It is Xmas….60 odd books behind…so here is what Goodreads had to say: “Nora was a girl of twelve when the war broke out and she was forced to join the train-loads of evacuees leaving London’s East End for rural Kent. Her surrogate family, the Rivers family, are unlike anyone she has met before and she soon comes to love her new life with them, and in particular with twelve-year-old Grace. Over the next few years, as the dogfights rage ever more fiercely over head and it becomes clear that the Rivers’ marriage contains deep and irreparable cracks, Nora and Grace grow as close as sisters – though, to Nora’s confusion, even this is not quite as close as she would like. What happened next is a secret that will gnaw away at Nora for the rest of her life – a secret that she can only begin to tell when she is certain that she is approaching the end.”
This book is set in ‘the present’ with the elderly Nora and a Pregnant all but homeless girl she rescues and in flashback to her Evacuee Summers and beyond. It is actually very good. The developing relationship with her new friend and the souring of the relationships of the past are neatly intertwined and comment emotionally and metaphorically on each other with great dramatic effect. Will Nora share the dark secret that is literally eating her away in side?
Think Sarah Waters meets Maeve Binchy. it’s a bit gay too, which is always nice!