I loved this book- it really takes you through the range of emotions. Heartwarming and heartbreaking in turn. The characters form deep childhood friendships that see them into adulthood. Maureen falls in love with Jack next door whilst climbing a tree as a child and hopes to spend the rest of her life married to him.
We feel the after effects of the first world war still lying on the shoulders of Maureen’s dad- whilst the second world war is approaching. He has never recovered and you experience the damaging effect it had on families when post traumatic stress was still a diagnosis way in the future.
Maureen finds work in a delightful book shop and eases the financial hardship for the family.
We see romances blossom and heartbreak rear its head as war takes hold. I really got drawn into the story and couldn’t put it down