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Inspired by the lives of the forgotten orphans of World War Two, this heart-wrenching and moving tale is about fighting for your loved ones when all hope is lost…
This emotive story centres around Freya who is a post grad history student Who moves into her new Cambridge flat unaware of others present. Downstairs is Finn, a friendly carpenter and then, next door Lives Agnes, alone, in her eighties and she's been through so much more. When we learn what some people endured during the Second World War, It can shake our belief in humanity to its very core. It is Agnes who tells Freya of what happened in her past Sharing secrets she's held, memories that last. The events she shares are tragic and moving, too, When you learn what she and others went through. This helps unlock secrets from Freya's family, And brings them closer together as readers will see. It is a story of courage, family, friends and more Written in a way that's engaging to explore. What a great way to share the area's history I learnt lots by reading it, so much of a mystery! The trials and tribulations are shared in an enthralling way Bringing it all back to life in the reader's imagination today. For my complementary copy of this book, I say thank you, I throughly enjoyed reading it and this is my honest review.
Inspired by the lives of the forgotten orphans of World War Two, this heart-wrenching and moving tale is about fighting for your loved ones when all hope is lost. Breathtaking and unputdownable, this story of courage and survival is perfect for fans of Before We Were Yours, Sold on a Monday and The Orphan’s Tale
1944, East Prussia. When the war comes to twelve-year-old Agnes’ village, she finds herself stuck between two terrifying armies. Everyone in her town has been forced to fight for the Nazis, and as the Red Army approaches every innocent woman and child is made to leave their home. Then tragedy strikes and Agnes and her brother Dieter find themselves completely alone in a vast, isolated woodland. Though she is terrified, Agnes knows that she must protect her brother, no matter the cost…
Cambridge, present day. When her beloved grandfather dies, Freya is distraught. Not only has she lost the man who helped raise her, but she knows the story of his time as a pilot in World War Two, and her family’s history, is gone forever. But then Freya meets her new next-door neighbour Agnes, whose accent is just like her grandfather’s. She has a framed picture of a snow-covered castle that looks strangely familiar, and a weather-beaten image of a little blonde boy in braces and boots.
Agnes vowed never to tell the painful story of the young boy who risked everything for her, even if Freya believes Agnes may hold the key to unlocking her own family’s secrets. But what Freya doesn’t realise is that Agnes’ past has the power to change everything she ever thought she knew about her family…
Ann Bennett was born in a small village in Northamptonshire and now lives in Surrey. Her first book, A Daughter’s Quest, originally published as Bamboo Heart, was inspired by her father’s experience as a prisoner of war on the Thai-Burma Railway. The Planter’s Wife (originally published as Bamboo Island) a Daughter’s Promise and The Homecoming, (formerly Bamboo Road) are also about the war in South East Asia.
Ann is married with three grown up sons and works as a lawyer. For more details please visit www.bambooheart.co.uk
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