Title: If I Were You
Author: Lynn Austin
Publishing Date: June 2, 2020
Pages: 464 Pages
About the Book:
From bestselling and eight-time Christy Award-winning author Lynn Austin comes a remarkable novel of sisterhood and self-discovery set against the backdrop of WWII.
1950. In the wake of the war, Audrey Clarkson leaves her manor house in England for a fresh start in America with her young son. As a widowed war bride, Audrey needs the support of her American in-laws, whom she has never met. But she arrives to find that her longtime friend Eve Dawson has been impersonating her for the past four years. Unraveling this deception will force Audrey and Eve’s secrets–and the complicated history of their friendship–to the surface.
1940. Eve and Audrey have been as different as two friends can be since the day they met at Wellingford Hall, where Eve’s mother served as a lady’s maid for Audrey’s mother. As young women, those differences become a polarizing force . . . until a greater threat–Nazi invasion–reunites them. With London facing relentless bombardment, Audrey and Eve join the fight as ambulance drivers, battling constant danger together. An American stationed in England brings dreams of a brighter future for Audrey, and the collapse of the class system gives Eve hope for a future with Audrey’s brother. But in the wake of devastating loss, both women must make life-altering decisions that will set in motion a web of lies and push them both to the breaking point long after the last bomb has fallen.
This sweeping story transports readers to one of the most challenging eras of history to explore the deep, abiding power of faith and friendship to overcome more than we ever thought possible
This book will hands down be added to my favorite reads this year! WOW. I was quickly sucked in and couldn’t put it down. I’ve been in a big reading slump lately but I had no problem keeping this one in my hands. Even though I like reading WWII fiction in general, I liked that this one was different. The cast of characters gave the story a Downton Abbey meets WWII vibe and I ate that up. I liked that the ending of this story was hidden. I genuinely didn’t know how things were going to work out for Eve and Audrey, and it kept me turning the pages to find out. I highly recommend this one!
*I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.