Nora is just 12 when the war breaks out and she joins trainloads of evacuees leaving London's East End for the safety of rural Kent. Her surrogate family,the Rivers,are unline anyone she has ever met and she soon comes to lover her new life with them,in particular with their daughter Grace. The two become as close as sisters,although, to Nora's confusion,even this is not quite as close as she would like. What happens next is a secret that wil eat away at Nora for the rest of her life.
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An inverted Goodnight Mister Tom
Catherine Hall's novel mines some very familiar areas: evacuation, forbidden and emerging love, guilt and redemption. However, her attention to detail and the use of two time periods creates a very convincing and character-driven tale. Sheila Mitchell's narration defines the different time periods brilliantly.