Review of The Way to London by Alex Rickloff
The Way to London by Alix Rickloff pulled me in by its gorgeous cover. That red dress and far away look made me want to know where that character was running off to. Lucy Standhope is spoiled and living a life filled with all the luxuries one can have, which is amazing because she is living during WWII. Lucy is naive enough to believe that she can continue to live her life like she always has and that the war would never touch her. After being caught in a relationship that is not deemed "appropriate" Lucy is exiled to England to stay with her Aunt. Lucy takes her "the war won't touch me attitude" with her to England and continues to behave like people aren't suffering around her. A chance encounter with a young boy named Bill will change her selfish trajectory and send her on a long journey to London to seek the job she thinks will make her future perfect and find Bills Mother in the damaged city of London.
The majority of the story is about Bill and Lucy's long journey to London and the invalided soldier who comes to assist Lucy and Bill get to London safely. Lucy's character became a bit exhausting at times because I just wanted to shake her and tell her to open her eyes and see all of the destruction and sadness surrounding her. Thankfully as the story continues you see growth in Lucy's character from selfish socialite to impromptu mother and friend.
Lucy's journey to London will be a journey she never expected and one that will end with her needing to make decisions that will affect the rest of her life.
I recommend this book for historical fiction readers who are looking for a lighter and easy story to read. This story is placed during WWII but is a much lighter nature than other WWII books. I enjoyed the lightness of the book especially since the last few books I have read were dense literary fiction. Plus you will fall in love with one of the characters she meets along the way.
Overall Rating - 3/5 Stars
Thank you to William Morrow Paperbacks for generously supplying me with a review copy of The Way to London by Alix Rickloff . I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
The Way to London by Alix Rickloff
Paperback: 384 pages
Release Date: September 19, 2017
Publisher: William Morrow PaperbacksISBN-10: 0062433202