First I must admit that my Mum wrote it. In my hardly impartial opinion it is a really good read with the Palestine thing as a poignant backdrop. Much the same way as Dickens is a really good read, often with social deprivation as a backdrop. Having said that, when I hear about Israel on the news now, it makes more sense because of the historic background in this book. --John Penfold,
When conflicts and espionage in Palestine during the British Mandate lead to the deaths of a Syrian property owner and a British Police Inspector three young women from very different cultures watch the events unfold.
Struggling Free follows Patsy, Dalia and Suzanna from the Arab Rebellion at it height in 1938 to the threat of Nazi invasion in 1942. It sees them attempting to break through the constraints of their individual cultures to personal freedom, while relationships between them change from hostility to friendship during their mutual experiences of murder, war and love.
The author spent her formative years in Palestine. Her experiences as a child inspired her to write a fictional account based on an incident that affected her own family.