- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: WordCrafts Press (June 10, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1948679507
- ISBN-13: 978-1948679503
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,970,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kittleson also deftly writes strong female characters facing heartbreaking tragedies. UNTIL THEN features two: Marian, caught in the Blitz, and Dorothy, a surgical nurse whose work with the 11th Evacuation Hospital has taken her to North Africa, through Sicily and into France. Their stories intertwine in a narrative that touches then heals the soul. Highly highly recommended!
Pub date: 11 June 2019. Available on Amazon.
I thank Gail for the review copy and the great privilege of reading UNTIL THEN. Opinions are mine.
Bethnal Green was the scene of the greatest war-related loss of life tragedy in London during World War II. To keep the enemy from knowing how frightened the citizens were and avoid any similar actions, the cause of the deaths of 173 people, mostly women and children, was suppressed. One of the fictional characters in the novel is Rupert Laudner, a police officer who responded to the crisis. Through the eyes of Rupert, his family, and his close friend Vicar Towsley, we see how the German attacks on London effected the citizens as a whole and as individuals.
Army nurses handled a phenomenal number of patients in terrible varieties of warfront injuries. Dorothy and her friends exemplify the best of the best medics and nurses, the men they loved, the families they were a world far away from. Waiting for medical supplies and sitting with soldiers who are near death are among the challenges faced. Knitting socks and other items for soldiers seems like a drop in the bucket of needs, but every pair of socks is a pair of feet at the front rather than the hospital or hospital tent. Their selfless service while hoping for word about brothers, fiancés or boyfriends, or other family members could have added to their feelings of isolation were it not for the close friendships between the women.
The characters are defined with care and necessary depth. It is easy at times to read about wars and the various levels of those involved and being able to close the novel and walk away. The author invites us into the lives of her characters, bringing them to life in such a way as to keep them in the reader’s heart long after the final page is read. One thing I appreciated was seeing how Dorothy, raised in the same faith as I was, used the prayers, scriptures, and important things memorized over the years when sitting with her patients. It was a beautiful way to demonstrate how we can live our faith in even the worst of circumstances. Along with Dorothy and Rupert, I like Hank (Henrietta) and their mascot, Eric.
This novel is a must-read for those who appreciate Christian novels about WWII, the nurses who served the military, or Christian women’s fiction. It is realistic in the aspect that the characters face not only the losses of those about them, but their own personal losses. For those who believe in God, they grieve yet go forward, making plans for their futures. I highly recommend Until Then, and plan to read the earlier novels in the series.
From a thankful heart: I won a copy of this ebook from the author; a review was not required.
Kittleson in the past has proven to be an excellent chronicler of the Greatest Generation. Historically accurate and fast moving, her books transport the reader into situations both perilous and heart rending.
Her readers will not be disappointed with her latest work, for she’s brought to life a redoubtable real life heroine, Dottie Wobbeking, a surgical nurse who traveled the breadth of North Africa, the length of both the Italian boot and France with the 11th Evacuation Hospital. Dottie’s exploits, courage and humor will etch her in your memory.
No less stellar is London policeman Rupert E. Laudner. Living and working in the East End, he must deal with an unbearable tragedy not caused by a falling bomb but ugly and unfathomable fate. Adding to his burden, he is charged with keeping the event a secret, even from those closest to him.
This beautiful tale shows how fate and war bend the destinies of these two and bring healing to both.