Synopsis: A moving historical novel about the German occupation of the Channel Islands from the bestselling author of The Poppy Field.

While her little sister Rose is sent to the UK to keep her safe from the invading German army, Estelle is left behind on Jersey to help her grandmother run the family farm. When the Germans occupy the island, everything changes and Estelle and the islanders must face the reality of life under Nazi rule.

Interspersed with letters from Rose back in London, the novel is also inspired by the real life stories from the author’s own family who were on the island during the occupation and is a true testament to the courage and bravery of the islanders.

Release Date: 25th June 2021

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Historical, WW2, Family, War,

Pages: 400

Thank you so much to One More Chapter and Netgalley with providing me with the ebook to read and review.

Review: I was drawn to this as it sounded so much like Guernsey Literary Pie Society which is a book I’ve read multiple times and love. I didn’t really find it as similar to that as I’d hoped, it was it’s own story with its very own tone to it.

The story is based on the authors own history of occupation time period on the Channel Islands, we read about Estelle who’s running her dads farm with her gran, her first relationship with Gerard and the take over of the nazi’s on her island including having one come live in their home. We also read the story from young Rosie who got sent to mainland England to live with her aunt, dealing with air raid sirens daily, all wants was to be home with her sister.

This book was great, I didn’t love it but it was a good read and offered up a different insight to WW2 and how the residents of Jersey dealt with it. The story was written in a pretty tame way, it was a slow read, but I can see this being enjoyed so much by the right demographic.

I do recommend this book as I can see this being a very loved book by so many, I liked it a lot and know members of my family that would love reading this.

About Author: Deborah Carr is the author of USA TODAY bestseller The Poppy Field.

She writes historical fiction for HarperCollins’ romance imprint One More Chapter. Een Veld Vol Klaprozen, the Dutch translation of The Poppy Field was published by HarperCollins Holland in January 2020.

The first two books in her Mrs Boots series inspired by Florence Boot, the wife of Boots founder, Jesse Boot, will be published in 2020.

She lives on the island of Jersey with her husband and three rescue dogs. She is one of The Blonde Plotters and a co-founder of the multi-award-winning platform, (My Virtual Literary Festival).


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