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8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

A great Summer Read!

**Review of Advanced Reading Edition**
Husband off to war, caring for two girls and an addled mother-in-law, our heroine, Vivienne, must quickly decide if she should evacuate to the mainland from Guernsey and the Channel Islands. Each choice is fraught with potential ...
**Review of Advanced Reading Edition**
Husband off to war, caring for two girls and an addled mother-in-law, our heroine, Vivienne, must quickly decide if she should evacuate to the mainland from Guernsey and the Channel Islands. Each choice is fraught with potential problems. It's early in World War II and England herself is being bombed. London, where Vivienne has connections, is perilous. An impending invasion by the Nazis carries unknown risks, but rumors are rife. Surely the War won't last long? At the last, she packs up her daughters and trundles granny to a neighbor. Waiting to board the last boat out, she belatedly opts for perceived safety once she sees the tiny boat and the numbers of refugees queuing to board her. And this only takes us through the first 25 pages!

Vivenne must live with this decision, despite bombings, deprivation and the stationing of Nazi officers at the house next door. Where does compromise to survive bleed into complicity with the enemy? How does one raise teenagers in wartime? How far does one go to protect a stranger?

I truly enjoyed this book. The description of the bombing of the harbor was particularly harrowing. Leroy's portrayal of the daughters, one in grade school, the other a teenager were spot on. So believable. Also ringing true was the relationship with the mother-in-law whose mind is starting to wander. These are true, fleshed out characterizations. The story is fast paced - the pages just kept on turning. I wish the love story with Gunther was equally compelling. Yes, it is forbidden, yes, it was alive with danger, but no, it didn't work for me. Because the other story lines were so involving, I kept with it to the end, although I would have been quite happy without the epilogue.

posted by MichiganBlue on June 18, 2011

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Having problems with this one

I'm having problems getting through this book. It's really slow reading and shallow. I'm not connecting with the characters either. I've enjoyed reading other books about war, occupation and interaction with the enemy, so it's not the topic. I don't think I would re...
I'm having problems getting through this book. It's really slow reading and shallow. I'm not connecting with the characters either. I've enjoyed reading other books about war, occupation and interaction with the enemy, so it's not the topic. I don't think I would read another book by this authori.

posted by JacksonvilleReader on April 18, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    Not as in depth as one would hope

    while the story is compelling at times, the writing seems a bit jumpy. Not quite finishing a thought before its on to the next point.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    Ok read.....

    The plot was nice the book was a little dry at fust butvtgevpace was better toward the middle.

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