Friday, February 25, 2011
Coventry by Helen Humphreys
Harriet Marsh is standing on top of Coventry Cathedral, filling in for a neighbor in the nightly fire watch on November 14, 1940, when the town is attacked by German planes. During the chaos that follows the bombing, Harriet befriends Jeremy, a young man who reminds Harriet of her late husband, Owen, who was killed in World War I. Jeremy turns out to be the son of Maeve, a woman Harriet met on the day Owen left for the war in 1914. It is a short novel (177 pages), and while it portrays the terrible night that Coventry was destroyed, the character development was a bit weak. It was good, but not great. I rate it 3 out of 5. It was my 3rd book for the New Author Challenge and my 4th for the Off the Shelf Challenge.