Young Frances Field arrives in a scenic coastal village in Scotland, having escaped her dreary life as an orphan, treated as little more than a servant by an uncle and aunt. Once there, she encounters an array of eccentric locals, the occasional roar of enemy planes overhead and three army wives - Elise, Tommy and Tillie - who become fast friends. Elise warns Frances of the discomforts of military life, but she’s inclined to disregard the advice when she meets the dashing and charming Captain Guy Tarlatan.
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- Jerri C
WWII Home Front
There are a lot of novels out there about England during WWII. This one by D. E. Stevenson has the added distinction of having been written during WWII, at a time when the outcome of the war was unknown. Frances Field has lead a very sheltered life, caring for and housekeeping for her aunt and uncle. When they leave London because of the bombing, Frances grabs the chance to attempt to live her own life and takes a holiday in a small village in Scotland. Frances learns about the world and herself, aided by a regiment of soldiers, who have also just moved to the area to a camp, where they will train until deployed somewhere. And by the wives of some of the officers who become her first real friends. There is romance, WWII home front details, lovely background of the west coast of Scotland and much more. A delight. And Leslie Mackie does a great job of narrating the tale.
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