Oh my, Natasha Lester knows how to write amazing stories.
Before you start reading, google Lee Miller Hitler bathtub for a bit of an idea of what kind of woman our leading lady, Jess May is inspired by.
I just started singing Pop Musik by M as I was writing this, as our story takes us from New York and all across Europe during the last couple of years of WW2.
I was drawn right into this story, and swept away with Jess and the other female war correspondents, who tackled not only war, but misogyny and sexism every day.
She caught the beauty of war, along with the pain and suffering and horrors - I found myself googling people and places as I was reading, as I needed to get more of a visual of the places she was writing about.
Told both in the 2000s and during the war, it was wonderful to see the links form and get uncovered between The Photographer of today and of the amazing people surviving the atrocities.
I couldn't help but turn each page to find out where she was next, what she was capturing, what emotion I was going to feel next.
This story has also made me interested about reading more of the ladies like Martha Gellhorn, Lee Miller and their ilk.
Wow Natasha what can I say. You have done it again, a fantastic read. You have successfully woven your story around three generations, drawing on people and events that really happened but adding your own fictional stories as well. I could really see, hear and feel the events during WW11 that you were describing and telling us about. The ending took me by surprise but it concluded the story in a fantastic way. Have the tissues ready. I purchased this novel from a book retailer so it could join Natasha’s other novels in my collection