A compelling debut novel set in the Second World War by a wonderful new talent.
August 1939: Thirteen-year-old Poppy Brown is evacuated to a village in Dorset. Tired and frightened, she arrives with nothing but her gasmask and a change of clothes to her name. Billeted at a grand country house, Poppy is received with cold indifference above stairs and gets little better treatment from the servants. Lonely and missing the family she left behind in London, Poppy is devastated when she hears that they have been killed in the Blitz.
Circumstances force Poppy to move to the suburbs and into the company of unwelcoming strangers once more. Earning a meagre income as a hospital cleaner, as the war continues to rage, Poppy longs to do her duty. And as soon as she is able to, she starts her training as a nurse. With the man she loves fighting in the skies above Europe, Poppy battles to survive the day to day hardships and dangers of wartime, wondering if she’ll ever see him again…
“I thoroughly enjoyed it.”
“A gently, heart warming ... coming of age story.”
Historical Novels Review
“Saga fans will be swept up in the heart-lifting story.”
Peterborough Evening Telegraph
4 stars, Star Magazine
“A sweet tale.”