A continuation of the stories from Crooked Heart and Old Baggage. Noel is now almost fifteen and, whilst negotiating adolescence, he and his ‘Aunt Margery’ are running a boarding house in Hampstead where the lodgers act as unofficial tutors for Noel.
It’s a lovely story where we are plunged into a world of rationing, making-do, the sudden terror of the V2 attacks, and the generosity of the American troops.
Everything appears to be rolling along to the end of the war when Aunt Margery witnesses an accident and suddenly the life she and Noel have created for themselves is under threat as her real identity may be uncovered.
In addition to following the story of Noel we also get to find out what happened to some the Amazons, the girls’ group set up by Noel’s godmother in ‘Old Baggage’ In particular Winnie, who is now in charge of the Air Raid Wardens at her post. And there are some graphic descriptions of the effects of bombing in here.
If I had to rank the trilogy in order I think I’d probably put this one as third out of the three, but I still loved it and was so glad to revisit the characters. If you’re new to the series please start at the beginning, you’ll get so much more out of it.