A Fire Sparkling by Julianne Maclean is a story within a story: It begins with 35 year old Gillian fleeing to her grandmothers home in Connecticut after finding her boyfriend cheating. Upon arrival she finds her father having stumbled upon life changing photos – could the nazi soldier in the picture really be his father? Nothing to do but pin down her 96 yr old grandmother and gently demand the truth. The story that unfolds, that of two sisters surviving WWII London, is nothing she could have ever expected.
I have to admit some of the story line was predictable, but there were still enough unexpected twists and turned to keep me engaged, turning page after page to learn what happens next. There is also a definite ‘romance’ theme throughout the book, but as someone who typically avoids standard romance novels, I found this pertinent to the story and not so heavy it turned me off.
I began reading this book expecting what has become the typical WWII novel, but was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed this story and recommend for anyone looking for a WWII novel with a slightly different point of view.