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Clare Flynn’s latest novel is set during this period in the seaside town of Eastbourne, which became a target for the German Luftwaffe with devastating consequences. Gwen, a stiff-upper lip Englishwoman who has learned throughout her life to keep her emotions hidden deep inside of her, says goodbye to her army officer husband and decides to join the war effort. As she comes in contact with death and destruction and forms an unlikely friendship with an ordinary, working-class woman, her beliefs on how she should lead her own life change.
Meanwhile, a Canadian farmer, Jim, gets life-changing news at home and decides to volunteer for the war in Europe. He’s shipped to the UK where he finds self-discovery through newly forged friendships and romance. The inexperienced soldier finds that love takes many forms and is never as simple as he thought.
It’ll be no spoiler to tell you that these two main characters’ paths do eventually cross, but the ending of this stylish and well-written WW2 novel is as surprising as it is believable.
I highly recommend this engaging novel, I couldn’t put it down and found myself turning the pages even when at my desk, trying to write my own next book!
Clare's books often begin by introducing the main characters who will form a large part of the book, but we meet them separately. They start off as part of their original family or group, with no visible connection between them. So although the reader will meet them first, at that point there is no hint as to when, where or how they might meet, or what, if any, kind of relationship will develop later.
Each of these people has his or her own chapter/s which let us see something of their character and concerns, and they rarely lead a life which is totally blameless - they are human enough to have faults and failings. This makes them more believable, and draws the reader's interest. They will often behave in a way which makes us shake our heads knowingly - we of course can see how this or that won't work out!
But as the story continues, with many twists and unexpected turns within events, we care about these characters more simply because their frailty is so human. We all (sometimes) do things we shouldn't. Sometimes this works out for the best, sometimes not. But life continues, and so it does for Jim and Gwen here.
I don't believe in giving away the whole story in a review, but this one takes place during the Second World War, which not many readers will be old enough to remember. It's full of descriptions and elements, based on real events, which I had never imagined, and it brought home some of the true costs of war to those who live through it. The research work done and the careful details provided here would merit five stars on their own, but in addition the actual story - or stories, rather - of how Gwen, Jim and various others coped with the dangers, the fears, the uncertainties of those dark days, deserves another five.
As always the book is beautifully written, so that the story flows seamlessly from page to page, chapter to chapter, and I found myself picking it up to read on almost as soon as I had closed it to do something else! I would recommend it to anyone who likes to read a story about real events from a past which isn't all that long ago, and the effect that those events can have on (almost) real people.
Rationing, the WVS, the scale of the bombing and the way war changes individuals as the impact of the second world war stuns all of Europe and the death toll rises are all well described, researched and documented.
I suppose what floated through my head was horrific as the bombing and loss of life was for Britain and as angry as individuals felt about what Hitler has unleashed upon them, how brutal for the soldiers fighting to free Europe of tyrrany, there was no mention or seeming understanding of the Jews or The holocaust for the average Brit or Canadian. Despite this vague feeling of something not quite acknowledged its a very very good story. Well written good dialogue characters that grew on me and I really enjoyed it a lot.
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