5

    Carey Mundy

    What a great read and I’m Almost done with the second book in this series. This one involves a common English girl Trying to survive during the London Blitz; and a French aristocrat she befriends.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Perkins

  21. 4 out of 5

    Eunice Bourgeois

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rhyan Hanson Sweem

  23. 4 out of 5

    Janet Baker

  24. 4 out of 5

    philip long

  25. 4 out of 5

    Andy

  26. 4 out of 5

    sonia thohan

  27. 4 out of 5

    a j kerr

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rita Murphy

  29. 5 out of 5

    mrs m gallagher

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Nicholson

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