Published by Severn House Publishers on October 1st 2016
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A young couple are forced to part at the onset of war but dream of being reunited one day. " " August, 1939. "When it becomes clear that war is about to break out with Germany, twin sisters Dilys and Una Singleby are forced to leave their studies in Munich and return home to England. Heartbroken at being parted, Dilys and her Norwegian student boyfriend, Kristoffer, vow to be reunited as soon as it s possible. However, as the months pass, a series of misunderstandings and misguided actions keep the lovers apart. When she discovers she s pregnant, Dilys, unable to contact Kristoffer, is driven to desperate measures to ensure that she can keep her baby and avoid bringing disgrace to her family. Kristoffer meanwhile joins the Resistance and faces dangerous times ahead. It seems as though the pair are destined never to meet again can true love find a way?
¬¬Reviewed by AnnMarie¬¬
Live The Dream: A World War 2 Romance, is a stand alone book by author Claire Lorrimer. I haven’t read any books by this author previously, so this was my first, but definitely won’t be my last.
This story revolves around Dilys Singleby. She is one of twins, and the story begins with them studying in Munich just before the outbreak of WW2. The sisters had been having a wonderful time, and Dilys had even fallen in love.
Kristoffer is slightly older than Dilys, but as soon as they met, it was love at first sight. They have spent a lot of time enjoying each other’s company. With the threat of war, and with her father saying that the twins should return to England, Dilys and Kris decide to show each other in the best way possible their undying love, they make love. Kris also gives Dilys a ring, which she wears around her neck on a chain. They both know she is too young to be engaged, but it’s a show of commitment on Kris’ behalf, as they both know they are destined to one day be married and have children together.
Sadly when Dilys goes back to her house after such a lovely interlude with Kris, things start to go awry. Her father is there and he demands that Dilys, and her sister Una go back to England immediately. Dilys has no time to do more than scribble a quick note to Kris and gives it to her maid to give to him. In it she tells him about her father being there and them having to go back to England. She tells him she will always love him and that he must keep in touch with her until they can be together in person again. Unfortunately she didn’t think to write her English address for him. When she realised that though, she wasn’t too concerned because she knew he could ask her father the address, or at least get a letter sent to her via him.
Well that’s where things start to go really badly. Her father reads the letter that Kris wants him to deliver, and when he sees how serious things have got between his young daughter and this man, he disposes of the letter. When Dilys doesn’t hear from him she starts to wonder if he really loved her, and the same goes for Kris when he doesn’t have a reply to the letter that he doesn’t know didn’t get to her. Regardless of how the other person might feel, both Kris and Dilys are still hopelessly in love with each other, and don’t want to even contemplate being with anybody else.
The book continues on over the years of the war, with every opportunity for our young lovers to be in contact again being scuppered by one well meaning family member or another. Even when Dilys finds out she is pregnant and her father is willing to find Kris and have him marry her, it’s then Kris’ family that puts a stop to the possibility of Kris even finding out he is a father. Life goes on for our star crossed lovers, Kris joins the army, and Dilys goes on to have her baby, but they never stop loving each other. Will the fates finally be kind to them and bring them back together, and if they do, will it be too late for them?
I absolutely adored this book. I loved that it was set in war time, and that there was espionage going on alongside the romance of the story. The suspense of that and worrying about Kris getting killed kept me reading well into the night to make sure that he was going to be OK and that him and Dilys still had a chance of getting together again. Una and Dilys are such close sisters, as twins should be, and I was really touched by some of the scenes where they were there for each other, and how wonderful Una was when Dilys realised she was pregnant, how she helped her conceal the pregnancy until they could work out a way to tell her parents. Oh and what a scene that was. I can’t recommend this book enough, it really is one of the best I have read in a long time and it’s one I am sure to definitely read again.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.