Singapore in 1941. Spoiled, socialite Lucy Stanhope throws
the newspaper down in disgust. The news is filled with
bombings, sinkings, and battles. So distressing! Better to
think about a cold drink and what to wear to Raffles
tonight. Which of the many handsome officers from the batch
of new arrivals would she dance and flirt with and later
make love? Her mother, Lady Amelia Fortescue and her
lecherous step-father (number three), are entertaining
Hollywood producer Mason Oliver. Oliver is returning to
California to make another film and he gives Lucy his card
saying, "Call me and I will make you a star."
How fortunate she has found Yoon Hai, the wealthy Chinese,
ever dutiful son and heir to a huge rubber plant in Penang
and backer in her step-fathers proposed financial
enterprise. They have been meeting secretly for months but
it is difficult to hide their affair from so many watchful
people. It's exciting, but so very tricky.
Spending the afternoon at the Singapore Swimming Club, Lucy
is drinking gin rickeys when an errant beach ball splashes
her drink on her new bathing suit, ending under her lounge
chair. A smiling fresh faced hunk, looking like he just
stepped off the pages of a magazine, asks, "Are you ok?"
He introduces himself as Corp. Michael McKeegan. Their
banter is explosive and so is their attraction!
When her relationship with Hoon Hai is discovered, her step
father sends her off to England on a ship that is torpedoed.
She meets Michael aboard the ship and once again their
attraction sizzles. Michael is sweet, funny, and perfect!
It is impossible not to fall in love with him. He tells
Lucy of his hopes and dreams for a cottage in the English
countryside. Lucy tells him of hers to be a star in
Hollywood. Their journey along with Bill, the 12-year-old
delight that wants to return to his mother, who was
separated from him when the bombings in London began, is
Alix Rickloff is now my favorite author of historical
fiction. THE WAY TO LONDON tops my list of 2017 favorites
and I eagerly await more from this very gifted novelist.
Lucy is a heroine who grows on you, as she grows to learn
what love is and what will make her life happy. Bill and
Lucy are kindred spirits that will touch your hearts, as
they make you laugh and cry. For me, the happy ending for
Michael and Lucy is the icing on the cake in a book that is
pure joy. It sits on my shelf of precious books to be re-
read. I loved it and so will you. Five stars, Ms. Rickloff!
From the author of Secrets of Nanreath Hall comes
this gripping, beautifully written historical fiction novel
set during World War IIóthe unforgettable story of a young
woman who must leave Singapore and forge a new life in England.
On the eve of Pearl Harbor, impetuous and overindulged, Lucy
Stanhope, the granddaughter of an earl, is living a life of
pampered luxury in Singapore until one reckless act will
change her life forever.
Exiled to England to stay with an aunt she barely remembers,
Lucy never dreamed that she would be one of the last people
to escape Singapore before war engulfs the entire island,
and that her parents would disappear in the devastating
aftermath. Now grief stricken and all alone, she must cope
with the realities of a grim, battle-weary England.
Then she meets Bill, a young evacuee sent to the country to
escape the Blitz, and in a moment of weakness, Lucy agrees
to help him find his mother in London. The unlikely runaways
take off on a seemingly simple journey across the country,
but her world becomes even more complicated when she is
reunited with an invalided soldier she knew in Singapore.
Now Lucy will be forced to finally confront the choices she
has made if she ever hopes to have the future she yearns for.