The Light Over London by Julia Kelly

The Light Over London

Reminiscent of Martha Hall Kelly's Lilac Girls and Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale, this sweeping, entrancing story is a must-read for fans of remarkable women rising to challenges they could never have predicted. It’s always been easier for Cara Hargraves to bury herself in the past than confront the present, which is why working with a gruff but brilliant antiques dealer is perfect. While clearing out an estate, she pries open an old tin tha...

Details The Light Over London

TitleThe Light Over London
Release DateJan 8th, 2019
PublisherGallery Books
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, War, World War II

Reviews The Light Over London

  • Dorie - Traveling Sister :)
    Historical fiction is my favorite genre so I was interested in what this novel had to offer. One of my pet peeves is publicists comparing one book to another. “The Lilac Girls” was about Hitler’s doctors horrible experiments on twins, and the award winning “The Nightingale” was about two sisters and their decisions about how they lived out the war, one at home and one in the French resistance The only thing this novel had in common with...
  • Liz
    The publisher recommends this book for those who liked The Nightingale or Lilac Girls, which is what drew me to it. In truth, it struck me as more romance than historic fiction. That’s not to say it’s not enjoyable. Just know what you’re getting going into it. Drawing on two parallel storylines, it tells of Cara, who works for an antique dealer and finds a diary from a WWII “gunner girl”. We read about Louise as Cara reads her diary and...
  • Brandice
    The Light Over London is a dual timeline story, in which Cara finds a WWII diary at one of the properties where she’s working with her antiques dealer boss, and becomes invested in identifying its author and what happened to her. Cara has buried herself in work to avoid dealing with the grief and pain in her life recently. The diary gives her another outlet for distraction, and she tries to use its story to connect with her grandmother, Iris, w...
  • Marialyce
    3.5 starsIn this book we meet two woman of two different time periods. The first is Cara Hagraves, a young woman devastated from a current divorce who works with a antiques dealer classifying objects. The other is Louise Keene, a young woman who is stifled by her overbearing parents and looks for a way to escape their confines. She finds it by running away and then working as one of the ack ack girls during World War II. Both girls are trying to ...
  • Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
    4.5 starsFair warning! Tissues needed!Positively touching, a sweet romantic slow burn sweep through two historical timelines. Separate, yet intertwined are the walks of two woman from different backgrounds and times, who want to follow their hearts and are thrown devastating challenges their way. Moving back into her hometown to restart her life after a painful divorce, Cara Hargraves works on estate inspections, appraisals and sales. Her interes...
  • Erin
    3.75 stars rounded up to 4 A compelling dual narrative taking place in 2018 and during WWII that was Impossible to put down The Light Over London is probably what many of us WWII readers would refer to as "historical lite", simply meaning it's a bit more heavy on the relationships between people ( in the case of this book- the gunner girls), families, and of course the romantic kind. But it was just the type of story to start on a cold(-50 celsi...
  • Tina
    Ah my favourite kind of story, that moves back and forth through the past and present time. Superbly written! In the present day, Cara is an antiques dealer, who is dealing with an estate of a recently deceased lady. She finds an old diary in amongst her things. It is a diary written in the WW2 era about a war time romance. She is fascinated and begins to try to solve the mystery. The story goes back in time as Cara reads the diary entries. In th...
  • Stephanie
    3.5 Stars While I enjoyed The Light Over London, I didn't love it like I hoped that I would, especially since I requested it because it is compared in the blurb to The Nightingale, which is one of my most favorite WWII historical fiction novels. I've made this complaint several times this year about books being marketed as either the wrong genre or indiscriminately compared to other books in the hopes that readers would pick them up because they ...
  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    3.5 StarsFirst I really have to start off by saying it’s too much of expectations here to compare The Light Over London with The Nightingale or Lilac Girls. The Light Over London is a much lighter historical fiction and more towards a historical romance. I thought they were very different stories and had different tones to the stories. I think you are much better off going into this story without the expectations of comparing it to The Nighting...
  • Zoe
    Sweet, intriguing, and romantic!The Light Over London is a compelling tale set during the early 1940s, as well as the present day, and is told from two different perspectives. Louise, a young girl who finds adventure outside her hometown by becoming a Gunner Girl in the British Army and being swept off her feet by a dashing RAF pilot; and Cara, a recent divorcee who after finding an old locket, photograph, and diary during an estate sale embark...
  • DeAnn
    4 dual-timeline historical stars to this oneJust when I think I've read about many of the facets of WWII, along comes another book to prove me wrong! This book has dual storylines -- a modern story with Cara, and a WWII era story with Louise. Cara works in antiques and discovers Louise's diary when she served as a Gunner Girl and sets out to learn more.These WWII women were recruited to serve in a nearly-combat role, spotting the enemy planes, di...
  • Joe Krakovsky
    I recently got 'scolded' by one of my Goodreads friends for being 'nice' instead of giving an 'honest' review. With that in mind, here I go...I won this book in a Goodreads drawing. It is a novel about two women. One, whom we could call an English little small town country girl, started keeping a diary when she fell in love with a Spitfire pilot at the beginning of World War II. The other female of interest is a current day young woman, divorced,...
  • Tammy
    The Light Over London is a dual timeline story that grabbed me from page one. I love historical fiction about strong women who buck the societal norms to make their own way in life! Julia Kelly’s latest work is a must read for historical fiction fans!
  • Julia
    This is not the sort of book I would usually pick up. There is a historical war time romance story and I prefer contemporary books. But once I started, I found myself pulled into the story and I ended up really enjoying it.The book interweaves the story on Cara, an antique dealer in the present day, with that of Louise, a young woman who runs off to join the war effort in 1941. There are some similarities between the two woman. Both woman are unl...
