Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Book review: The London Restoration by Rachel McMillan

The London Restoration

In post-World War II London, determined to save their marriage and the city they love, two people divided by World War II's secrets rebuild their lives, their love, and their world.

London, Fall 1945. Architectural historian Diana Somerville's experience as a codebreaker at Bletchley Park and her knowledge of London's churches intersect in MI6's pursuit of a Russian agent named Eternity. Diana wants nothing more than to begin again with her husband Brent after their separation during the war, but her signing of the Official Secrets Act keeps him at a distance.

Brent Somerville, professor of theology at King's College, hopes aiding his wife with her church consultations will help him better understand why she disappeared when he needed her most. But he must find a way to reconcile his traumatic experiences as a stretcher bearer on the European front with her obvious lies about her wartime activities and whereabouts.

Camy here:

This was a beautiful book with a wonderful romance and an exciting suspense plot. In fact, the first chapter really reminded me of a John le Carre novel, crafting the intrigue of Diana’s work with a deft literary hand that created mystery and excitement.

The characters are multi-dimensional and realistic, and I enjoyed the journey toward healing their marriage.

The description of post WW2 London was incredibly rich and detailed, making the city come alive. I especially learned so much about Wren’s churches, and the author’s love for the architecture really shines through.

I admit I did get a little lost with the time jumps, but that’s only because it’s hard for me to keep two story threads—even those that intertwine like this one—in my head. The flashback chapters were done very well and were very romantic.

Overall, a very enjoyable book and a great new-to-me author!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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