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  • Couldn’t put it down!

    Shirley’s books always draw me in from the first page and this one was no exception. I didn’t want to put it down! Set during WWII Freida a young German Jew was sent to England by her family to flee persecution. She was sent to live in the countryside with a widowed woman, Aunty Doris who ran the local post office. Freida was teased incessantly at the local school because of how she talked, how she looked and where she came from. Sandra was sent to an orphanage with her brother at a young age when her mum passed away and her father could no longer look after the two. At 15 she is released and finds work as a housemaid but things are less than wonderful and when situations arise and Sandra is without a job she applies to be a Land Girl. These two young girls come from vastly different backgrounds but when they meet they realize just how similar their situations are. A beautifully written story that pulls at your heart strings. Another 5 star read from Shirley Dickson! Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the advanced copy.

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  • Best Friends in Hard Times

    Frieda and Sandra meet in England working on a farm milking cows. Frieda is a Jewish girl sent to England to escape the Nazi's and Sandra is an orphan working as a Land Girl. They become good friends and help each other through some hard times. Both girls have brothers that are missing, Frieda's brother Kurt in Germany and Sandra's brother Alf in the RAF. They both have families that are gone, Frieda's an unknown fate in Germany and Sandra's no longer alive. They are both afloat in unfamiliar circumstances and help each other to adapt. Through the trauma of the war and through first love and heartbreak they are there for each other. It is a heartwarming story of love and sorrow and an endearing friendship. A story of a town with caring people and hard work to be done. The story was interesting, the characters were wonderful and I loved every page. I would like to read a 2nd book with the continuing story showing the girls reunited with their brothers and happy with their own lives and families. I hope the author writes one and continues the story. I would recommend this book, it is good clean reading , you will not be disappointed. Thanks to Shirley Dickson, Bookouture Publishing, and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review an advanced copy of the book.

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  • Friends for Life

    Two girls meet at a farm during the 2nd world war, and they found that they had a lot in common, one from Germany and the other from South Shields, story tells of how their were able to help each other and overcome their insecurities.

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  • A heart wrenching story

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It pulled at my heart strings. Very well written!

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  • A very well-written historical fiction novel.

    During World War II girls Frieda and Sandra meet under difficult circumstances. Not only are they among the many evacuees of the war, having had to flee their homes, they both lost their brothers. In Frieda's case, it was her brother Kurt, and Sandra, her brother Alf. A bit older than Frieda, Sandra takes her under her wing. Sandra refuses to give up hope of seeing Alf again, and looks forward to any correspondence she can get. Meanwhile, Frieda is heartbroken as it seems she will never see Kurt again. Although safe from the Germans on the farm where both girls now reside, things certainly are not easy. Fortunately, their friendship gives both girls strength and they grow into young women over the next several years. The Outcast Girls is a well-written historical fiction novel. For me as a reader, I will say it was rather fortunate that I was not reading of the horrid tragedies of the war with this particular book. I turned the pages quickly while reading, especially as my mind was reaching for hope for both Frieda and Sandra. This story definitely tug on my heartstrings. Reviewer's note: I applaud Ms. Dickson for dealing with a sensitive issue revolving around one of the girls in this particular genre and time period in history. As it was during World War II, diagnosis and treatment of the particular ailment mentioned was not clear at all. Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

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