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Publisher's Summary

A new Second World War novel from best-selling author Diney Costeloe, based on a gripping and moving true story.

Plymouth, 1941. As sirens blare all around, the Shawbrook family take refuge in a packed shelter. Bombs have already begun to fall through the night sky when they realise their infant son, Freddie, has been forgotten in the rush, left to sleep in his crib. Terrified, Vera, his young mother, races to find him and bring him to safety.

The next morning, air raid warden David Shawbrook returns from his watch to find the shelter pulverised, and his family seemingly all dead. Dirty footprints inside their home betray the looters who have rifled through the house.

Meanwhile, Maggie waits alone for her husband. Since the death of her infant son, she passes her days at home with neither joy nor aim. But not this morning. For this morning her husband has brought home a child, found abandoned in the aftermath of the terrible raid - a child she is sure is the one she held in her arms so many months before.

©2021 Diney Costeloe (P)2021 W F Howes

Critic Reviews

"Truly captivating." (Woman & Home)

"This is a truly captivating [listen] that brings together vibrant characters and a historical setting." (Woman's Own)

"A gripping saga." (My Weekly)

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more if a long short story than a great read

the story got there in the end but it wasn't a startlingly great read. this was not a book that I couldn't put down. but I was happy to read until the end. narrator very versatile and did well.

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  • Linda jauncey
  • 05-10-2021

Great book!

I loved this book and was very sorry when It had finished it. It was very well narrated and an excellent story.

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  • Kat
  • 20-09-2021

Excellent!

Thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Diney Costeloe never fails to deliver. I’ve loved all the books of hers I’ve listened to. Thanks audible!

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  • Mr S G Moule
  • 07-01-2022

fabulous story well read

the story was gripping. it was very well written and read. I am familiar with Plymouth so the social history was particularly interesting to me.

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  • Kate FENNELLY
  • 05-01-2022

Excellent book

Some good twists and different stories to follow throughout.

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  • Christineb
  • 22-09-2021

Boring Predictable Story

Not very entertaining Story was so underwhelming Characters where either good or bad Very boring

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