Under the Apple Tree

Under the Apple Tree

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Life is anxious for the Taylor family, as it is for everyone in Portsmouth during the early days of 1941. The worst happens on January 10th, when the Luftwaffe unleashes its full fury on the city in the first of three major blitzes. The Taylors are bombed out, Judy finds her local government job relocated from the gutted Guildhall to a hotel in Southsea, and home is now a small terraced house in April Grove, with one less bedroom and no bathroom or inside lavatory. To add to their troubles, Judy's sailor fiance is killed. Judy is befriended by the Lady Mayoress who invites her to join her team of WVS workers. Her young, recently widowed aunt Polly, determined to turn her own grief to good account, decides to become a volunteer and together they work on the various projects of the WVS - running canteens, accompanying evacuee children to their destinations, helping the families of servicemen, feeding and clothing the homeless, organising scrap collections and so on - often in the face of danger from air raids, flying bombs and V2 rockets. Gradually, Judy and Polly find their own grief healing as they take part not only in their war work but in the life of April Grove, and although both are at first convinced they will never know love again, they each find it in the least likely manner.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 158 x 234 x 38mm | 680.4g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0752851276
  • 9780752851273

Review quote

'This story is set in Portsmouth around the years of World War II and centres on the way one family coped and survived... it tells their story of rationing and coping with shortages of most commodities. But there's a thread of hope throughout, lifting the story.' BEST 'Under the Apple Tree is full of warm, authentic characters living through extraordinary times.' MY WEEKLY 'In typical Lilian Harry style, UNDER THE APPLE TREE is full of warm, authentic characters, perfectly capturing the true spirit of courage and sacrifice in wartime... This is another delightful novel from a popular and talented author.' -- BOLTON EVENING NEWS 'This is the 10th in a series of sagas strong in period and local detail... heart-warming.' EAST ANGLIAN DAILY TIMES 'This novel captures the true spirit of courage and sacrifice in wartime, and it brings home the reality of how everyone rallied round.' EVENING PRESS 'Harry is another well-loved author whose traditional family sagas set in Portsmouth see impressive sales... It will, no doubt fly off the shelves.' BOOKSELLERshow more

About Lilian Harry

Lilian Harry grew up in Portsmouth and now lives in a village on the edge of Dartmoor with two ginger cats. She has a son, a daughter and two grandchildren, and is a keen walker.show more

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77 ratings
4.07 out of 5 stars
5 43% (33)
4 31% (24)
3 17% (13)
2 9% (7)
1 0% (0)
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