In Times of Rain and War
by Camron Wright
During World War II, an American soldier encounters a German woman living a secret life in bomb-blighted London.
In September of 1940, during the Blitz in London, Audrey Stocking is blending in with other civilians who are trying to survive the nightly bombings, but she has a secret. She’s not British; she’s German. Her fake passport and nearly perfect English allow her to blend in as she works hard to help evacuate British children into the countryside. Audrey longs to reunite with her family in Hamburg, but her double life, the bombings, and the watchful British Military Intelligence have forced her to stay put. And then there are the paralyzing nightmares . . .
Lieutenant Wesley Bowers, an American soldier training with London’s Bomb Disposal Company 5, meets Audrey when an air raid leaves an unexploded bomb on the floor of her flat. She is attractive, intelligent, and compassionate, and there’s an immediate connection between them. As they get to know each other, Wesley realizes Audrey is the one bright spot amid the war’s unending bleakness and constant threat of death. But will he still feel the same if he discovers the secrets she is hiding? Secrets even Audrey is unaware of?
In Times of Rain and War is a gripping and heartbreakingly beautiful story about the strength and resilience of the human heart and spirit, reminding us there is always hope in hard times.
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Review by Melissa Dalton Martinez
Audrey Stocking defied the odds and survived the attacks on bomb-blighted London during World War II. An attractive and intelligent woman, she is focused on helping evacuate British children to areas away from the bombing—all the while trying to hide the fact that she’s actually German. Her fake passport and nearly flawless English enable her to blend in with the city’s civilians as she longs to return to her family in Hamburg—an impossible wish.
Wesley Bowers is an American lieutenant training in London during one of the most perilous times of the war for the city. When an air raid rains explosives on London and leaves an unexploded bomb on the floor of Audrey’s flat, he becomes part of the rescue detail.
There is an immediate connection between the two. As they get to know each other, Wesley and Audrey fall in love—without Wesley discovering her true nationality. In this gripping and heartbreakingly beautiful story about the strength and resilience of the human heart and spirit, you’ll find yourself praying that Wesley will still feel the same once he discovers Audrey’s secrets.
In this riveting story that examines the fear, courage, healing, love, and loss inherent in war, you’ll be reminded that there is always hope in the hardest of times.