We Must Be Brave

Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (586 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best seller

"A powerful story that proves how love itself requires courage." (Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdads Sing)

Spanning the sweep of the 20th century, We Must Be Brave explores the fierce love that we feel for our children and the power of that love to endure. Beyond distance, beyond time, beyond life itself.

A woman. A war. The child who changed everything.

December 1940. As German bombs fall on Southampton, England, during World War II, the city's residents flee to the surrounding villages. In Upton village, amid the chaos, newly married Ellen Parr finds a girl asleep, unclaimed at the back of an empty bus. Little Pamela, it seems, is entirely alone.

Ellen has always believed she does not want children, but when she takes Pamela into her home, the child cracks open the past Ellen thought she had escaped and the future she and her husband, Selwyn, had dreamed for themselves. As the war rages on, love grows where it was least expected, surprising them all. But with the end of the fighting comes the realization that Pamela was never theirs to keep. Spanning the sweep of the 20th century, We Must Be Brave explores the fierce love that we feel for our children and the power of that love to endure. Beyond distance, beyond time, beyond life itself.

©2019 Frances Liardet (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Poignant and absorbing." (People)

"Be prepared to surrender - to Liardet's gorgeous prose, her haunting storyline, and the question that will lodge in your heart long after you’ve finished: What would I have done? For anyone who has ever loved a child, this stirring debut will work its way indelibly into the folds of your memory, and of your heart." (Georgia Hunter, New York Times best-selling author of We Were the Lucky Ones)

"Dazzling... As a testament to parental love and its relationship to the heartbreaking, healing, almost ungraspable passage of time, We Must Be Brave is a great success: richly observed, lovingly drawn, and determinedly clear-eyed to the last." (Guardian UK)

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Best by far

I am an audible addict and have been happy with all my book choices. But I have to say that We Must Be Brave is my favorite. Great performances and a wonderfully moving story.

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10 stars

If I could’ve given it 10 stars overall, 10 for performance, 10 for the story, I would’ve.
Thank you Frances Liardet and to the narrators. superb!

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Great Book

story was great could listen to more.Narration was wonderful to listen too. Will look for more from the author.l

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Beautiful

Lovely story and beautifully narrated. Brought tears it was such a great book. Must read.

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Beautiful and Heartwarming

Raw and vulnerable love. Fantastic audible and book .... blessed to have read it. Highly recommend!

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heartbreakingly beautiful

this beautiful story was made all the better by an absolutely stunning reading. 5 easy stars.

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I wanted more

This was a marvelous book. I only wanted to know more about Pamela and her life I can see a second book possibly.

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Great storytelling

This was a good bit of storytelling although sometimes heartbreaking much like real life. Narrator did a great job.

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Every word was a feast to me

This is one of my most enjoyable books in the audible books I have been listening to over the last couple of years! It was poetry!

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Mostly Wonderful

The first 2/3 of the book was rich and detailed, character driven and beautifully narrated, but suddenly the story leapt over huge chunks of time & the details became vague & sparse. I felt frustrated with both the main characters towards the end and neither narrator sounded natural doing the voices for their aged character.

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