While The Bombs Fell by Robbie Cheadle & Elsie Hancy Eaton #Memoir #BookReview @bakeandwrite

What was it like for children growing up in rural Suffolk during World War 2?
Elsie and her family live in a small double-storey cottage in Bungay, Suffolk. Every night she lies awake listening anxiously for the sound of the German bomber planes. Often they come and the air raid siren sounds signalling that the family must leave their beds and venture out to the air raid shelter in the garden.
Despite the war raging across the English channel, daily life continues with its highlights, such as Christmas and the traditional Boxing Day fox hunt, and its wary moments when Elsie learns the stories of Jack Frost and the ghostly and terrifying Black Shuck that haunts the coastline and countryside of East Anglia.
Includes some authentic World War 2 recipes


Robbie, short for Roberta, is an author with six published children’s picture books in the Sir Chocolate books series for children aged 2 to 9 years old (co-authored with her son, Michael Cheadle), one published middle grade book in the Silly Willy series and one published preteen/young adult fictionalised biography about her mother’s life as a young girl growing up in an English town in Suffolk during World War II called While the Bombs Fell (co-authored with her mother, Elsie Hancy Eaton). All of Robbie’s children’s book are written under Robbie Cheadle and are published by TSL Publications. 

Robbie has recently branched into adult horror and supernatural writing and, in order to clearly differential her children’s books from her adult writing, these will be published under Roberta Eaton Cheadle. Robbie has two short stories in the horror/supernatural genre included in Dark Visions, a collection of 34 short stories by 27 different authors and edited by award winning author, Dan Alatorre. These short stories are published under Robbie Cheadle.

Robbie has also recently published a poetry collection, Open a new door, together with fellow South African poet, Kim Blades.

My Review

The story of life behind war zones.

Elsie is born in England during a tumultuous period in history- WWII. Her family must learn to live on rations, restricted power, blackout posters, and food stamps while still providing milk to the nearby village.

Elsie understands the threat of war. The fear of German bombers is a backdrop to an everyday life without extras, but the family still manages to enjoy simple pleasures such as summer swims, afternoon tea, and on special occasions small gifts and treats.

I found it fascinating to read the lives of those not directly involved in the war effort. The average citizens just trying to survive what must have been a frightening time. While Elsie is young, she still grasps the stress her parents are under to provide a safe, warm home for their family.

Standout lines:

Britain had been at war with Nazi Germany since 1 September 1939, and the little girl could not remember a time when the distribution of food, coal, and clothing had not been controlled. She listened for the sound of bomber planes and air raid sirens without even realising it and even possessed her own gas mask.

While the Bombs Fell- Robbie Cheadle & Elsie Hancy Eaton

The air raid shelter smelled damp and musty, and the dark felt as thick as velvet curtains before Father lit the paraffin lamp.

While the Bombs Fell- Robbie Cheadle & Elsie Hancy Eaton

This is an enlightening read about village life in wartorn times.

I give While the Bombs Fell 5 lovely Kisses!

92 comments on “While The Bombs Fell by Robbie Cheadle & Elsie Hancy Eaton #Memoir #BookReview @bakeandwrite

  1. I’ve read snippets of this book on Robbie’s blog. I think it’s awesome she worked with her mother for firsthand accounts of what it was like to live through such a terrifying times. Congratulations to Robbie for the excellent review!

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  2. Beware Of The Reader

    I understand your fascination Jacquie! I was able to visit a temporary exhibition at the War Museum in London some years ago centered around that theme. We got to see the daily rations, the propaganda urging parents to send their kids to the countryside. We got to read letters written by kids to their parents at that time. It was fascinating. And so real

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  3. A wonderful review of a great book. I love the quotes you included.

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  4. Excellent review, Jacquie – and congrats to Robbie!

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  5. Bravo to Robbie! This is an awesome review to share, Jacquie. Thank you. 🙂
    Cheers to you both!

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  6. D.L Finn, Author

    This is a great review Jacquie:) I’m intrigued and have to add it to my TBR list.

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  7. What a lovely surprise to find this lovely review, Jacquie. I am so pleased you enjoyed this book.

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  8. Reblogged this on Robbie's inspiration and commented:
    What a fantastic surprise to find this lovely review of While the Bombs Fell by author, Jacquie Biggar. My mother and I are delighted. Thank you, Jacquie.

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  9. Great review! Kudos Robbie and Elsie. I’m so looking forward to reading When the Bombs Fell soon…

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  10. Lovely review, Jacquie. Thank you.

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  11. Fantastic review, Jacquie! Congratulations to Robbie and her mom, Elsie Hancy Eaton! I loved the “stand out” lines too. Have a great weekend! 😀 xo

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  12. I agree that this is a marvelous book, Jacquie. It was interesting to hear your thoughts on it. Happy weekend hugs to you and to Robbie. ❤

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  14. It’s great to see Robbie’s book highlighted here. I definitely want to read When the Bombs Fell!

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  15. Sorry, meant to type “While” the Bombs Fell – many apologies!

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  16. Wonderful review!

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  17. Fab review for Robbie’s book Jacquie 🙂

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  18. Reblogged this on writerchristophfischer and commented:
    Sounds like my kind of book. Check it out!

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  19. Sounds like a poignant book. I’m sure it would hurt my heart to read some of it, but those are the stories that really leave their marks. I love that there are recipes included. What a great review.

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  20. Excellent review, Jacquie! I’ve always been interested in World War II history. Already purchased my copy from Amazon.

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  21. Bigger than I’d like. Seems like there isn’t enough time for reading!

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  22. Lovely review Jacquie – I like the evocative pages you selected.

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  23. This story covers a very critical time in history but, it sounds like an exciting read.

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  24. very interesting, it must have been quite traumatic bombs coming from everywhere in the blitz.

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  25. A fabulous review of a fascinating story. Thanks, Jacquie.

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