The Whispers of War
Booklist Reviews 2019 December #1
Kelly's latest outing (after The Light Over London, 2019) movingly depicts the importance of female friendship in wartime. In 1939, school friends Marie, Hazel, and Nora are living and working in London as World War II looms, each with her own set of concerns. German-born Marie is alarmed by increasingly vocal calls for the internment of Germans living in Britain; Hazel, who works as a matchmaker, is skilled at her profession but increasingly unhappy in her own marriage; and Nora, a secretary for the Home Office, is frustrated by her male superiors' refusal to allow her to play a more significant role in the war effort. These plotlines all converge as it soon becomes clear that Marie's freedom is in jeopardy—and she will need her friends to help her evade internment. Rich with historical detail and anchored by an utterly convincing friendship at its heart, this should find a wide audience among historical-fiction fans, book clubs, and readers who enjoy stories of the important roles women play in one another's lives. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.