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Kate Voigt and her father Carl have always been at the heart of Magnolia Square. Then war breaks out, and suddenly it feels as though the Voigts - with their German blood - are outcasts in their own community. When Carl is interned, Kate's only support comes from her best friend Carrie and her beloved sweetheart Toby, who is working as a pilot in the RAF. But when Toby is killed, and Carrie suddenly turns against her, Kate finds herself pregnant and very much alone.
Late one Christmas Eve she is approached by a wounded sailor looking for lodgings. Like Kate, Leon Emmerson is also a lonely misfit and they soon strike up a rapport. But as their friendship and the war develops, and Kate experiences one traumatic event after another, she wonders if she will ever be a part of Magnolia Square again.
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