The Secret Notebook by Julia Wild

A page-turning, emotional WW2 novel for fans of Barbara Taylor Bradford, Lucinda Riley and Kathryn Hughes

A view to the past…

When Izzie Dean’s beloved nan, Molly Blackshaw, passes away, Izzie returns to the Blackpool bungalow where she grew up, to say goodbye once and for all. When Izzie’s homecoming reunites her with her first love, Justin Swift, every emotion that Izzie has repressed since the day he broke her heart comes rushing to the surface. But then an unexpected discovery changes everything.

Between the pages of the battered secret diary Molly kept during WWII, Izzie discovers a story of love, heartbreak, and the incomparable hardship of life in a world at war. Reading her grandmother’s words soon puts her own story into perspective, and suddenly Izzie realises that the only thing holding her back from happiness, might be herself. Now she just has to convince Justin that they deserve a second chance at forever…

My Review:

This is a gorgeous book, which goes back and forth between the past and the present. Izzie arrives at her grandmother’s bungalow, to clear it out after she dies, and finds the notebook, which contains Molly’s story.

I loved both aspects of this story. Molly’s account of her time during the war, her romance and what happens next, was a particular favourite part of the book for me, but Izzie has her own story too, and her own past to deal with, and the two blend together perfectly.

I loved the setting of Blackpool, a place I have visited many times, and I found it easy to picture the area where it all takes place.

A beautiful and heart-warming story, I found it a real pleasure to read, and I enjoyed it so much.

My Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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