An utterly heartbreaking tale of two young girls, worlds apart, who are thrown together when they have lost everything. Fans of Wives of War, Before We Were Yours and Diney Costeloe will absolutely love this poignant and moving World War Two novel.
After a devastating childhood at Blakely Hall Orphanage,
fifteen-year-old Sandra is released. She finds work as a housemaid,
finally able to put her past behind her. But the start of World War Two
throws the country into turmoil, and her brother Alf is sent away to
fight, leaving her completely alone.
Germany, 1939: Eleven-year-old Frieda is about to board a ship bound for England with her brother, Kurt.
Life at home is perilous, with synagogues set alight and innocent lives
lost to the Nazis. They have no choice but to flee, with only their
identity cards and a small suitcase. But at the last moment, as Frieda
stands on the deck crammed with frightened children, she spots her
brother jumping off, back to land.
England, 1943: Joining the Land Army, Sandra is sent to a farm in the remote countryside where she meets evacuee Frieda.
The girls are grappling with their own tragedies – Sandra fretting over
whether Alf, flying a bomber in the heavens, will see tomorrow, and
Frieda distraught that Kurt abandoned her, uncertain whether he is
Sandra and Frieda form a friendship that sees them
through the darkest of days, but in times of war heartbreak is always
just around the corner. Will the girls ever be reunited with their loved
ones? And will the relationships they have fostered amidst the terror
of war survive?
About The Author
journey from Germany to England, from an evil permeating Europe to
living as a refugee, and being bullied. Yes, kids will be kids, but I
can’t imagine what this young girl was going through, and her family was
in so much danger.
Enter a young woman, girl, who has spent most of
her life in an orphanage, and then in service, but she has a bright
spot in the cook in the home she works. Love how God puts people in your
path, and both these young women receive this blessing.
The author gives us a chance to walk in each of these survivor’s shoes, and we get to really care about each of them.
just wished that there had been an epilogue at the end, I wanted more
information about Frieda’s family, but I did enjoy this story, saw how
these people worked so hard on the home front!
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bookoutour, and was not required to give a positive review.
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