Read from 30 August – 11 September, 2020.
Synopsis: What was it like for children growing up in rural Suffolk during World War 2?
Elsie and her family live in a small double-storey cottage in Bungay, Suffolk. Every night she lies awake listening anxiously for the sound of the German bomber planes. Often they come and the air raid siren sounds signalling that the family must leave their beds and venture out to the air raid shelter in the garden.
Despite the war raging across the English channel, daily life continues with its highlights, such as Christmas and the traditional Boxing Day fox hunt, and its wary moments when Elsie learns the stories of Jack Frost and the ghostly and terrifying Black Shuck that haunts the coastline and countryside of East Anglia.
Includes some authentic World War 2 recipes.
Bookish Things: 99 Pages. The cover is simplistic but does suit the content.
Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $2.97.
I truly wasn’t sure what to expect going into this book, but what I experienced was a jumbled, stiff, mess of memories that really didn’t flow well.
There was little to no storyline that drew the reader along with the story. The characters are only very basically described and explored. This to me reads like a case of the author having so much information about their characters in their head, but the reader has none of that. It falls very short.
I would only pick this up if you want to read some memoir-type memories of how the war might have impacted children. It does not read as fiction, it is missing basic fiction fundamentals.
Also, the PDF copy provided really needs some additional formatting for best use on the kindle, it was very distracting having every 6th page or so in size 18 font while the rest of the story was in size 10.