The Shadow Ally
The Shadow Ally is a Short Read – approximately 2 hours or more – in The Yankee Years series.
America is not yet at war, but the country is preparing for it. And it is essential that this remain secret.
June 1941: Ruth Corey is puzzled by the attractive, enigmatic Italian-American civilian contractor, Frank Long, who is staying at her family’s hotel in Irvinestown, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Serious and reserved, he is nothing like the friendly, outgoing British and Canadian servicemen she knows. Nor, she discovers, does he even use his real surname.
War is a time of alliances and secrets. The biggest secret in the county is the construction of an American flying boat base outside Irvinestown. Since their country is not at war, the American contractors must conceal the building project. America’s neutrality will be destroyed if Germany discovers its existence.
Ambitious local reporter, and Ruth’s almost fiancé, Harry Coalter is consumed with curiosity about the new American airbase. But why? When Ruth finds a letter Harry has written about the flying boat base she fears he is pursuing a path that will land him in serious trouble. She enlists Frank’s help to stop Harry from making a terrible mistake.
Can Ruth safeguard a military secret that will have a profound impact on the course of the war and protect her beau?
A tale for fans of Annie Murray, Ellie Dean and Margaret Dickinson.
The Yankee Years series: During the Second World War Northern Ireland hosted American, British and Canadian troops. County Fermanagh welcomed Air Force squadrons hunting U-boats and defending shipping convoys in the Atlantic Ocean and Army battalions training and preparing for deployment to Europe’s Western Front. After the Allied troops arrived, life would never be the same again. The Yankee Years novels and Short Reads weave thrilling and romantic tales of the people and the era.
The Shadow Alley takes place in a little town called Irvinestown in Northern Ireland. Set in the backdrop of WWII, where the residents have not fully seen the ravages of war. Ruth, a girl who works for her parents in a hotel , finds herself drawn to the Americans that are there for building an air base. Not yet in the war, America was considered neutral, but if their plans got out, all efforts would be for naught.
Ruth did come off as charmingly, maybe unknowingly nosey. Her attraction to Harry, a secretive American, has her questioning the motives of her current beau, whose thoughts border on treason. Her “accidental” searching and finding certain items of interest was amusing.
The dialogue was fun. I could almost hear the Irish accents, because it was written that way. Queer was written as quare and I had to adjust to that. Ruth had a hard time understanding her American friend Harry and he had a hard time understanding her at some points. It was really cute.
It really was a steady short read. A pleasant way to spend a little spare time in the afternoon. I don’t get to read much set in this genre and I found that I enjoyed it.
*I received an copy of this story in exchange for an honest review*
Dianne Ascroft is a Canadian writer living in Britain. Since moving to Britain in 1990 she has lived in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
She writes both fiction and non-fiction and her fiction often has Irish connections. Her articles and short stories have been printed in Canadian and Irish magazines and regional newspapers including the Toronto Star, Ireland’s Own, Senior Times, Celtic Connection and Irish Connections Canada.
She is co-editor and a regular contributor to The Fermanagh Miscellany, the Fermanagh Authors’ Association’s yearly anthology and she also contributes material to other local history and writers’ anthologies.
Dianne is a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors, Historical Novel Society, Writers Abroad, Fermanagh Authors’ Association and Fermanagh Writers.
Dianne started life in a quiet residential neighbourhood in the buzzing city of Toronto and has progressively moved to smaller places through the years. She now lives on a small farm in Northern Ireland with her husband and an assortment of strong willed animals. If she ever decides to write her autobiography the working title will be ‘Downsizing’.
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