Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The Way to London: A Novel of World War II Paperback – September 19, 2017
|New from||Used from|
See the Best Books of 2017
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for the best books of the year in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
“A wonderful blend of smart writing, memorable characters, and World War II imagery all centered on the hunger each one of us has to give love and receive it. A great read for not only devotees of period fiction, but anyone who craves a well-told story.” (Susan Meissner, author of A Bridge Across the Ocean)
“THE WAY TO LONDON manages to combine a sense of epic sweep with a intimate look at one woman’s emotional transformation, as the war drives Lucy Stanhope from Singapore to Cornwall to London and finally to the place she belongs. I didn’t want the journey to end!” (Lauren Willig, New York Times bestselling author)
“Rickloff delivers an engrossing novel of a young woman’s coming of age. Like all of Rickloff’s novels, the heart of the story is her characters, their emotional growth and strength, blended with wonderful storytelling, descriptions and dialogue that compel readers to believe they are a part of the action.” (RT Book Reviews)
“Alix Rickloff has penned an entertaining novel…Recommended.” (Historical Novels Review)
“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.” (Chanel Cleeton, author of Next Year in Havana)
About the Author
Alix Rickloff is a critically acclaimed author of historical and paranormal romance. Her previous novels include the Bligh Family series, the Heirs of Kilronan trilogy, and, as Alexa Egan, the Imnada Brotherhood series.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
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 likewise says true gentlemen are rare as hen’s teeth, but she has hope.
I know you think I’m an opportunist at best and a tart at worst and I wish it weren’t that way. But when you only have yourself to count on, you learn to count yourself first.
I seldom read historical fiction but found myself captivated by this richly detailed and lushly appointed narrative. I was quickly drawn in and intrigued by the plot and enigmatic characters. Although I was initially unsure if I was going to be able to enjoy the character of Lucy. Silly me, of course I did!
Lucy’s tale began as the pampered yet ignored, idle rich, adult daughter of an often-married socialite, as she was living the easy party-girl life in Singapore a few days prior to the Pearl Harbor attack. Lucy was not immediately likable as she was brimming with snobbishness and snark, and popped off scathing replies with little or no provocation. She was a take-no-prisoners and self-centered diva and tended to be vicious and venomous when lashing out. My initial impression of Lucy was that of a vapid narcissist as she found talk of the war tiresome and tedious and didn’t want to be bothered. When her dalliance with a local became an embarrassment to her wealthy stepfather, Lucy was packed off to England on a cruise ship that was unfortunately torpedoed, which was only the first mishap of Lucy’s traveling travails.
London was not the original destination of her arduous journey when she departed Singapore, but after an uncomfortable stay with her aunt in the country, London became a tunnel vision life-or-death destination. Lucy picked up a fellow run-away and misfit in a mischievous twelve-year-old street urchin name Bill, who provided endless comic relief with his colorful vocabulary and unique turn of phrase, as well as his penchant for finding trouble. Lucy and the ragamuffin Bill bonded during their escape from the English countryside for London and spent long dusty days en route and uncomfortable nights spent hiding in a rat-infested shed and cramped bomb shelters. Their trek took a circuitous route with many delays, distractions, and life-altering adventures and profound epiphanies along the way.
After, that incident, I thought I would try to be open minded towards Lucy, thinking that she would change for the better. Which, she did but it was a slow change. One that I would and expect. It is not like I expected Lucy to change overnight. Although, I had another problem. It was the rest of the story and the other characters. I found no connection to any of it. Thus it made it made for me to want to stick with this book and continue until the end. Not, that I did as I only made it about half way. I lost my way to London.
Lucy Stanhope is a spoiled debutante living the good, but boring life in Singapore as World War II encroaches upon its shore. Just months before all hell breaks loose, her mother banishes her to England to live with her estranged aunt as punishment for her total disregard for priority and for almost sabotaging her stepfather's business deal. As the ship makes its way to England, however, it's torpedoed, and so begins a journey that will test her inner strength and beliefs ultimately changing her life forever.
>>>>> My Review: <<<<<
This was a lovely journey of self discovery. When we first meet Lucy she is a self indulgent young woman desperate for attention, but who goes about getting it in all the wrong ways--sometimes to the point of recklessness. She's always felt a bit like an outsider, constantly being moved from one place to another and never setting down any roots. With no immediate plans for the future and constantly trying to gain her mother's approval and affections, she tends to act out and do what she wants. While not happy about going to England, she hopes she'll somehow manage to find her place in the world. When a chance encounter with a Hollywood producer suggests he could make her a star, she really think much of the offer. As the idea begins to take root, she sets her sights on being "discovered" as she suspects Hollywood might be her ticket to getting her what she wants. Her mother would no longer be able to deny her existence and maybe, just maybe, be happy to lay claim to her.
Bill is a young boy whom Lucy befriends. Separated from his mother during the evacuation program set up to save London's youth during the worst of London's air raids, Bill is equally ignored and frequently finds himself in trouble. In Bill, Lucy finds a kindred spirit often times seeing bit of herself in him. Right from the start, the two get along swimmingly. Together they decide to venture into the war torn region of London--one in search of his mother, the other for a shot at stardom.
Lucy is more than she first appears. As the story progresses, we watch her grow as an individual and find herself right before our eyes. Instead of trying to do things that will get her mom to notice her, she starts trying to figure out what she wants. She begins to wonder what would make her happy. That's a luxury that until recently she really had no control over. As she makes her way to London with Bill, she loses her prickly disposition and begins to open up to life, love, and all the possibilities that exist..
Overall, I gave this one 4 out of 5 roses. It hooked me at the get-go and kept my attention. I hadn't a clue what to expect with this one, but it was intermittently funny, witty, and serious. I enjoyed the multifaceted characters, and felt as if I'd stepped through a portal back in time. I'm not sure taking a young boy back to London in the middle of a war zone was the wisest of decisions, but I enjoyed the journey and story nevertheless. I'll definitely be reading more books by this author in the near future.