“If at all possible, send or take your household animals into the country in advance of an emergency. If you cannot place them in the care of neighbours, it really is kindest to have them destroyed.”
Joanna Ryan’s father has gone off to war, leaving her in the care of her step-mother, a woman more concerned with having a good time than being any sort of parent to her.
But then she finds a puppy, left for dead, and Joanna’s becomes determined to save him, sharing her meagre rations with him. But, in a time of war, pets are only seen as an unnecesary burden and she is forced to hide her new friend, Harry from her step-mother and the authorities. With bombs falling over Bristol and with the prospect of evacuation on the horizon can they keep stay together and keep each other safe?
What I Thought:
War Orphans is what I would classify as a lovely book. I read a lot of crime fiction, so to read a story with some heart is a very nice change!
Joanna is a determined little girl, who is abominably treated by her stepmother, and finds comfort in an equally determined puppy. Despite her deprivations and the very poor conduct of her stepmother, she keeps her strength and spirit to help her puppy survive – making new friends along the way.
The supporting characters, including Joanna’s caring young teacher are a world away from Joanna’s own domestic situation, but they have heartaches of their own, made worse by the continuation of the war.
It really isn’t spoiling anything to say that the book wraps up to the reader’s satisfaction and War Orphans is a rewarding, heart-warming read.
I was sent a copy of this book as part of the War Orphans blog tour and in return for an honest review.