War Story

War Story

3.31 (22 ratings by Goodreads)
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Mistreated by her tyrant of a father in a remote Scottish glen, Maggie finds refuge in her position as a servant at rambling Dulcimer Hall in Sussex. But the arrival of war turns her life upside down as she and the children she looks after are evacuated to America. There Maggie blossoms, stirring jealousy within the household, and though it is Maggie who averts a potential tragedy, she must in the end come home alone. Working as a WAAF driver, one day she picks up a pilot whom she recognises: it's David Vorst, a cousin of the Dulcimer family, with whom she has already fallen in love, and whose wife was the cause of Maggie's departure from America. David has grown disillusioned with the selfish woman he married, and his heart is Maggie's: but how can he abandon his wife and her children? Sure that he won't, Maggie returns to the Highlands to lay old ghosts and find new dreams - little knowing that her old dreams could yet come true.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 166 x 241 x 40mm | 723g
  • Headline Publishing Group
  • Headline Book Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747268614
  • 9780747268611

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Praise for Sara Hely and "War Story"--"I devoured War Story with enormous pleasure. What a masterly story-teller Sara Hely is, and how good at creating characters in whom one believes and whose destiny one cares about!" --Philip Ziegler, author of" Soldiers: Fighting Men's Lives, 1901-2001"--"I couldn't have liked it more, especially the way Hely combines a sweeping story with a wonderful sense of intimacy--I really felt I knew these people and was totally involved. . . . Gorgeous." --Sarah Harrison, author of "The Grass Memorial"--"What a plot! What a flock of characters! What a prose style!" --"Washington Post""--""[An] entertaining, sprawling World War II story, with [an] "Upstairs, Downstairs" feel" --"Booklist"--"Readers will appreciate the depth to this World War II romance. . . . The cast is fully developed so those key secondary players enable the audience to value the star-crossed lovers and obtain a sense of 1940s life while demanding Sara Hely deliver more period pieces like this delightful historical." --"Midwest Book Review"--"Sara Hely writes with both compassion and humour, which she uses to breathe life into a rich array of characters and to tell a compelling love story. . . . A gifted storyteller." --"Historical Novels Review""--""This is a lovely romance that captures the essence of the era and the characters who lived through those turbulent, life-changing times. There are many poignant moments, and readers' heartstrings are played upon with skill. Fans of World War II romances will find WAR STORY more than satisfying." --"Romantic Times"--"An enjoyable family saga . . . [Hely] is a natural writer." --"Country Life" (U.K.)show more

About Sara Hely

Born in London in the 1930s, Sara Hely was evacuated to America during the Second World War, and then lived in Ireland before settling in Scotland with her husband.show more

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22 ratings
3.31 out of 5 stars
5 5% (1)
4 36% (8)
3 45% (10)
2 14% (3)
1 0% (0)
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