“The first GIs landed on Britain’s shores in 1942 and brought with them candy, Coca-Cola, cigarettes and nylon. GIs were reportedly very generous. With average salaries more than five times that of a British soldier and no living expenses to worry about, there was plenty of time for parties. And their generous nature made them alluring to women – around 70,000 British women became GI brides… GIs were frequently described as “overpaid, oversexed and over here”. The GIs retorted and said the British were “underpaid, undersexed and under Eisenhower” … http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20160819
Many British women married GIs and emigrated to the US and For A Rainy Afternoon focuses on two English girls who fall in love with GI brothers. As the story unfolds we find out just what decisions needed to be made – whether to emigrate, what about children outside of marriage, would the US be somewhere the English girls would be happy?
The UK was the perfect place for launching bombing raids over Germany and other mainland Europe destinations and there are hundreds of abandoned stations in the flattest of our counties with derelict towers that were once WW2 bases, both US and UK.
Imagine falling in love in wartime, with your lover flying raids, with the promise of death a mere whisper away. Imagine your lover not returning. Your grief is being shared by hundreds of people in the same position, you’re stoic and you hide your own grief for so long that no one ever knows.
This is the back story in For A Rainy Afternoon.
Robbie MacIntyre runs a small Post Office made from a converted Station House in a village northwest of London. He is stunned when a close friend leaves him the property as an inheritance after her death.
She owned the shop and has left everything to him. Not only that but she has left the place she lived, Apple Tree Cottage, to an American – a stranger who has recently moved to Barton Hartshourn.
The sealed box that they inherit includes several rare first editions and a cookery book. Only when the secrets of the ingredients in a particular recipe are finally revealed does everything begin to make sense… and a love story that began seventy years ago is finally uncovered.
Tales of the Curious Cookbook
It’s called comfort food for a reason.
Not much is known about the cookbook, except that years ago, the mysterious Granny B collected a set of magical recipes and wrote them down. Over the years, each book has been modified, corrected, added to, and passed down through the generations to accumulate its own unique history. The secrets behind these very special recipes are about to find their way into new hands and new lives, just when they’re needed the most.
Food created out of love casts a spell all its own, but Granny B’s recipes add a little something extra. This curious cookbook holds not only delicious food, but also the secrets of love, trust, and healing, and it’s about to work its magic once again.
Each Book in Tales of The Curious Cookbook Can Be Read As a Standalone
About the Author:
RJ Scott has been writing since age six, when she was made to stay in at lunchtime for an infraction involving cookies. She was told to write a story and two sides of paper about a trapped princess later, a lover of writing was born.
As an avid reader herself, she can be found reading anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror. However, her first real true love will always be the world of romance where she takes cowboys, bodyguards, firemen and billionaires (to name a few) and writes dramatic and romantic stories of love and passion between these men.
With over sixty titles to her name and counting, she is the author of the award winning book, The Christmas Throwaway. She is also known for the Texas series charting the lives of Riley and Jack, and the Sanctuary series following the work of the Sanctuary Foundation and the people it protects.
Her goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly a happy ever after.