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From the much-loved Margaret Dickinson

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Is it possible for a ten-year-old girl to fall in love? Jenny Mercer thought so. Evacuated to Lincolnshire from the East End of London at the outbreak of war, she is frightened of the wide open spaces and the huge skies. At first, she is treated badly by the two spinsters with whom she is billeted. But the kindly Thornton family soon makes her feel welcome. And no one more so than Georgie, the handsome RAF fighter pilot, who is caught up in the battle for Britain’s survival. When Georgie is posted missing, presumed killed, Jenny is devastated and there is more heartbreak when her mother demands that she return home to the dangerous city streets now under almost daily attack from enemy bombers. Dot never hides the fact that her daughter’s birth was a mistake and kindness and care towards Jenny comes, not from her mother, but from their neighbours across the street, the Hutton family. The only other person to show concern for Jenny is, strangely, Dot’s ‘fancy man’, Arthur Osborne, who moves into the terraced house. But is Arthur only interested in the girl because she can be useful to him? No one will suspect a ten-year-old of being involved with the Black Market. When the law comes a little too close for Arthur’s comfort, the family flees in the night under the protection of the blackout, heading north out of the city. But to Jenny’s disappointment, it is not back to Lincolnshire but into the hills and dales of Derbyshire where they are always on the move, always on the run. There, Jenny is caught up in a life of deception, obliged to do whatever her mother and Arthur demand of her, when all she really wants is to go back to Lincolnshire. For Jenny has never given up hope that one day, Georgie will come back…

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1036 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (16 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006U13WR6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 285 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,080 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have just finished reading Jenny's War and as usual it came up to my expectation. Despite the story being able to stand alone and be read without any prior knowledge of the characters, those of us who follow this authors books know that it carries on the lives of Jenny and the Thortons along with other characters from her 2010 book, sons and daughters.

Such a good story, I couldn't put it down. It had me crying at times with the sadness and poverty that the war brought, but it had me smiling with joy by the end of it. Thank you Margaret for yet another good read.
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I have loved this book from the very first few words and the story held me right through to the very end. In fact, I found it difficult to put the book down and even took it to work with me to read a couple of chapters in my lunch break. Margaret Dickinson is a brilliant writer. There is humour as well as sadness in her books and all her stories are researched so well.

This story is about Jenny, a little girl of 10 years old at the start of the war, living with her mum in a poor area of London. Her mum never wanted her and is very harsh to her. Jenny is unkempt and unclean because her mum has never cared what Jenny looks like. She only cares for her own needs and any man who can keep her in clothes and make-up. Jenny's mum's spiv boyfriend deals in the black market and Jenny is made to call him 'Uncle' and later 'dad' as the story unfolds. He leads Jenny, against her will, into a life of crime, but not before Jenny is evacuated to the country, so that her mum and 'Uncle' can be on their own. In the country, Jenny find happiness and a completely different way of life. She finds love and people who care about her and is only dragged back to London by her selfish mother who doesn't want the neighbours to 'talk' when some of the other evacuees have already returned home. After that Jenny is dragged around the country so that her mother and 'Uncle' can avoid the law. Her mother's spiv forces her to go out with him as a 'look-out' when he is stealing to re-sell. Times are hard and people were running out of supplies. Life becomes a nightmare for Jenny as she yearns to go back to the family who loved her in the country. She becomes sick of moonlight flits and of being involved in her 'Uncle's' seedy crimes but things start to change! A great read - a really interesting story that gives nothing away and makes you want to continue reading to know more!
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brilliant, read it all in 5 days, couldnt stop till i got to end. As i live in Lincs where a lot of book is set it felt so at home reading it.
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Loved it. What a rare insight of an evacuated child from London during the Second World War in which she went to the country. If you are going to read Sons and Daughters read it first as the characters are intertwined and set before the war. Both are very good reads.
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Book Review - Jenny's War by Margaret Dickinson
Published by Panmacmillan
ISBN 978-0-330-54430-6

This is a very good easy-read novel, the sort of book you like to curl up on the sofa with, coffee in hand, to escape from your own world for a little while.
The plot is well-crafted, following the life of Jenny Mercer with all its ups and downs. It takes you from when Jenny is just 10 years old right through until she is a full-grown, beautiful young woman with the future at her finger-tips. Jenny's life does not get off to a good start, living in the East End of London with her mother, who never wanted her, and her mother's succession of boyfriends, all occurring during the thick of world war II.
Jenny is evacuated to Lincolnshire and life improves but is this the end of the tale? I will leave it to you to find out.
The characters are beautifully drawn picture images in your mind and I challenge you not to fall in love with the young Jenny.
I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anybody who fancies a little escapism, there are no deep controversial issues to face and no hard-work to do as you read.
It is a heart-warming story which brings the realities of living Britain during World War II to life. It will give insight to any younger readers who never experienced this time and nostalgic moments for those who are old enough to remember living through it themselves.
Personal read 4/5
Group read 2/5 as there wouldn't be an awful lot to discuss unless your reading group is made up of older members who remember the war.
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this a great book ,i have recently started reading Margaret Dickinson books and after reading sons and daughters i wanted to read more the family so i was very found this book ,even though most of the first half was same as sons and daughters but from jennys perspective.
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This was a very compulsive read, indeed I struggled to put it down. Genuinely touching romance with much attention to detail. I love Second World War based novels and this did not disappoint.
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Jenny Mercer has grown up in the East End of with her mother Dot, a woman who has little use for her daughter. When war is declared Jenny is sent to Lincolnshire and the Thornton Family (From the book Sons and Daughters.) While with the family Jenny's life changes for the better. But forced by to Dot, Jenny struggles to go back to her true family.
"Jenny War's" by Margaret Dickinson is not a squeal to "Sons and Daughters" the two stories are clearly link. "Jenny's War" was okay but the outcome is clear from the beginning. It is nice book to read but not one I will be keeping.
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