Get Caught Up in the Romance of World War II on ‘The Way to London’ [REVIEW]

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In the midst of World War II, Lucy Stanhope must leave everything she knows behind in Alix Rickloff’s The Way to London. (Photo by Tony Armstrong, Flickr)

A beautiful young socialite has everything a girl could want: wealth, privilege, and a one-of-a-kind wardrobe that speaks volumes about her personal style. She even has a special man in her life who seems to know her all too well. But with World War II raging around them, everything she holds dear is threatened and the future is anything but certain in Alix Rickloff’s gorgeous new novel, The Way to London. 

Alix Rickloff's THE WAY TO LONDON

William Morrow

Lucy Stanhope’s life in Singapore is the stuff many girl’s dreams are made of. The granddaughter of an earl, she is affluent and impetuous, has a glamorous mother and a stepfather who is a bit of a rogue. And as the Japanese gear up for an attack on Pearl Harbor, she believes her world is safe from harm. Yet even carefully constructed facades are liable to crack under pressure.

Almost without warning, Lucy’s life is turned on its head. Suddenly she is sent to live with an aunt she struggles to recall just as Singapore is engulfed in war, her parents disappear, and with them any sense of normalcy. Now she is left to face the ravages of war-torn Britain on her own. Even as she struggles to make sense of her own life, she forms an alliance with a young evacuee named Bill and they set off to find his mother in London.

This should be an uneventful journey, but then Lucy is reunited with someone she knew from Singapore and suddenly she must come to terms with the choices she’s made if she’s ever to build the future she wants.

The Way to London is an enchanting, enthralling novel that transfixes readers from the very first page. Lucy is effervescent and engaging, and we can’t help but love her. Although she initially seems worldly-wise, she is naive in many ways and has plenty of hard lessons to learn. Yet as we follow her on her journey, we watch how she navigates the treacherous road she is destined to traverse.

Fans of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All the Light We Cannot See and Rhys Bowen’s In Farleigh Field will undoubtedly devour this book. In fact, reading it is a bit like watching a favorite old black-and-white film: one that captures the romance of World War II and has us cheering on the heroine until she gets her happy ending.

Rickloff proves herself a gifted wordsmith, and this volume will undoubtedly garner her many new followers. Her dialogue sparkles. Her characters rise off the page and linger in our minds long after the book is closed. But most of all, Rickloff has a real knack for stealing our hearts and fueling them with hope. Do yourself a favor and book yourself a passage on The Way to London. This is one trip you’ll be grateful you took.


Alix Rickloff

Alix Rickloff

Alix Rickloff is a critically acclaimed author of historical and paranormal romance. Her previous novels include Secrets of Nanreath Hall (William Morrow, 2016), the Heirs of Kilronan trilogy (Pocket, 2011), the Bligh Family series (Kensington, 2009), and as Alexa Egan, the Imnada Brotherhood series (Pocket, 2014).

Alix’s family tree includes a knight who fought during the Wars of the Roses (his brass rubbing hangs in her dining room), and a soldier who sided with Charles I during the English Civil War (hence the family’s hasty emigration to America).

Alix lives in Maryland with her husband and three children. She invites readers to visit her home on the Web at, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

By Alix Rickloff
384 pgs. William Morrow. $15.99

TLC Book Tours Tour HostYou may purchase The Way to London at one of these fine online retailers: HarperCollins, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.

The Way to London is brought to you in association with TLC Book Tours.

The Way to London Giveaway

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About Jathan Fink
Jathan is a journalist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. He is also a travel junkie, foodie and jazz aficionado. A California native, he resides in Texas.

3 Responses to Get Caught Up in the Romance of World War II on ‘The Way to London’ [REVIEW]

  1. Book me a ticket! This is one ride I think I’d really enjoy.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.

  2. Jathan Fink says:

    Reblogged this on Jadeworks Entertainment and commented:

    If you love classic Hollywood movies and books like All the Light We Cannot See, you don’t want to miss Alix Rickloff’s captivating World War II novel about a young socialite who loses everything and suddenly has everything to gain. Lose yourself on The Way to London.

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