Under the Apple Tree
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Under the Apple Tree

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Another wonderful wartime saga from this much-loved author.Portsmouth, January 1941. When the Luftwaffe unleashes its full fury on the city in the first of three major blitzes, the Taylor family are bombed out. Judy finds her job relocated from the gutted Guildhall to a hotel in Southsea, and home is now a small terraced house in April Grove, with one fewer bedroom and no bathroom or inside lavatory. And then there is the news she has been dreading: her sailor fiance has been killed. Judy and her young, recently widowed aunt Polly decide to turn their grief to good account and join the WVS, running canteens, accompanying evacuee children and helping the families of servicemen, 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 both find it in the least likely manner.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 52 x 168 x 34mm | 222.26g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0752859293
  • 9780752859293
  • 941,056

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Heartwarming characters that leave you wanting more--Dee Williams The emotions of the people ... are real and vivid ... It is a book which brings home to people who were not there ... the realities of life which their parents or grandparents faced--Historical Novels Review A warm compelling novel of love and sacrifice in extraordinary times--My Weeklyshow more

About Lilian Harry

Lilian Harry grew up in Gosport, on the shores of Portsmouth Harbour, and now lives on the edge of Dartmoor with two miniature schnauzers who allow her just enough room on the sofa. She is a keen bellringer and walker, and enjoys taking part in village life. Her daughter and two grandchildren live nearby. Follow Lilian on Twitter @LilianHarry or visit www.orionbooks.co.uk to find out more.show more

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83 ratings
4.15 out of 5 stars
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4 30% (25)
3 14% (12)
2 8% (7)
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