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

Biography

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 thoughts 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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    1. I enjoyed this book, Mae. In a way it gave me comfort to know life carries on, even in the midst of war. Though I pray I never have to find that out the hard way!

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      1. You and me both!

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      2. I thin we all pray for peace, Jacquie, especially in this turbulent time.

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    2. Thank you, Mae. I was delighted to find this lovely review. Writing with my mother was very rewarding and we are planning a second book in this series.

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  2. Beware Of The Reader May 3, 2019 — 7:20 am

    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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    1. That would be interesting! It’s surprising how much children grasp, even if they don’t fully understand the danger. I’d love to read some of those letters.

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    2. We visited Churchill’s war rooms when we were in London last year. They are a fascinating replica of life for the British government after war was declared on Germany.

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

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    1. Thanks, Darlene. Robbie and her mom did a fantastic job creating a vision of the war we don’t always hear about.

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    2. Thank you, Darlene. I liked the quotes too.

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

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    1. Thank you, Teri. We are both thrilled with this review.

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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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    1. Well worth a read, Natalie 🙂

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  6. D.L Finn, Author May 3, 2019 — 9:09 am

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

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    1. Yay! I’m sure Robbie will be happy to read this, Denise!

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    2. Thank you, Denise. I hope you enjoy it when you get to it.

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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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    1. Very well done, Robbie! I’ve added my review to Goodreads (Amazon won’t let me post anymore) and tried on Bookbub but the book isn’t listed. Let me know when you get it up there and I’ll do the recommend thing 🙂

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      1. Thank you, Jacquie. I need to sort out Bookbub and will do so soon.

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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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    1. I think you’ll enjoy it, Bette. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  10. Lovely review, Jacquie. Thank you.

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    1. I think stories like these are an important part of history. Robbie and her mom show us a wonderful vignette of early English history ❤

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      1. I am glad you liked that piece, Jacquie. That bit about Hugh Bigod led to the idea for Through the Nethergate which I am just finishing off now.

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    2. Thank you for reading and commenting, John.

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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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    1. Thanks, Vashti! Hope you get a chance to enjoy the sun 🙂

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      1. It’s been storming all week, but that’s okay because I love to write while it’s raining. Today is a lovely sunny day though and I’ve already gone on a long walk with my dog, Scribbles. Thank you, my friend! 😀 xo

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    2. Thank you for reading and commenting, Vashti. I like the stand out lines too. I must remember that for when I write reviews.

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      1. It’s my pleasure, Robbie. That is a wonderful idea. I’ve come across amazing lines while reading and it had never occurred to me to highlight them. I wish I had thought of that. 😉

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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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    1. Thanks, Teagan. We’re governed by television and the movies to focus on the fighting during wars, but it affects everyone differently.
      Reading it from a child’s perspective was eye-opening.
      Have a wonderful weekend, my friend!

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    2. Thank you, Teagan, for your kind comment. I am about to read your second episode of Brother Love.

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      1. You’re so kind, Robbie. I appreciate your support — particularly considering how much you have going on. More hugs.

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    1. Thanks for the share, Karen!

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

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    1. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!

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

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      1. Gla to share, Jacquie 🙂

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      1. My pleasure, Robbie.

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  15. Wonderful review!

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    1. Thanks, Jennie. This was a departure for me, but I’m so glad I trusted Robbie’s writing enough to give it a try!

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      1. Interestingly enough, Jacquie, romance is a departure for me and now I have also read book in this genre by Pamela Wight and Linda Hill. It’s good to try new things.

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      2. You’re welcome, Jacquie!

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      1. You’re welcome, Robbie.

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  16. Fab review for Robbie’s book Jacquie 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Debby. It was interesting!

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

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    1. Thanks for the share, Christoph!

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    2. Thank you for sharing, Christoph

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  18. 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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    1. Thanks, Staci. It is poignant. Children accept hard times in a totally different way from their parents and this story portrays that well.

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      1. HI Jacquie, I responded to Staci before I read you comment and it really pleases me that you picked up on the acceptance of children portrayed in the book that I described in my comment. Have a lovely new week.

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    2. Thank you for reading and commenting, Staci. It is told from a child’s perspective and, I always find it rather amazing, how adaptable and accepting children are. They accept what has always been as opposed to the adults who question and fight things.

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      1. Children are exactly that. Sometimes I think we don’t give them enough credit. Wishing you much success with the book, Robbie.

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

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    1. Great! I’m sure Robbie will be happy to see this, Joan 🙂

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    2. Thank you, Joan. I hope you enjoy it when you get to it. I am sure you have a huge TBR like all authors.

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

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

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    1. ‘Pages’ should have been ‘passages’

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      1. Lol, I do the same thing! They should give everyone an edit button 🙂

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    2. Thank you, Susan. Have you had the chance to read Robbie’s work?

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      1. I follow her blog but no, I have not read her books –

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        1. I think you’d enjoy them 🙂

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

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

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    1. Petrifying, especially with a young family to protect. Thanks for stopping by to comment, William. 🙂

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

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    1. Well worth the read, Norah 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by the blog!

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