The Way to London by Alix Rickloff

The Way to London

On the eve of Pearl Harbor, impetuous and overindulged, Lucy Stanhope, the granddaughter of an earl, is living a life of pampered luxury in Singapore until one reckless act will change her life forever. Exiled to England to stay with an aunt she barely remembers, Lucy never dreamed that she would be one of the last people to escape Singapore before war engulfs the entire island, and that her parents would disappear in the devastating aftermath. ...

Details The Way to London

TitleThe Way to London
Release DateSep 19th, 2017
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, War, World War II, Fiction, Romance, European Literature, British Literature

Reviews The Way to London

  • Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine)
    You can enter to win a copy of The Way to London at Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine till 11:59pm 9/29/17. As many of you know, I’m always up for what’s new in WWII fiction and books set in England so I was very pleased to have the opportunity to participate in the tour for this book. The Way to London is very much a character driven novel that provided a fresh and somewhat lighter read than many WWII novels already on my shelf.The book begins with Lucy ...
  • Deb
    World War II-set historical fiction is my jam. Between book reviews and on my own, I have read or listened to about ten for the year so far. What drew me to jump on the tour for The Way to London was that they main character has been living in Singapore for the past few years and having spent time there for work years ago, I am always looking for books set there. Although we don't spend long in Singapore before Lucy is banished to London for the ...
  • Chanel Cleeton
    Featuring a strong heroine and an emotional journey, The Way to London is a beautiful story of love, friendship, and the strength of the human spirit set against the backdrop of the tumultuous events of World War II.
  • Cheryl
    I looked forward to reading this book. I am a fan of these types of books. As the saying goes, the first impression is the most important. Well my first impression of Lucy was not a great one. I found her to be inconsiderate, disrespectful, and childish. I am glad that her step father and mother finally took a stand against Lucy and sent her away, even if it took an incident to make them act. After, that incident, I thought I would try to be open...
  • Betty
    Pampered, stubborn, impetuous, reckless. That’s Lucy Stanhope, granddaughter of an earl. Not a very likeable person…at first.Set in the early days of WWII, Lucy is living in Singapore with her mother and stepfather. But after a questionable incident she is exiled to England to live with her aunt. Lucy is one of the last people to get out of Singapore before the war reaches the island. Lucy learns that her mother has perished at sea. While in ...
  • DJ Sakata
    Favorite Quotes:She shared a tiny cabin with an older widowed woman of a melancholy disposition and a penchant for weeping unexpectedly who, when awake, spent her time recounting stories of her dearly departed husband, Edgar, and when asleep, rattled the paint from the walls with her seismic snores.I’d scratch your eyes out if I didn’t think it would be a marked improvement.Mam says a true gentleman treats ladies with respect. Course she like...
  • Sharlene
    I can not say enough about how fabulous this book is. In the midst of war Alix Rickloff is able to capture the human spirit of survival and even humor. Her 3 main characters are some of the best I have come across and the supporting cast is just as endearing. I laughed, shed a few tears and fell in love with The Way to London. Put this on your #TBR list. Twelve year old Bill will steal your heart.
  • Erin
    Find this and other reviews at: https://historicalfictionreader.blogs...Alix Rickloff’s Secrets of Nanreath Hall made a fabulous impression on several of my friends, but The Way to London: A Novel of World War II marks my first experience with her work. I’m not entirely sure what I expected going in, but I was generally optimistic and am pleased to report my confidence was not entirely misplaced.Spoiled socialite, Lucy Stanhope, reminded me q...
  • Sascha
    4 1/2 stars. Even though the blurb tells the future reader that Lucy Stanhope is over-indulged, I was not initially prepared for the spoiled brat with the waspish tongue that appeared on the pages of the first few chapters. I kind of clenched my teeth and spirited on.Despite the fact that war was raging all around her, Lucy and the elite living in Singapore dined in fashion and were coddled in their affluent, carefree existence. However Lucy, typ...
  • Haley
    It’s not often that I change my opinion of a character so much as I did in The Way to London. Lucy is SUCH a spoiled little brat at the beginning of this–she thinks the world actually revolves around her and how DARE anyone suggest otherwise. Her spitfire spirit and love of gin were the only two things that appealed to me, and I was ready to cast this book off.But, war is coming to Singapore, and she is all but shoved onto a boat back to Engl...
  • Gaele
    A troublesome and difficult to like character in Lucy, she’s just like her mother: over-indulged, selfish, self-absorbed, sharp-tongued and manipulative, she’s always felt out of place and unwanted by her mother, even as she is following closely in her footsteps. Repeated moves and adjustments as her mother jumps from rich man to richer man, her current stepfather has been funding (read paying off) Lucy’s exploits in Singapore, until a conf...
  • Deborah
    I simply could not get into this one. The characters are overly familiar stereotypes and the plot is predictable. Lucy Stanhope, the pampered protagonist, is so unlikable that you just know she will end up being reformed by love and circumstances, and you know by the second chapter that the man who will spur that reform is going to be the same young officer who flirts with her by the side of a ritzy hotel pool in Singapore. By the time I got 30 p...
  • Sue
    This is a well written book about WWII and how it affected the lives of the rich. I can promise you that you won't like the main character at the beginning of the book - she is sarcastic and rude and a real elitist who doesn't care how other people live or how the war is changing their lives. Don't let your feelings towards her, affect your decision to continue reading this book. I think that the author deliberately made her unlikable to show how...
  • Villivonkansbooks
