Shelter by the late English author Marguerite Steen, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature whose works enjoyed a period of popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, is a standalone vintage literary fiction novel with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.
This was originally published in 1942 by Sun Dial Press.
The story was written contemporary to and takes place during WWII on the British homefront, set in 1940s London near the beginning of the Blitz, and is a domestic drama centred around the shifting relationship between two women caught up together in the war and connected by particular circumstances whether they like it or not.
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The untold story of life in London during the Second World War
September 1940, London.
Louise is buried underground, metres below the city.
Contained by the corrugated iron of an Anderson shelter, she feels stifled rather than safe.
Stuck with her inside the construction is her husband Jos, who despite attending Oxford and volunteering for the Auxiliary Fire Service, the A.F.S., her friends still dislike.
As if the air wasn’t tense enough with Hitler’s presence made known by incessant bombs, Louise has her fears confirmed; Jos has a mistress.
Camma. The delicate and sweet girl, who Jos can’t help but want to protect.
Even now in the Shelter Jos is itching to escape only to telephone Camma and check she’s unhurt by the fire raining down on London.
But when Louise drops a bomb of her own and tells Jos she’s with child, the dynamic of this love triangle is drastically changed.
Louise tries to distract herself and make herself useful in the war effort; struggling to maintain paid work after her old boss Antony moves to America, she tries to volunteer with the W.V.S.
Wondering through war-torn London she visits her sister Cynthia who’s sending her only son Julian to Canada in order to flee the danger zone.
The belief that Hitler would never target London is quickly fading as all families from the capital are being torn apart.
Just when the city is coming under attack, Louise bumps into Camma, her husband’s mistress.
Constrained by courtesy they dine together and discuss the particulars of their future and the future of the war and it seems they understand each other.
Could an unlikely friendship blossom between wife and mistress?
Shelter is an urgent story of a three-cornered romance in war-torn London during World War Two.
This literary tale fuses together the city’s multitudinous voices, from the green grocer on the street corner, the unemployed middle-class wife to the inspiring speeches of Winston Churchill.