There are some things which even the closest friendship cannot survive.... Neighbours Edie Kelsey and Lil Horton have been friends for more than twenty years, sharing the joys and sorrows of tough lives as the wives of fishermen in Grimsby.
So it was no surprise that their children were close and that Edie's son, Frank, and Lil's daughter, Irene, would fall in love and marry at a young age. But the declaration of war in 1939 changes everything. Frank goes off to fight, and Irene and baby Tommy, along with Edie's youngest son, are sent to the countryside for safety. With Edie's husband, Archie, fishing the dangerous waters in the North Sea and daughter Beth in London doing "important war work", Edie's family is torn apart.
Friendship sustains Edie and Lil, but tragedy follows, and there's concern that Beth seems to have disappeared. But it is Irene's return, during the VE day celebrations, that sends shockwaves through the family and threatens to tear Edie and Lil's friendship apart forever.
©2015 Margaret Dickinson (P)2015 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
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loved it from start to finish
I could really visualise some of the characters in this book
It was a little slow at the beginning but then I enjoyed the story once I knew who was who
It was interesting to hear about what went on in war times
Narration was good thought the characters believable you were going through the war years with them really enjoyed it
loved it - so true to life during war time and liked the narrator
Quite high up
Ones at the docks and Freeman Street.
Both. Having been and brought up in Grimsby could relate to story with personal memories.
Although I wasn't born until after WW2, I still found many scenes unchanged until later.
Really good characters and a story that flows at a nice pace. I liked the core of the family and how the strands of the other stories remained connected to that. I would've liked a little longer to the ending.
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