Book Review: Moonlight and Ashes by Rosie Goodwin

Genre: Historical Saga

Publication Date: 28 June, 2021

Publisher: Headline

Book Blurb

Despite being trapped in an abusive marriage, Maggie still feels blessed with her eight-year-old twins, Danny and Lizzie, and baby girl, Lucy. But when the Second World War begins it seems that her blessings may have run out.

Although the war lets her escape her husband when he’s sent to the front, she must also lose the twins, as they’re evacuated to North Wales. Lizzie seems to be in the perfect family, while Danny is left with a man who seems to resent his presence. But appearances can be deceptive, and while Maggie struggles to survive the bombings at home, her children face danger of a different kind.

Book Review

Moonlight and Ashes by Rosie Goodwin

I must confess, Rosie had my full attention with this particular book. From the first pages to the last pages, I was hooked to the plot.

Maggie, Danny, Lizzie, Eric, Soho Gus and Sparky were loveable characters I watched out for.

Of course, the effects of war on people leaves them traumatized and clinging to hope of being alive. From the themes in the book, love and life won against all odds.

I could relate with Maggie and Jo when they had to make hard decisions for their lives.

Overall, this book is a fantastic read but grab some tissues because you will definitely get emotional at some scenes.

I voluntarily reviewed this book. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the Author

Rosie Goodwin’s first book, The Bad Apple, was published in 2004 by Headline. Since then she has gone on to write many more classic and contemporary sagas. She is also the first author in the world to be allowed to follow three of Catherine Cookson’s trilogies with her own sequels. Before becoming a published author, Rosie worked in Social Services. She is now amongst the top 100 most borrowed UK authors and her books regularly appear in the Heetseekers charts. Rosie has children and lives in Warwickshire with her husband and her four Shihtzu’s.


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