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The first brilliant WWII novel by Emma Hornby, best-selling author of A Shilling for a Wife
Bolton, Lancashire: 1940
A family torn apart by war, held together by a secret....
Janie and her husband, James, have a strong, loving marriage. A move from an inner-city slum to a peaceful new estate outside of Bolton should have been a fresh start for them and their three children. But when war is declared and James announces he has signed up, Janie fears it's the beginning of the end.
Waving goodbye to their menfolk is a sacrifice that families are making all over the country, and Janie does her best to make do, forging friendships in her new community.
But when James comes home on leave a traumatised and desperate man, then goes AWOL, Janie's heart goes out to him. Determined to keep him safe, she plans to hide him in their new house. But how long can they keep the secret, and what threats lie ahead if they're found out?
A pause-resisting new wartime saga about love, friendship and secrets, for fans of Katie Flynn and Rosie Goodwin.
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Very poor narration
The story itself was excellent, sadly, the narration left me cold. As a Boltonian born and bred both the accent and the characters were so wrong. The characters all sounded over the age of 60 - even the younger ones - the main characters sounded more like Ena Sharples and Minnie Caldwell from the very early days of Coronation St, not two 30 year olds with young babies/children . So spoiled this long awaited novel for me.