About the Book
The Shadow Ally is a Short Read – approximately 2 hours or more – in The Yankee Years series.
America is not yet at war, but the country is preparing for it. And it is essential that this remain secret.
June 1941: Ruth Corey is puzzled by the attractive, enigmatic Italian-American civilian contractor, Frank Long, who is staying at her family’s hotel in Irvinestown, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Serious and reserved, he is nothing like the friendly, outgoing British and Canadian servicemen she knows. Nor, she discovers, does he even use his real surname.
War is a time of alliances and secrets. The biggest secret in the county is the construction of an American flying boat base outside Irvinestown. Since their country is not at war, the American contractors must conceal the building project. America’s neutrality will be destroyed if Germany discovers its existence.
Ambitious local reporter, and Ruth’s almost fiancé, Harry Coalter is consumed with curiosity about the new American airbase. But why? When Ruth finds a letter Harry has written about the flying boat base she fears he is pursuing a path that will land him in serious trouble. She enlists Frank’s help to stop Harry from making a terrible mistake.
Can Ruth safeguard a military secret that will have a profound impact on the course of the war and protect her beau?
A tale for fans of Annie Murray, Ellie Dean and Margaret Dickinson.
The Yankee Years series: During the Second World War Northern Ireland hosted American, British and Canadian troops. County Fermanagh welcomed Air Force squadrons hunting U-boats and defending shipping convoys in the Atlantic Ocean and Army battalions training and preparing for deployment to Europe’s Western Front. After the Allied troops arrived, life would never be the same again. The Yankee Years novels and Short Reads weave thrilling and romantic tales of the people and the era.
About the Author
Dianne Ascroft is a Canadian writer living in Britain. Since moving to Britain in 1990 she has lived in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
She writes both fiction and non-fiction and her fiction often has Irish connections. Her articles and short stories have been printed in Canadian and Irish magazines and regional newspapers including the Toronto Star, Ireland’s Own, Senior Times, Celtic Connection and Irish Connections Canada.
She is co-editor and a regular contributor to The Fermanagh Miscellany, the Fermanagh Authors’ Association’s yearly anthology and she also contributes material to other local history and writers’ anthologies.
Dianne is a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors, Historical Novel Society, Writers Abroad, Fermanagh Authors’ Association and Fermanagh Writers.
Dianne started life in a quiet residential neighbourhood in the buzzing city of Toronto and has progressively moved to smaller places through the years. She now lives on a small farm in Northern Ireland with her husband and an assortment of strong willed animals. If she ever decides to write her autobiography the working title will be ‘Downsizing’.
For more information please visit Dianne’s website. You can also find her on herBlog, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.
Dianne Ashcroft has written a suspenseful, short, and enticing read in The Shadow Ally. This novel is about a young journalist that has a promising career, but his girlfriend believes he is involved in something he shouldn’t be and is investigating his hotel room when she does the cleaning for her job at the family hotel. The story is well written and will keep readers wondering what will happen next. The intriguing characters will also draw readers to the story. I would recommend this novel to readers that enjoy short, suspenseful, historical reads.
Series: The Yankee Years Series
Genre: historical, WWII, Ireland
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Publication date: December 4, 2015
Number of pages: 76
Content Rating: PG, war time discussion
Book Rating: 4 stars
Other books in the series:
2-Coming soon to continue Ruth’s story.
3-Keeping Her Pledge
A review copy of this book was provided by Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours.
Monday, April 18:
Review at Lampshade Reader
Wednesday, April 20:
Review at Room With Books
Review at Singing Librarian Books
Friday, April 22:
Review at Diana's Book Reviews
Review at Queen of All She Reads
Monday, April 25:
Review at Eclectic Ramblings of Author Heather Osborne
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