    När andra världskriget kommer allt närmare tvingas Lucy ge upp sitt bekymmerslösa liv i Singapores societet. Istället tvingas Lucy resa till mosterns gods i England. Allt är kallt och grått i England och mostern vill knappt veta av henne.🐴Jag har tidigare läst Dimmornas hus utav författaren. Det var en bok jag tyckte mycket om. Vägen till London är en underhållande och charmig roman. Jag är svag för både böcker och serier i Dow...
  • Brenda
    I debated between 3 and 4 Stars. On the surface the story seems to be lacking especially at the beginning when Lucy seems like a spoiled little rich girl and rather unlikeable. I felt like perhaps there should have been more depth to her relationships, but the more I thought about it the more I felt there was enough depth after all. Lucy had spent her whole life keeping people at arm’s length to avoid being hurt the way her mother had by not ca...
  • Pat
    I really wanted to like this book. I enjoy reading books set during WWII Britain. The descriptions of what life was like during that time are presented well in this book. However, I just do not like the main character. She's spoiled, shallow, and self-centered for most of the story. She redeems herself at the end of the book. There were several loose ends that were never resolved. Maybe the author plans a sequel. It just wasn't one of my favorite...
  • Lisbeth Zabihi
    Oplæser: Susanne Storm. Jeg er ikke den store fan - oplæsning på det jævne. Dejlig roman om det at søge. Søge efter en forsvunden mor, søge efter kærligheden, søge efter en vej frem i livet, søge efter den tabte kærlighed til en mor, søgen efter hvem man er eller er på vej til at blive.
  • Elaine
    If you enjoy reading historical WW 11 novels!, here is one of the best!
  • Clare O'Beara
    Sent 'home' from Singapore for her lavish and careless lifestyle, the anti-heroine gets torpedoed and arrives in Britain without her fine dresses, which upsets her rather more than being told that there is a war on. I am puzzled as to how she gets away with doing no war work for a good while, as almost every woman had to enlist in some auxilliary service or work on the land, in nursing, in NAAFI canteens etc. Cornwall is too boring for her so she...
  • The Library Lady
    Okay, Alix Rickloff, you got me. I started out hating Lucy, and I think I was supposed to do so. But as the book progressed, and I learned more of her back story, and as I watched her grow and learn to care for others, I started pulling for her. The romance and ending were predictable, but satisfying.All in all, well done.
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  • Kathleen (Kat) Smith
    Sometimes you pick up a novel expecting one thing and get so much more. The Way to London By Alix Rickloff is one such novel. Set among the war that is just on the verge of breaking out, over indulged socialite Lucy Stanhope has followed in the ways of her promiscuous mother Amelia. It seems after her mother had given birth to Lucy, all she can do is find ways to hand her daughter off to a nanny or boarding school in order to fulfill her maternal...
  • Chaya Nebel
    This is a beautiful and well-written picaresque tale with a headstrong protagonist, an emotional backstory, and a journey full of hope and aspirations, stumbles and failures, dangers and adventures. It's a story of an unlikely friendship and the tale of one young woman's difficult emotional and physical perseverance against a backdrop of war. Lucy Stanhope is a spoiled rich kid whose absent and uninvolved mother, married to her 3rd husband, is be...
  • Sensitivemuse
    So what I was expecting from this book is a typical journey of a young woman and a boy she finds along the way. I was expecting a serious journey, perhaps with a few tear jerker scenes along and a bit of romance to lighten the mood. I was happy to be wrong about it when I finally finished the book.Besides the obvious journey to London, it’s also more of Lucy’s road to developing her true self and coming to terms with it. She comes across char...
  • N.
    I didn't think I was going to like The Way to London, at first. Lucy Stanhope, the heroine, is a wicked character with icy manners. You have to be patient with her. The story is basically a romantic quest. Lucy is a wounded soul because her mother never paid attention to her and flitted from one romance (and marriage) to another. It starts in Singapore and Lucy is pressured to go to England by her mother after her scandalous affair comes to light...
  • Ricki Treleaven
    When I first started reading this novel, I didn't care for the main character Lucy Stanhope at all. I didn't care for her when she was a drunken tart in Singapore; I didn't care for her when the Germans torpedoed her ship off the coast of Africa en route from Singapore to England (as a matter of fact, it wouldn't have fazed me in the least had she gone down with the ship); and I especially didn't care for her when she made it to Nanreath Hall in ...
  • Meg - A Bookish Affair
    In "The Way to London," privileged Lucy is forced to leave her cushy in warm Singapore home where she is basically free to do whatever she wants and spend money however she wants for cold, dreary London as war threatens to engulf the Pacific. Lucy will go on a journey that forces her to change and adapt in ways she didn't think possible. This book had a slow start for me. Lucy does not start out as the most likable character; it was hard to find ...
  • Lesley
    Historical WWII Singapore, EnglandMore like 3.5Lucy Stanhope is the granddaughter of an Earl and living in Sigapore with her beautiful socialite mother and her stepfather. She is snobbish, uncaring, lazy and lives for drinking, parties and the admiration of men. In fact she is very difficult to like. However, she has recieved little affection or attention from her selfish mother. She is sent back to England just before the Japanese invade Singapo...
  • Sharon
    The Way to London was not what I expected. Lucy is a spoiled rich girl, a socialite who is, frankly, initially completely unlikable, both in the book and for the reader. Throughout the book, however, Lucy makes a journey to London and a personal journey to learn about herself. I disliked Lucy so much early on that I wasn't sure if I could hang in there, but I did and I'm glad. Along the way we meet many others who bring the humanity to the story ...
  • Ionia
    It turns out that the way to London was rather a circuitous route, but one that I found myself enjoying as the pages went on. At times, I wondered if Lucy and her companion Bill would ever actually reach their destination, but in the end, I liked the way the author went with the characters and their journey. The length of time it took them to finally reach London allowed for a lot of chracter development and growth. This is one of those books tha...