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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.
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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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.
"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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent read have reread other Margaret Wilkinson novels always fascinating and bringing back memories easy and relaxing reads try themPublished 5 days ago by Maureen
As a great fan of Margaret Dickinson, this story was every bit as good as I expected it to be, I loved it, it was made even more special as I live in the area on which it was... Read morePublished 10 days ago by gill
Great book I throughly enjoyed it. It would be nice to have a follow on book about Jenny's later life.Published 1 month ago by alison merry
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