Dancing in the moonlight
Dancing in the Moonlight by Rita Bradshaw.
Post by Sandra Taylor.
This very realistic story is set in England during the depression years
and the lead up to the second world war and its aftermath. It does seem
to be historical fiction at its best but is also raw and gritty. It does not spare
the gruesome details of criminal activity or the horrors of the
war years with the bombing of civilian towns.
It is also a beautiful story of a romance between two of the main characters,
Lucy, (who attempts to bring up her younger siblings to spare them the iniquities of
the orphanages and work houses as she understood them to be at the time from the
stories she had heard about these places from her own parents) and also Jacob, whom
she has known all of her life.
Sadness, poverty and heartbreak seem to be her lot in life until her life turns around
when she marries a fishmonger, a widower who also takes in her siblings at a time when
they were at near starvation level. The story has many turns and twists and her marriage
to the fishmonger is only one of the compelling pieces in this amazing saga of a tale of
love between Lucy and Jacob.
This book is highly recommended as it gives so many details of life in England amongst the
working classes during the depression years. It is extraordinary the way the author has brought
her characters to life with fascinating accents and dialogue.