Beyond That, The Sea by Laura Spence-Ash

Beyond That, The Sea is by turns joyful and incredibly emotional. I enjoyed every single page.


In 1940, as German bombs descend on London, Beatrix’s parents Millie and Reginald Thompson, decide to send her to live with a family in America to keep her safe for the remainder of the war.

In America, Beatrix meets the Gregorys: Mr & Mrs. G and their two boys, William and Gerald. She quickly adjusts to this new and exciting life and soon feels like a member of the family. The war begins to feel like a distant memory.

But the war eventually ends, and Beatrix returns to London and feels the loss of her second family. Although Beatrix only lived with the Gregorys for a few years, those years had a lasting impact on the rest of her life.

Beyond That, The Sea

Review of Beyond That, The Sea

This beautifully written historical fiction has multiple perspectives. It takes the reader on a powerful journey. The chapters are quite short, making this a quick read.

It briefly touches on the civil rights movement.

It’s been a while since characters have touched me as deeply as these ones have. I finished reading this book several weeks ago and still find myself thinking about these heartwarming characters.

This novel is a reminder of why I love historical fiction and shouldn’t write off World War II books just yet.

If you enjoy character-driven fiction, I’d highly recommend picking this up.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Expected Publication: 21 March 2023

Thank you to Celadon for sending me this beautifully wrapped arc.

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