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The combination of Bradley's insightful and sensitive writing and Entwistle's ability to bring these characters to life with her expert narration is nothing short of masterful. This is book two in The War Series, and picks up about five days after where book one finished. It's best to start with book one if you are new to the series. Bradley artfully embeds a recap of highlights from book one into the first few chapters of book two--but do yourself a favor and listen to The War That Saved My Life first--it's really a wonderful story.
Bradley continues to create an amazing WWII homefront story. She is able to truly capture these beautiful characters struggling with living outside their comfort zones and learning the complexities of life, personal responsibility and identity. The story deals in such a positive way with the difficult concepts of loss, fear, and hardship. Further, it deftly explores love, forgiveness and complicated feelings of connection.
While this book is listed in children's fiction, I think the title transcends age and is a must listen for lovers of historic fiction. To me, this is not to be missed. Absolute perfection.
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I enjoyed the first book in this series (The War That Saved My Life) immensely, which you can see from my earlier review. You really need to read that book first. But after you do, you will definitely want to continue on to see how Ada's life progresses in this current book.
As a reminder, Ada was a young girl living in pre-WW2 London. She was severely mistreated by her mother due to her clubfoot and escaped with her younger brother, Jamie, to the countryside when London children were being evacuated for safety reasons. There, the two children serendipitously fell into the hands of loving caretaker, Susan, where Ada's needs were met for perhaps the first time in her life and Jamie thrived, as well.
Starting this book, you may be wondering if the children's mother returns to claim them, if Ada's foot is fixable, if the children can remain with Susan, how the continuing and worsening war affects everyone, is the 'benefactor' Mrs. Thorton a negative or positive factor, who is the German girl, Ruth, (a spy??) and why ever is she in the Thorton home, and so on! If you loved book one as I did, this is a must read. If you haven't read book one, you are in for a special treat with both books.
These two books are alot like comfort food. Adding to the pleasure is a wonderful narration by Jane Entwistle. I am inspired to look for more books by the author, Brubaker Bradley and the narrator. This is what I LOVE about audiobooks!
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