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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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    WWII Women at Home in Britain

    WWII Women at Home in Britain This is an in-depth tale of the lives of two young women during the Second World War in Britain. Most of the story takes place in 1943 with bombings, food rationing and loss of life. It is a gripping tale that makes the reader feel like they lived this horror. The story is left a bit 'open-ended' for either a sequel or the reader to fill in the blanks. I became totally invested in this story almost immediately. I know that I will read this book again. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.
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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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    Historical Fiction at its best!

    What a page-turner this beautifully written, heart-wrenching story is. Frieda and her brother Kurt are living in Berlin in 1938 when their parents send them to an orphanage in England to be safe. As the boat gets ready to leave the port, Kurt jumps off and runs. Frieda go to the orphanage by herself and is eventually adopted by a woman she calls Aunty Doris. England, 1937, 15-year-old Sandra is released from an orphanage to begin working as a housemaid. Her brother Alf joins the service. Frieda gets fired from her job and joins the Land Army where young girls are hired to work as farmhands. It is there that she meets Frieda and they become friends. This is a real tug-at-your heartstrings book as the two girls grow and learn about life while becoming close friends and confidants. Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC of this outstanding book in exchange for an honest review.
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    Amazing story

    This is basically the story of 2 girls: Sandra and her brother Alf are sent to an English orphanage by their father after their mother dies. Then the father dies. The other girl is Frieda and her brother Kurt live in Germany but are sent by their parents to an organization in England for their safety because Hitler is rounding up Jews. The 2 girls end up working together on a farm in the country while their brothers fight in the war. What they all go thru is amazing...
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