• Under a Sky on Fire

  • A Gripping and Utterly Heartbreaking WW2 Historical Novel
  • By: Suzanne Kelman
  • Narrated by: Alison Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (355 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the middle of the road, the child stood wearing a blue flannel nightie, her feet bare and dirt-splattered. Her blonde flyaway hair was golden, aglow from the fires that lit her up from behind. Stumbling over, Lizzie reached her side. The little girl's eyes were closed, her palms facing upwards. If she’d been in church, you would have thought she was praying. 

September 1940, London 

As the German Luftwaffe begin a terrifying bombing campaign that will come to be known as the Blitz, thousands are evacuated to safety. But Lizzie Mackenzie finds herself heading toward London.  

She knows she must help in the war effort. But she has another reason for leaving the security of her Scottish village: the illegitimate child she gave up for adoption nearly five years before is somewhere in the city. And - as the bombs rain down - she will stop at nothing to find her and make sure her little girl is safe. 

Then she finds herself trapped in a dark theatre during a bombing raid, where she meets Pilot Officer Jack Henson. Against all her instincts, she falls in love. But what chance is there for that love to flourish? Because if he discovers the secret shame of her past, he may never forgive her. And with Jack facing the enemy every day in the sky, and Lizzie’s job guiding pilots into battle - life and love has never felt so fragile. 

Until a chance encounter with a little orphaned girl changes everything, forcing Lizzie to ask herself what truly matters. Because, in the darkest days of war, every life counts. And - when tragedy strikes - saving one child’s life might just give Lizzie a reason to survive....

An unforgettable story about sacrifice, love, and heartbreak set in World War Two London during the Blitz. If you liked All the Light We Cannot See, My Name Is Eva, and A Fire Sparkling, you will love Under a Sky on Fire. 

Praise for Suzanne Kelman: 

"Oh my goodness! Evocatively unsettling yet hauntingly beautiful.... the story is incredibly powerful.... I read this book with bated breath. I cried, I grieved and I hoped.... I was left both heartbroken and satisfied. Suzanne Kelman...has floored me with this book." (Robin Loves Reading)

©2020 Suzanne Kelman (P)2020 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.
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OMG! SO GOOD

The narrator was fantastic. It amazed me how she can do so many accents. I have loved Suzanne Kelman's WWII novels. It makes me think how awful and sad it must have been to live during that time. It also makes me feel sad that my grandfather had to fight in that war.

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A Story worth reading or listening too

I absolutely loved this book, telling of the women, the men and the children they loved!!

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The narrator is incredible!

Since this book is about three women and WWII, I’m not really the target audience for it and consequently it just seemed so-so to me. But wow! I’d listen to it again just to hear Alison Campbell narrate. She is quite gifted. One of my favorite narrators and I listen to a lot of audible books.

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Fabulous story of women's courage and Friendship.

This was a beautiful story and the narration was great. If you enjoy WWii stories, this is one of the best I have listened to.

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Sweet story, but...

I loved her first book so much. I know every book cannot be the same, but this was just a little bit too much like a chick flick for me. It’s written well and you can definitely follow through with character development and I love the historical accuracy. The reader is one of the best. She is very skilled with accents and conveying emotion.

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I love this

These are such heartfelt stories. The narration is superb and makes you feel the emotion of each character.

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wonderful story and so tenderly told! I thoroughly enjoyed this novel! A very fast read.

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Not bad, not fantastic

story is good, but feels maybe juvenile in its develipment? I am not quite sure how to put into words what it is about it. good if you could pick up on a sàle, but not worth the credit I used.

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Excellent Story & Narration!

Gentle warning: have Puffs with Lotion handy - or you'll get a red nose and eyes from the tears. I am yet again reminded how easily I take for granted all the blessings of each day. I can't even begin to imagine dodging bombs night after night. The Brits are an amazing and resilient people. And Alison Campbell's narration was truly outstanding. She's very gifted. She really brought the girls to life.

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Terrific reading and story

This is a wonderful story and the narrator is awesome!! One of the best I have listened to.

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  • 05-11-22

Loved it!

This was a brilliant book and such a good account of how awful it was to live through the bombing in Britain during World War Two, particularly in London. I read up on Anderson shelters as I didn't know much about them and I learned a lot. It was sad, joyful, heartwarming book with twists and turns throughout. The narration was first class.

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  • gillian perry-keene
  • 03-07-22

So predictable

An unlikely story full of romantic gush.
The description of the bombings gives it one star

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  • Christineb
  • 10-29-20

England during the war

I found the story relatively pleasant but predictable slightly cheesy The characters where also predictable Overall it was just ok

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  • Carol Welsh
  • 01-18-21

WW2 Saga

Enjoyable WW2 story based on 3 women and their children. Great story and narration. Go ahead and buy.

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  • myra reynolds
  • 12-11-20

Don't waste your money on this book

worst book ever bad bad bad narration story line boring. Don't know how l manager to stick with it.