Book Review of SUNSHINE SPIRIT by Barbara Willis

Sunshine Spirit by [Willis, Barbara]

Book Review of SUNSHINE SPIRIT by Barbara Willis


As Jane steps from the rubble of her West End home she meets Will; he offers laughter and love in abundance. But will his kindness lead to a happily ever after, or draw Jane into secrecy and danger?

With the Blitz of London upon them, Will teaches Jane to live for the moment and throw caution aside. He introduces her to his surrogate family, the joys of the theatre and the open road. In turn, Jane acquaints him with her eclectic mix of girlfriends and life at the Grandchester Hotel.

But wartime London is a dangerous place, and they soon find themselves in the middle of deception, desperation and murder. Amid the loss and discovery, a promise is made to wait for a loved one’s return.


I have a penchant for reading mainly fantasy/sci-fi books, so it was enjoyable to be swept away with a well-written historical romance/thriller.  We start off in London during the Nazis Blitz.  Ms. Willis did a superb job showing us the terrible life Londoner’s faced on a nightly basis, waiting for death to drop on their doorsteps.

We start with a young woman, Jane, and the dangers she faces.  Not only from the nightly bombs, but from people who she thought she knew reasonably well.  Jane meets Will, a handsome and dashing actor.  A romance blooms between them, but little do they know Will is being used for nefarious reasons.  Who can they trust?

Unlike action-packed thriller plots, this one moves along, slowing drawing us into Jane and Will’s lives.  There were a few times I thought the prose a little wordy and redundant, but it also takes place during a slower paced lifestyle.  As with all good stories, I felt happiness, fear, uncertainty, and sadness. 

The ending is a bit strange and takes you into the fantasy/sci-fi genre.   Even now, several weeks after reading the book, I’m still not sure how I feel about the ending.

If you’re looking for a good historical/romance/thriller, I recommend this book.  I give it 4 feathers.

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Sunshine Spirit by [Willis, Barbara]

About Sahara Foley

Bio: Until my husband died on Christmas 2012, I never thought about becoming a writer. In fact, the act of writing a story terrified me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved reading, just never had the knack for writing. The thought of writing dialogue scared the bejeebers out of me. See, Bob was the writer. He wrote stories for years but could never get a traditional publisher interested enough to publish even one. Now I understand why, as they were unpolished outlines. Then, after 30 years together, Bob passed away and my life was turned upside down. About a month later, I was sitting around my apartment, trying to adjust to the worst event in my life, when a little voice spoke to me. Why not publish Bob’s stories? To be truthful, ever since the advent of self-publishing, I always wanted too, that’s how much I believed in his stories. But I knew I would have to fight him for every little change I made to his outlines. Sorry, honey, but they had to be done. So, I pulled out the box of stories, dusted them off, and started on a new adventure: The World of Self-Publishing. Boy, did I have a lot to learn. I finally published several short stories early in 2014, then my horror novella, It Lives in the Basement. While I was working on them, I was slowly learning the craft of writing, and getting The Secret of Excalibur ready for publication. Excalibur was my favorite story of them all, and in the back of my mind, I knew I wanted a publisher. One day on Twitter, I ran across a tweet from Creativia Publishing, and that was another game changer for me. I signed up with them in December of 2014, and it was the best decision I’ve made. One thing I’ve discovered on my new adventure, are all the really awesome and talented Indie Authors. If you find the right community of Indie Authors, all they want to do is help each other. I found that I love promoting them and their books, so that’s how I setup my blog. For readers to meet Indie Authors. Anyway, enough about me. Here’s all my contact information: Facebook: Twitter: Pinterest: Google Plus: Amazon Author Page:
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