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As I like a little bit of steam in my romance, I was hoping for a touch more in that department, but Ascroft's sweetness, keeps the book accessible for young teens who want to read about WWII romance. I also found it fun to hear the characters use different slang than I'm used to, as well as "English" spellings for many of the words. Love those differences, very enlightening.
The plots moved quickly with nice character development, but did not get bogged down in literary description or deep character growth. This would be a great read on the beach, but equally good, curled up by a fire with a cup of tea.
By Dianne Ashcroft
Disclaimer: I was fortunate to be given a copy of this book through The Book Club on Facebook in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.
The Yankee Years is a series of interconnecting short stories set in Northern Ireland during the years of World War 2. It begins in 1941 where the residents of Irvinestone, County Fermagh have new neighbours in their midst due to the construction of an American military base on their doorstep. Ruth Corey is a young woman who lives and works at her parents’ B & B, the home for several young American and Irish gentlemen whilst doing their jobs within the war effort. Ruth is “stepping out” with an Irish journalist Harry, a very ambitious young man who is eager to further his career. She also develops a friendship with a New Yorker, Frank, who is a young engineer employed in the construction of the base for flying ships.
The story unfolds around the growing relationships within the town, some of them uneasy, some romantic, some business, and some new friendships. Ruth is a strong minded young lady with a keen moral compass and an intuition that can lead her into trouble. I found her to be a woman of her time, in terms of being conscious how she must behave within her courtship, and yet also a woman ahead of her time. She really feels and knows that she could be doing something more worthwhile for the war effort, and she also knows her own mind when she sees someone close to her behaving incorrectly. She will not protect someone who may be deemed to be a traitor.
I found the stories easy to read and the characters to be believable. Dianne Ashcroft seems to get a balance between the seriousness of the war situation for Great Britain and the USA, and the everyday lives of the people of Irvinestone. The importance of work, politics, rations, the black market and also dances, romance and fun. The first two books focus on Ruth and Frank, and then book 3 has Pearl Grainger as the main character. The storyline from the first books continues as Pearl, a farmer’s daughter, finds her life intertwining with Ruth’s…..but I will say no more as I don’t wish to give spoilers away.
A light, easy read which can be broken into short chapters – great for those of us suffering insomnia/painsomnia! I enjoyed this and give it 4 stars – I have already purchased the next book in the series which must be a good endorsement!
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With believable characters I would recommend this book for readers of this genre
After the Allied troops arrived in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland during the Second World War, life in the quiet, rural county would...Read more