Orphans of War

The ones you leave behind are the ones that stay with you forever… 

When Madeleine Belfield loses her family and her home in the Blitz, she is sent to live with relatives in the relative safety of the Yorkshire Dales. On board the steam train Maddy befriends Gloria Conley and her brother Sid, abandoned by their desperate mother. Although Maddy and Gloria are chalk and cheese, they soon vow to be ‘forever friends’.

When tragedy strikes, there’s only one place she can go! A captivating debut from a born storyteller. When 8-year-old Mirren Gilchrist is orphaned after a tragic accident, she is sent to live with her estranged relatives deep in the Yorkshire Dales. She struggles to fit in, her town ways a mystery to the country children.

One day, fleeing school — and the cane — she takes refuge from a fierce snowstorm in the ruins of a stone cottage. Legend has it that World’s End is haunted but Mirren has finally found somewhere she can call home and her love affair with this magical place begins. It’s the place she falls in love with Jack, the place she secretly hopes will one day become their very own.

But the Second World War arrives and everything is thrown into turmoil. Jack returns from leave a changed man — violent and uncaring, a cruel streak shining though. Mirren struggles to cope with the transformed Jack and new motherhood. Then tragedy strikes and history looks set to repeat itself. Is heartache here to stay or can Mirren find solace and inspiration in the only place she has ever felt truly safe?


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