Published by Universe at Unicorn Publishing July 2020.
‘Eddie’s eyes returned to the front but not before they’d caught a bright flicker. The sun glinting on his wing? He knew better than that. The flicker grew into a flame which he could see without moving his head. It hurt to move his head and anyway at last he could see the coast ahead. The end to another perfect summer’s day. Both shoreline and water were burnished by the lowering sun. They merged into a mysterious, vibrating, possibly unobtainable line.
No! No! It was the wrong coast. ‘Get out, Eddie!’
If he was a bird, he’d land on the water, fold his wings and rock gently on the waves.
‘Jump out, now!’ Who was shouting at him?
Eva’s pale oval face stared at him with dark luminous eyes.’
Occasionally panoramic, more often intimate, Clouds of Love and War balances a detailed and highly researched picture of the life of an RAF Spitfire pilot with the travails and ambitions of a young woman too often on her own. The result is both a gripping story of war and a sensitive story of love, a love that struggles to survive.
Through the connecting stories of these young people and their wider families, and against a background of southern county airfields, London, Oxford, Dorset and France, Rachel brings the world of war time England, now eighty years in the past, back to life.
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Publishing on Kindle 4th February 2021
What is it about Jane Austen and lockdown? So many people of all ages and background have picked up one of her books over the last year and enjoyed her wonderfully sharp, romantic world for the first – or the twenty-fifth time. The films, based on her books whether accurately or in a modern homage are just as popular. Is it the style of period, those delicious high waisted dresses, worn with pelisse and bonnet? Or the ringlets? Or the formal males in black, plus a few peacocks in shimmering brocade? Or is it that during the Regency period wars were fought all over the world, in the background, and that society cared deeply about money and class, in the foreground? Certainly, money is just as popular…
At any rate Lume Books decided it was a good time to reissue my sequel to Austen’s novel ‘Emma’. Our heroine has married the famous Mr. Knightley, perfect happiness is predicted. Any state of mind less likely between the head-strong, spoiled child and the school-masterly, much older husband would be hard to find. Definitely the basis for a new story. So I thought in 1995 and so I think even more now.