  • Michelle
    I was asked to blurb this book and below are my thoughts! A fantastic read. In THE LIGHT OVER LONDON, Julia Kelly introduces readers to a new group of WWII heroes—the gunner girls. Deftly weaving together past and present, Kelly tells a fresh, heartfelt story of sisterhood and sacrifice, culminating in a gut-punch finish. Perfect for fans of THE ALICE NETWORK.
  • LibraryCin
    There are two parallel stories in this one. Cara works for an antiques dealer and, while looking through someone’s estate, she discovers an old diary hidden away; she is given permission to take it and try to find out to whom it belonged. It attracted her attention because there was a photo of a young woman in an RAF uniform, and Cara’s grandmother had also been part of the Royal Air Force during the war. In fact, Cara’s grandmother won’t...
  • Danielle Rotko
    When I saw this was compared to The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, I knew I had to get my hands on it. I would’ve been happy with a book even in the same ballpark, but sadly The Light Over London pales in comparison. While I enjoyed the story and reading about women’s roles in the war, I know it will not have a lasting impact on me. It was just “okay.” I read The Nightingale almost 10 months ago and I still think about it to this day. Unf...
  • Karen
    A moving and beautifully told wartime romance. Two women, two remarkable stories from different generational perspectives.Desperately stuck in a small town and itching to escape an overbearing mother,, nineteen year old Louise runs away, enlisting in the military to do her part in the WWII war effort shortly after falling head over heals in love with Paul, a handsome and sophisticated fighter pilot.In current day, we meet young Cara, an antiques ...
  • Pamela
    Present day, we meet Cara who hides herself in her work with an antiques dealer. While on a job site, Cara finds an old tin with a diary inside. She feels compelled to find out who wrote it.Flashback, we meet Louise who feels stuck in her small village. And so the story begins. I liked the characters and most of the story, but Iris seemed thrown into the mix. Her actions were over the top for me, so I really didn't care for her. However, with out...
  • Tina Woodbury
    For all of my reviews: www.readingbetweenthepagesblog.wordpr...*3.5 starsCara Hargraves is an antique dealer. While cleaning out the house of a woman who has recently passed away, she finds a diary. Her curiosity is instantly piqued and she is determined to find the person who wrote it and return it to them.This story is written in dual time periods (present day and 1941). Present day is told by Cara whose search for the diary owner will open up ...
  • Susan Peterson
    Light Over London is a warm-hearted dual timeline story about two women who are finding their way in the world. Louise is a small-town girl whose life is changed during WWII when she meets a handsome pilot, and more importantly, when she joins a woman’s unit in the British army. Cara is the present-day heroine who is piecing her life back together at the same time she is trying to uncover family secrets. Both stories are interesting and kept me...
  • Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
    I really enjoyed this one. I had no idea about the Gunner girls during the war, so it was interesting to learn more about that. Ultimately, this tale is about sisterhood and the courage that many women had during the war. I definitely recommend it to fans of The Nightingale and as well as wartime fiction. It was a little more on the "romance" side than my usual historical novels, nonetheless, it was still an enjoyable read. Full review to come.
  • Literary Soirée
    I was so captivated by Julia Kelly’s THE LIGHT OVER LONDON. It beautifully covers an era of history that I’m inexplicably drawn to, with the ultimate battle of good vs. evil.Cara Hargraves works for an antiques dealer and one day, while going through an estate, discovers an old tin with secrets of a long lost relationship. Inside are a diary from WWII and a photo of a uniform-clad young woman. What she finds as she looks into the woman’s li...
  • Jena Henry
    The best part of this story- the Ack Ack Girls!The present meets the past in this pleasant book by Julia Kelley. Cara is the modern day character, broken by a divorce and the death of her parents. Louise is a young woman in the 1940’s, growing up in a small village in Cornwall. Cara has left her posh life in London and retreated to a small town, where she works for an antique dealer. She discovers a diary in a dusty armoire, reads it and bonds ...
  • Linda Klager
    I enjoyed this book tremendously. Thank you Goodreads Giveaways! The main characters were two women - one called Louise who lived during World War II and the other called Cara in the present time. Both learned to be strong and resilient women. Both had struggles and dreams and had to go through difficulties to realize that they were able to overcome these trials.There was some love scenes in this book, but they were handled tastefully. How hard i...
  • Yaritza
    A fantastic novel of love in wartime, loss, secrets, betrayal and strength. Cara and Louise both went through heartbreak and betrayal. They might have been from two different time periods but they both were determined and strong willed. Cara found a diary that sparked her curiosity to find out who the writer was and how her life continued after her last journal entry. Cara had lost her parents and had a horrible divorce. Her grandmother had a sec...
  • Katie Wechtler
    Enjoyable read. It's got the back and forth between likeable modern characters and an interesting ww2 protagonist whose story unfolds little by little. I definitely wanted to keep reading to learn more about her. However, this is a much lighter book than the "similar to" comparisons made by the publisher.
  • Heather Donovan
    **Possible spoilers ahead**I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.I requested this book on the marketing promise that this book was for fans of Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale.While I enjoyed the story of Louise and the other Ack-Ack Girls, the present-day story with Cara and her grandmother Iris was wasted. I was waiting for a big reveal that somehow tied the two stories together - given that Iris and Louise were both...
  • Debra Moffitt
    What an amazing book! It's a pleasure to read the stories about women who are heroic - where romance isn't the sole focus of a woman's life, but remains and integral part of it. I loved the interweaving of the story of Louise during WWII and the current day story of Cara. Very artfully done. A good read that nourishes the spirit.