9 Mar 2015

Book Review / Just One More Day by Jessica Blair

When Britain declares war on Germany in 1939, Carolyn Maddison is still a schoolgirl. Her elder brother Alastair wastes no time in joining the RAF as a flying officer, and Carolyn decides that when she is eighteen she will follow him into the service by joining the Women's Auxiliary Air Force.

While reporting to the Air Ministry in London she meets a good-looking, charismatic pilot, Charlie Wade, currently employed in propaganda work. He believes that with her calm demeanor and resilience, Carolyn should work as an Intelligence officer, and suggests she serve on an active bombing station. At her side throughout the courses and postings that follow is Lucy Gaston, naturally quick-witted and sparky, a perfect foil for her friend.

The young WAAFs both obtain prestigious postings in 5 Group Bomber Command, where they perform the vital tasks of briefing and debriefing aircrew returning from operations over Germany. Lucy, an incorrigible optimist, falls head over heels for a member of a Lancaster bomber crew while Carolyn resists her feelings for its dashing pilot. She decides it's not worth the risk of loving a man in wartime. . . only to wonder if she has done the right thing when a new WAAF on the station sets her cap at him.

For Lucy and Carolyn, life on a WWII bombing station brings drama, heartbreak and suspense in this touching love story.

Published:     1st April 2015
Publisher:  Piatkus
Author Website:  Click here
Goodreads :  Click here
Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand-Alone

Source:  Review Copy from Publisher

My Review 

What I loved the most....

 It takes a good book to draw you in to the story and make you care about the characters in it.  It takes a fantastic book to do those first two things but also to hold you right there in the story and never let you go until the very last page, to make a reader who would not normally pick up this style of book and completely convert them to the point where she has to read more.   This is one of those books for me.  I don't normally pick up 'war stories', whether that is following the action or following the people who are living alongside the action.  I liked the sound of the description and thought I would give it a go.  Little did I know that I just did not want to put this down right until the very end.  

What I liked them most (apart from everything!) is following Carolyn from seeing her in her hometown with her family to where she ends up at a bommer command centre.  I loved the description of places, people and places etc.  For me it was the description that put me completely in the era of the story and into the minds of the characters.  

Absolutely loved this book.  Even if you haven't read something like this before but think the description sounds good, give it a try you might be very pleasantly surprised like I was!

About the Author
(from Author Website, link above)

My real name is Bill Spence. Jessica Blair came into being when my publisher, Piatkus, accepted my first historical saga and declared that, for various reasons, they would prefer to publish it under a female name and they suggested Jessica Blair.

I was born in Middlesbrough in 1923. I trained as a teacher but never followed the profession as war intervened. I served in the RAF as a bomb aimer doing thirty-six operational flights in Lancasters of 44 (Rhodesia) Squadron Bomber Command. After the war I was sent to Rhodesia by the RAF.
It was on the voyage to Durban that I wrote my first short story and was bitten by the writing bug. On return to England I wrote articles for newspapers and magazines and fulfilled my desire to write a novel by using some war time experiences as background.

My second book was a Western and 36 were published between 1960 and 1993. During that time two more war novels and a romance appeared in print. Along with my wife, Joan, I wrote three books dealing with aspects of Yorkshire. I started a review column in the Yorkshire Gazette and Herald and that is now in its fiftieth year.

Visits to Whitby, on the Yorkshire coast, sparked off an interest in whaling and ten years intermittent research into the subject resulted in the publication of an illustrated history. It was from this study that the Jessica Blair novels arose. The first of these appeared in 1992 and a new phase in my writing career began.

There have been twenty-five Jessica Blair novels published to date (February 2015) One more is with my publisher, Piatkus, an imprint of the Little Brown Book Group. All Jessica Blair novels are available in hardback, paperback, ebook, audio download, and Large Print.

Writing was a part-time occupation until 1977 when, with the full support of my wife, Joan, it became full-time. Throughout my whole writing career I have had her, and my four children's, unstinting support, advice, and inspiration.

I moved into the computing age very early on when I purchased a word processor which had everyone amazed at the ability to manoeuvre words, sentences, paragraphs and whole pages at will. Since then I have updated the equipment three times in order to keep abreast of the wider facilities for authors offered in the modern world of computing. That equipment came with me when I moved to a family home in the village of Ampleforth on the death of my wife in 1999. The purchase of an iPad has added versatility to the use of my computer in furthering my writing career.

Though much of my writing life revolves around the computer I realise it is essential for a writer to keep personal contact with people. As part of this I attend the meetings of the Northern Branch of the Romantic Novelists' Association near Harrogate once a month when we catch up on what we are all doing, exchange ideas, meet new authors and share the exchanges over a pleasant meal.

I was nominated for the Romantic Novel of the Year 2014 and had to attend a prestigious ceremony in London. Even though I did not win the outright prize my publisher, Piatkus, did me proud and the nomination brought me lots of publicity. That made it a superb addition to the publicity I received in 2013 when the media took up the fact that a writer of Romantic novels, published by Piatkus, is a ninety year old man who served as a Bomb Aimer in Lancasters during the Second World War.
Publicity appeared all over the world and I was interviewed via Skype for American TV via Atlanta Georgia.