Friday 3 August 2018

An Orphan’s War by Molly Green


Family Drama / Romance

“War rages, but the women and children of Liverpool’s Dr Barnado’s Home cannot give up hope. An Orphan’s War is a gripping saga about love and loss on the Home Front.”

Liverpool, 1940. Young Maxine Grey is widowed when Johnny, her sweetheart from the days of their childhood, is killed in action. For her, life seems over, but then she takes up nursing in London where she meets surgeon Edwin Blake, but he is not the man she thinks he is. When the Blitz hits London Maxine returns to Liverpool, with a complication that was more than she bargained for. She starts a new career at the orphanage in the hope of finding the comfort she needs to carry on with her life. One little boy, Peter, in particular seems in need of care and help; this little boy’s plight and story created a very emotional read. I recommend a box of tissues to hand. It was also pleasant to meet up again with June from Ms Green’s previous novel, An Orphan in the Snow. I do like it when authors bring in little snippets of past, much-liked characters-  it gives a novel that extra feel of reality.

Memorable characters, a well written, plausible plot and very good descriptions of the time and place. The scenes and details of Dr Barnardos was especially interesting as the plight of orphans is rarely considered when we think of World War Two. We know of the Blitz, the fighting abroad, the convoy ships but often forget the ordinary people surviving day-to-day ‘back home’.

This was an easy, pleasant read, which I enjoyed while sitting in a deckchair in a shady spot in my garden, iced tea and custard creams to hand.

There could not have been a better way to while away a sunny Sunday afternoon.

© Molly Chapple

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