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Meet the women on the home front . . .
1939. When the residents of Great Plumstead offer to open up their homes to evacuees from London, they’re preparing to care for children. So when a train carrying expectant mothers pulls into the station, the town must come together to accommodate their unexpected new arrivals . . .
Sisters Prue and Thea welcome the mothers with open arms, while others fear their peaceful community will be disrupted. But all pregnant Marianne seeks is a fresh start for herself and her unborn child. Though she knows that is only possible as long as her new neighbours don’t discover the truth about her situation.
The women of Great Plumstead, old and new, are fighting their own battles on the home front. Can the community come together in a time of need to do their bit for the war effort?
This is definitely a great story for anyone who enjoys wartime sagas. It starts on the day that war was declared and evacuation is in progress. A group of expectant Mums, including unmarried mum-to-be Marianne, are taken by train from their homes in London to the small community of Great Plumstead. However the villagers had agreed to help look after unaccompanied children so their new arrivals are something of a shock. As the new arrivals are found new homes and settle in, there are new challenges facing them all as the Second World War impacts the lives of everyone there.
The story gives the reader the feeling of being involved in the war time experiences, sharing the attitudes, drama and challenges facing them all. It is great to have this from an adult perspective, giving an insight into the changes the war placed on those living in this small community. It is a story of friendships, initiatives, motherhood and more related from the perspectives of both the hosts and evacuees. Some are welcoming but others more reticent. The story is largely told from the points of view of two sisters acting as hosts.Thea and Prue, and the evacuee, Marianne. The family dramas which ensue, the camaraderie which develops are all key to making this an engaging portrayal of life during this era. It is also a romance and the first in a series with mention of the next book featuring these characters mentioned as being “The Mother’s Day Victory”.
Thank you for my copy of this book which I have voluntarily read and honestly reviewed.
Rosie Hendry lives by the sea in Norfolk with her husband and children. A former teacher and research scientist, she’s always loving reading and writing. She started off writing short stories for magazines, her stories gradually becoming longer as her children grew bigger.
Listening to her father’s tales of life during the Second World War sparked Rosie’s interest in this period and she’s especially intrigued by how women’s lives changed during the war years. She loves researching further, searching out gems of real life events which inspire her writing.
When she’s not working, Rosie enjoys walking along the beach, reading and is grateful for the fact that her husband is a much better cook than her.
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