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Jenny's War [Hardcover]

Margaret Dickinson
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)

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Book Description

16 Feb 2012
Is it possible for a ten-year-old girl to fall in love? Jenny Mercer thinks 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. 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 dead, Jenny is devastated. More heartbreak is to come when Jenny’s mother Dot decides she wants her daughter home and Jenny is forced to return to live in the city which is now under almost daily attack from enemy bombers. Dot’s ‘fancy man’, Arthur Osborne, treats Jenny kindly. 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 city and heads towards the hills and the dales of Derbyshire. There, Jenny is caught up in a life of deception. All she really wants is to go back to Lincolnshire. For Jenny has never given up hope that one day, Georgie will come back.


Product details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (16 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230757782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230757783
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 628,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Born in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, Margaret Dickinson moved to the coast at the age of seven and so began her love for the sea and the Lincolnshire landscape. Her ambition to be a writer began early and she had her first novel published at the age of twenty-five. This was followed by twenty-two further titles including Plough the Furrow, Sow the Seed and Reap the Harvest, which make up her Lincolnshire Fleethaven trilogy. Many of her novels are set in the heart of her home county but in Tangled Threads and Twisted Strands, the stories include not only Lincolnshire but also the framework knitting and lace industries of Nottingham.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just perfect 25 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight 24 Mar 2013
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Something for the unsophisticated reader. Totally predictable plot and lacking in character development or subtlety. Simple vocabulary and easy constructs. No excitement or intrigue here ! My first by this author and my last.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jennys War 29 Feb 2012
By Suki
Format:Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jenny war 27 Mar 2013
By visa18
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars The writing is as plain as the title! 15 Mar 2013
By June
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I was almost put off buying this by the title, which seemed to have been chosen without any thought or imagination, and I would have been right. The writing was very plain, so nothing to admire there. There seemed to be plenty of story, but I found it unconvincing. People were either much too good or much too awful. It started out with promise, but the main bulk of the story was dreary and unpleasant, most of which I skim-read (or skipped). I read the last couple of chapters but, although the obvious happened, it wasn't dealt with in a way that pleased and I was just glad to finish.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great sequel 30 Mar 2012
By keeper
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jenny's War - Excellent read! 4 Mar 2012
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars A book for old ladies like me 23 Jun 2014
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Some of it an echo of my childhood in a country at war. Not really literary enough for my taste.
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5.0 out of 5 stars book
this was a good read and this review as ever is far too long just to say a book to read
Published 23 days ago by Mrsruthdrewry
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely read.
Love this author and this book didn't disappoint. Following a young girl to adulthood. Love the different locations this book was set in. Would definitely recommend this book.
Published 25 days ago by Rebecca Oakes
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good holiday read
This book was easy to read and a good story to it. I wanted to get back to read it when having to put it down.
Published 1 month ago by s.l.purse
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
As usual Margaret tells a superb story. The characters she paints are so utterly believable. If you haven't already done so, do read Sons and Daughters - it tells the story of how... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. S. Radford
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful story
Couldn't put it down - loved the characters. Wonderful happy ending but the suspense made me keep reading. Excellent storyline
Published 2 months ago by Susan Futter
3.0 out of 5 stars reasonable story
A great story by a great author - looking forward to getting more stories written by this author. Good to read
Published 3 months ago by J. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Book
Bought this for my mother who could not put it down, she passed it on to her friends who also loved it
Published 4 months ago by Susie Wong
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!
I chose 5 stars as this book is yet another amazing at home war story from a great author-perfectly written and I couldn't put it down!
Published 4 months ago by Alison
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody brilliant
Could not put this book down, it enthralled me from the very beginning. I now have to read sons and daughters, which I should have read first. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kathryn jessop
5.0 out of 5 stars Jenny's War
This book definitely deserves five stars, it was a wonderful story of wartime Britain and a book that was hard to put down once you started it.
Published 5 months ago by Rose Taylor
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