Annie sang quietly, holding Derek's baby blue cardigan and trying to detect a familiar smell. The same cardigan he was supposed to wear at his christening.
Annie and her friends leave Ireland in 1926 young and optimistic, hoping to find a better life in Liverpool. Only things do not turn out the way they had imagined.
Annie falls in love, marries and starts a family of her own. But with the onset of World War Two comes tragedy and loss, testing Annie's strength to the limit.
Little does she realise that the salvation of her loved ones lies partly with a German woman named Hilde, whose life and situation mirrors Annie's own.
'Liverpool Connection' is the second book of a trilogy and is based on a true story. The first book, 'The Night I Danced with Rommel', tells Hilde's story. The books are historical novels based on facts and tell the writer's family history.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Interesting story of survival during WW II Liverpool Connection gives an insight into the lives of people living during the blitz. We follow the challenges facing a young mother, Annie, as she cares for her children in difficult conditions - lack of heat, food, fear of the bombing raids. I especially found the “how people actually lived” aspect of the story fascinating - Ms. Marrion breathes life into people who lived through the traumatic events of World War II. History textbooks just stick to the facts - I prefer knowing how people actually felt, which is precisely what the author conveyed in this page turner. I felt as if I were part of Annie’s family, living through the hardships faced by those left behind while men went off to war - hardships worsened once the war was over as the devastated countries started to rebuild. Liverpool Connection is a poignant tale of love, sacrifice and honor amongst the innocent civilians caught up in the politics of the day. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
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A beautiful narrative about family and the trials and tribulations surrounding WWII – uniquely from the German perspective. “Liverpool Connection” unfolds a struggle for survival that is tangible, with characters that are animated and warm, with complex pasts – I like how you can sense their desperation during various plot twists. I immediately appreciated how well edited this piece was - very easy to follow. The author evidently put much thought and research into her work – the details conveying wartime struggles were palpable - the madness of warfare, the stress ensued by bombings and dwindling food supplies. The author paints a vibrant picture of bleak times, managing to transport the reader seemingly effortless to a place so dark and filled with despair and loss, though in the end she succeeded in conveying the overriding strength of friendship. A very enjoyable, heartfelt read – perfect book to curl up with!