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  • Twins Stick Together

    This book tugs at the heartstrings. It is beautifully written and the characters are perfect. I love how Jacob is protective of his disabled sister and how Molly is so close to her brother. How they had to leave their mother at eight years old and go on a train to strange places and strange people. The mysterious letter Jacobs mother trusted him with when they were leaving and how that letter played out after their mother died in a factory accident. It is a story of two twins evacuated to the countryside during WWII to escape the bombing in London. It is the story of the villagers where they were sent and how they loved and cared for the twins. This is a story of love and tragedy, of loss and of happiness. It is of how people lived through the war and although they all had problems they had compassion to help others. I would recommend this book, it is a good read. You might want to have some Kleenex handy as parts are sad. I know you will love it as much as I did. Thanks to Shirley Dickson, Bookouture, and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy in return for an honest review.

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  • A heartening book of children's resilience

    What a lovely, heartening book, well written and a very entertaining read. Martha has two children, twins, and is struggling to cope during the war. She therefore makes the difficult decision to evacuate them to the country, so she can earn money for a new life after the war. Molly and Jacob find life in the country very different, and their resilience is tested time and again, as it seems that everyone they love and depend on are taken away from them. The story takes us on their journey, as they are determined to stay together. Its a lovely read, I really enjoyed it. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for allowing me access to the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Excellent WWII Historical Fiction

    This is another outstanding WWII Historical Fiction by Author Shirley Dickson. What a fantastic page-turner! Martha is an unwed mother who has twins, Molly and Jacob, that her mother is helping her raise. As the war escalates with bombings becoming more frequent, their home is hit while Martha is away working. Martha's mother is killed and she makes the difficult decision to evacuate her children to the country to live in order to keep them safe. This story is heartbreaking with all of the obstacles the children face, yet their strength, resilience and loyalty to each other is astonishing. Keep the tissues handy because you will need them! Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC of this amazing book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Wonderful WW2 story

    Loved this story by Shirley Dickson about two young children, Molly and Jacob who are sent to the English countryside during WW2 after their home is bombed and their grandmother is killed. Their mom has to work in a munitions factory and was hopeful that the twins would be safer in the countryside. There is a lot of historical fiction written about WW2 but this book is mainly about the twins and how they struggled to adapt in a strange place during the war. Molly suffers from a handicap and Jacob has always been her protector. He sticks up for her when she's bullied and they start to adjust to life in their new home. Many setbacks occur and Molly and Jacob are constantly aware of the uncertainty of their future.

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  • 10 stars Compelling, Gripping Mesmerizing

    A gripping storyline from beginning to the end! The author has done a magnificent portrayal of what displaced children must have endured and experienced during England’s traumatic War torn cities! The children, Molly & Jacob are shuffled around between homes and then when their mother is killed, they are just thrown into a panic because who and where do they go to now? How horrible for so many children to discover that they no longer have families and they are left with anyone who will take them into their homes. What if those individuals were not good people? How many children ended up enduring lives of abuse and suffering? Jacob has a secret letter he is only to open in an emergency. He is wondering if his mother’s death would be considered that time? What a burden to place on a child to make that type of decision! This book was so compelling that I was brought to tears! The author has phenomenal insight into the characters and drew every ounce of life into them that made them just jump off the pages! I would buy this book and recommend it! I would give it more than 5 stars if I could! I received an advanced copy from NetGalley and these are my willingly given thoughts and opinions!

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