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I wish the characters of the two brothers had been fleshed out a littleI think that might make the ending feelresolved and help us see and understand their motivations It felt to me like the author was hinting at things but never came through with them Otherwise, it was a good book, and very compelling. Blue Skies and Gunfire is a sweet book that was enjoyable to read if a little slow moving Josie is a budding artist sent away to her Aunt in the countryside to escape the war, and there she falls in love twice Josie meets two brothers, Jumbo, a kind, warm, cheerful soul who lost a leg in a motorcycle accident, and Chris, a fighter pilot and a ladies man Josie at first thinks that Jumbo is the one, but when she meets his brother, her heart is torn and she must choose The story is set during W Blue Skies and Gunfire is a sweet book that was enjoyable to read if a little slow moving Josie is a budding artist sent away to her Aunt in the countryside to escape the war, and there she falls in love twice Josie meets two brothers, Jumbo, a kind, warm, cheerful soul who lost a leg in a motorcycle accident, and Chris, a fighter pilot and a ladies man Josie at first thinks that Jumbo is the one, but when she meets his brother, her heart is torn and she must choose The story is set during World War 2 and mainly focuses on the RAF side of things which makes a change, because most books set in this time are either about the Blitz or the Holocaust of course these are very interesting topics too, and sad so it was nice to have something fresh and I learnt a littleabout being a pilot in WWII I felt that to criticise this book would be a bit cruel because it is a lovely book and I feel it wasn t made for reviews and critique, but I have to say that the actual love story, in my opinion, was a little bland Josie, although lovely wasn t very relatable and she fell in love far too easily She always said how her mother was strong and taught her to be wary of boys and their ways and I felt she mustn t have taken any of that on board Maybe the author was trying to show how powerful love is However the history is fabulous I love history as a subject and those bits, when the author spoke about the planes and the bombs and the worries that the people faced it was excellent This book sparked my interest at the library as a slightly romantic historic fiction bookIt met most of my requirements, quite short yet engaging, but I felt that there was something missing the ending I really got into this at the start with the descriptions of the people around Josie and the setting but at the end, the story didn t really conclude 17 year old Jumbo, a happy go lucky, optimistic young man who doesn t let his disability interrupt his life this is the perfect descript This book sparked my interest at the library as a slightly romantic historic fiction bookIt met most of my requirements, quite short yet engaging, but I felt that there was something missing the ending I really got into this at the start with the descriptions of the people around Josie and the setting but at the end, the story didn t really conclude 17 year old Jumbo, a happy go lucky, optimistic young man who doesn t let his disability interrupt his life this is the perfect description of the likable Jumbo who I felt sorry for after Josie left him The only thing I didn t really like about him was his attitudes to war, but that was typical of the time.Josie was sweet, if slightly annoying I could understand her most of the times and she was quite relatable The other characters helped the book slightly but could have been developed Overall, a nice quick read but I m not sure I d recommend it to many people I am plesantly surprised to find this obscure asset The book is set against the backdrop of the second world war in England where people diced with life and death every day But there is nothing graphic in the descriptions which gave away much impact This is a wonderful story of love, passion and tragedy, which compelled me to chew off my nails in anticipation and frustration The ending is esoteric and ambiguous, probably fitting for such a bitter sweet story I found myself torn between the I am plesantly surprised to find this obscure asset The book is set against the backdrop of the second world war in England where people diced with life and death every day But there is nothing graphic in the descriptions which gave away much impact This is a wonderful story of love, passion and tragedy, which compelled me to chew off my nails in anticipation and frustration The ending is esoteric and ambiguous, probably fitting for such a bitter sweet story I found myself torn between the brothers as the protagonist Josie was But there is a sense of impending cicatrix as I felt the basic plot outline had so muchpotential, and the readers could enjoy a obsessing long book [ FREE BOOK ] ♝ Blue Skies and Gunfire ♠ 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 deathBut 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 and dangerousSet 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 Of all her many books, this is Peyton s first to be set during WWII and brings back memories of The Edge of the Cloud It is also reminiscent of an old favorite of mine, The Distant Summer by Sarah Patterson Here, a young and immature heroine is torn by her love for two brothers yes, you ve heard that before If there were a prize for best depiction of incoherent yearning, Peyton would have won many times over However, she they are equally skilled at describing the contrast between a picnic Of all her many books, this is Peyton s first to be set during WWII and brings back memories of The Edge of the Cloud It is also reminiscent of an old favorite of mine, The Distant Summer by Sarah Patterson Here, a young and immature heroine is torn by her love for two brothers yes, you ve heard that before If there were a prize for best depiction of incoherent yearning, Peyton would have won many times over However, she they are equally skilled at describing the contrast between a picnic on a bright summer day and the RAF airfield a mile away and how these worlds converge when a German plane crashes in civilian fields or when British pilots daily set off on missions they may never return from Oh my goodness I just finished this book and all I can say is wow When I began this book I didn t like it at all Honestly, I thought it was too slow moving, pathetic, and painfully boring About half way through it was tolerable, and I could read it at least a little bit for pleasure it was for my history class Once I started getting into it though I was reading nonstop It takes so many twists and turns I didn t know what to expect, and it kept me up late reading to find out what happ Oh my goodness I just finished this book and all I can say is wow When I began this book I didn t like it at all Honestly, I thought it was too slow moving, pathetic, and painfully boring About half way through it was tolerable, and I could read it at least a little bit for pleasure it was for my history class Once I started getting into it though I was reading nonstop It takes so many twists and turns I didn t know what to expect, and it kept me up late reading to find out what happened By the end it had my heart racing and I couldn t put it down This book had one of the best endings I ve ever read, and I would definitely recommend this book Even though the beginning takes some getting into, it s well worth you while 3.5stars Bittersweet Been a while since I read a new book by this author since not many see US editions these days This was a British ed that turned up in our library system K.M Peyton certainly retains her their ability to write male characters with realism and feeling Many of the same themes are explored here as in her Flambards books young love, flying, country life, changing roles for women only here the setting is early WWII instead of WWI May have to break down and buyb 3.5stars Bittersweet Been a while since I read a new book by this author since not many see US editions these days This was a British ed that turned up in our library system K.M Peyton certainly retains her their ability to write male characters with realism and feeling Many of the same themes are explored here as in her Flambards books young love, flying, country life, changing roles for women only here the setting is early WWII instead of WWI May have to break down and buybooks from UK A very easy and enjoyable enough read, though for me personally it lacked any real depth It seemed to me like a quick succession of events which were almost listed off, which was a shame because the basic plot outline could have had so muchpotential. I thoroughly enjoyed this story of young passion in a time of war, how the urgency of those adolescent feelings play out in a time of extremes.