Difficult times have a way of bringing people together.
Today, we are thrilled to be the stop on the Blog Tour for Beyond This Broken Sky by Siobhan Curham.
Beyond This Broken Sky is an engaging and emotional story about a wealthy woman and a pacifist man who deeply connect while volunteering as an ambulance crew during WWII.
Title: Beyond This Broken Sky by Siobhan Curham.
Publisher: Bookouture (April 20, 2021)
Print Lenght: 316 pages
1940, London: An unforgettable novel about the strength of the human spirit in the face of war and the remarkable women who put themselves in danger on the front lines during the Battle of Britain.
As a volunteer for the ambulance service, Ruby has the dangerous task of driving along pitch-dark roads during the blackout. With each survivor she pulls from the rubble, she is helping to fight back against the enemy bombers, who leave nothing but destruction in their wake.
Assigned to her crew is Joseph, who is unable to fight but will stop at nothing to save innocent lives. Because he is not in uniform, people treat him with suspicion and Ruby becomes determined to protect this brave, compassionate man who has rescued so many, and captured her heart. Even if it means making an unthinkable choice between saving her own life and risking everything for his…
2019: Recently divorced Edi feels lost and alone when she moves to London to start a new life. Until she makes a discovery, hidden beneath a loose floorboard in her attic, that reveals a secret about the people who lived there in the 1940s. As she gradually uncovers a wartime love story full of danger and betrayal, Edi becomes inspired by the heroism of one incredible woman and the legacy that can be left behind by a single act of courage…
A sweeping tale of bravery and self-sacrifice that shows that even in the midst of war, hope and love can bloom. Perfect for fans of The Alice Network, The Secret Messenger and The Lost Girls of Paris.
From the Publisher’s Blurb
Ruby had a bright personality, and the world was her oyster. Joseph was a conscientious objector, a man who refused to enlist in the army for not believing in violence, especially after seeing war destroy his father and kill his brother.
Ruby thought Joseph was a prim coward, and he thought her empty-headed and vain. Slowly, as they worked together driving an ambulance through the bombarded streets of London, they got to know each other and realize their first impressions were way off the mark.
I love the contrast between Ruby’s light and Joseph’s darkness. How good they were together and how they improved when they reached a middle ground.
The portrait of the war was very immersive. I was carried away to the streets of London, to the shelters, the noise, and the despair.
There is a dual-time plot and, although I usually don’t care much for those, I really enjoyed how the author tied past and present in this one.
This is my first book by this author, but it will not be the last. I enjoyed her writing style and how the narrative flowed.
Beyond This Broken Sky is an exciting, emotional, and passional story.
Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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About the Author
Siobhan Curham is an award-winning author, editor and writing coach. Her first novel for young adults, Dear Dylan, won the Young Minds Book Award and her YA novel, Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow, was nominated for the 2019 Carnegie Medal, won the Warwickshire Schools Book Award and the Highly Commended Southern Schools Book Award and was shortlisted for the Lancashire Book of the Year Award, the James Reckitt Hull Award, and the prestigious Les Incos Book Award in France.