When Josie is evacuated to her aunt and uncle's farm in Essex, she meets and falls in love with seventeen year old Jumbo, a happy-go-lucky optimistic young man who doesn't let his disability interrupt a life full of fun.
Their relationship takes off, despite the difficulties of the war, which interrupts their idyll from time to time with stories of tragedy and death.
But when Josie meets Chris, Jumbo's heroic fighter pilot brother, she experiences feelings that are out of control and dangerous; is this what real love feels like?
She is torn between the two young men - one who is steady and loving, the other wayward and challenging.
Yet it may not be her choice to make, as the German attack on England becomes more and more dangerous...Set against the backdrop of the second world war, where people diced with life and death every day, this is a wonderfully moving story of love, passion and tragedy.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
- Publication Date: 03/01/2008
- Category: General
- ISBN: 9781862301573
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Review by DeltaQueen50
Blue Skies and Gunfire by K.M. Peyton is the story of a young, immature girl who is torn between loving two brothers which results in sadness and tragedy for all. Set against the backdrop of WW II in the summer of 1940, sixteen year old Josie is sent to her aunts in the country as the Germans are bombing London prior to their expected invasion. At first not pleased to be sent away, Josie soon meets a posh young man and embarks on a summer romance. When his dashing, older brother, pilot Chris turns up, Josie falls for him completely, breaking the heart of his younger brother.Of course these three are living in wartime, and war has a way of taking over and controlling the destiny of everyone. This YA story with it’s earnest young love and adolescent yearnings coming up against the hard facts of life was a compelling story. I would have liked to have seen the characters a little more fleshed out, particular the two brothers as their relationship was supposed to be a close one, but had it’s share of secrets and guilt. My other concern was with the ending. I felt the way the author concluded the story left too much uncertainty for the future happiness of these characters.These concerns aside, I enjoyed this book that contrasted the carefree feelings of adolescents discovering love for the first time with the daily terror people were living at that time with dogfights above them and bombs crashing down around them,