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When the children came home., 22 Mar. 2011
A compelling story of the experiences of 2nd World War evacuees. The beauty of this telling is that the Author is able to empathise with the children, the parents, and the foster parents. Taking on a child for 4 years or even less was a huge emotional responsibility and left its mark in the lives of all who were part to it. The parents, missing so much of their child's life and having an adolescent stranger return to the house. The children, many of whom missed the foster homes dearly when they left to return to slums, and the foster parents themselves who formed very strong emotional bonds to the children. The thought of bringing someone into your life for 4 years and then having them snatched away forever without any notice is a truly haunting one.
Somehow the author manages to bring together all of these stories with an understanding that helps mould them together and allows the reader to come to terms with the hardships and happiness endured and felt by everyone in the book. Truly inspirational reading.