#BookReview Someday I’ll Find You by C. C. Humphreys @HumphreysCC @doubledayca @PenguinRandomCA #SomedayIllFindYou #CCHumphreys #PenguinReads Title: Someday I'll Find You

Author: C. C. Humphreys

Published by: Doubleday Canada on Jun. 6, 2023

Genres: Historical Fiction

Pages: 408

Format: Paperback

Source: Penguin Random House

Book Rating: 8.5/10

For readers of The Nightingale and Lilac Girls, a dazzling novel about Ilse, a spy, and Billy, a pilot, who fall in love but are wrenched apart during World War II, and must find their way back to each other–from bestselling author C.C. Humphreys.

When Billy Coke steps onto the streets of London one December evening in 1940, he has no idea he is stepping to his fate. As Hitler’s bombers come close to burning the city down, Billy meets the woman who will change the course of his life: Ilse Magnusson, a musician from Norway, but also something more–a spy in training.

Escaping the Blitz for three days, she and Billy drive, quarrel, conceal, reveal . . . and fall finally, fully, in love.

Now they must part, each to fight the war their own way. Billy, a Canadian Spitfire pilot, to duel with the Luftwaffe over North Africa and the Med. Ilse to return to her conquered country, ingratiate herself with the Nazi elite–which includes her beloved father–and send vital intelligence back to Britain.

They know that the odds of both of them surviving are poor. All they can hope is that the other does survive–and that someday they find each other again.

From decadent pre-war Berlin to the atrocity at Guernica, from dogfights over Sicily to an Oslo ground under the German jackboot, through small victories and bitter losses, this is the story of a man and a woman at war. A tale of causes and compromises, heroism and betrayal. Of choices made, with consequences unforeseen. And finally, how sometimes . . . love can give you a second chance.


Charged, touching, and intriguing!

Someday I’ll Find You is a rich, captivating tale that sweeps you away to the early 1940s and into the lives of Canadian Spitfire pilot Billy Coke and Norwegian musician turned spy Ilsa Magnusson who, after accidentally meeting during a bombing raid on the streets of London and subsequently spending three blissful days in the English countryside, spend the rest of the war thinking of each other, doing whatever they’re told do, and hoping beyond hope that one day when the guns are silent, and the battle is won that somewhere, somehow they will find their way back to into each other’s arms.

The prose is eloquent and fluid. The characters are resilient, brave, and endearing. And the plot is a tender tale about life, loss, family, secrets, separation, sacrifice, desperation, tragedy, friendship, espionage, romance, new beginnings, and the horrors and hardships of war.

Overall, Someday I’ll Find You is a heartfelt, sentimental, affecting read by Humphreys inspired by real familial events that does a lovely job of interweaving historical facts and compelling fiction into an insightful, heart-tugging tale that is atmospheric and highly absorbing.


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Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for gifting me a copy in exchange for an honest review.


About C. C. Humphreys

CHRIS (C.C.) HUMPHREYS is a bestselling author, actor, audiobook narrator and playwright. Born in Toronto, raised in the UK, he has acted on stages all over the world in roles ranging from Hamlet to Jack Absolute to Clive Parnell on Coronation Street. He has an MFA from UBC and has written twenty-two novels of both historical fiction and fantasy including: The French Executioner, Chasing the Wind, The Jack Absolute Trilogy, Vlad, A Place Called Armageddon, Shakespeare’s Rebel, The Hunt of the Unicorn, One London Day and, most recently, Someday I’ll Find You. Plague won the 2015 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel. He is published in more than ten languages. He lives on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.

Photo by Jeff Vinnick, courtesy of Vancouver Public Library.