The Orphans Letters

Good day, dear readers,

It has been a busy month of reading so far! There are so many fabulous books out there, and it can be hard to decide what to read next. Harper Collins offered me a copy of “The Orphan’s Letters” by Glynis Peters, and I could not say no. I am so glad I didn’t! I LOVED the book!

Rating: 5/5 stars

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The Orphan’s Letters Excerpt:

Absence makes the heart grow fonder, but does nothing to heal the pain of spending every minute waiting to hear the worst…

As the Second World War wages on, nurse Kitty Pattison’s life takes a nomadic turn as her work with the Red Cross sees her traversing the country, moving from post to post.

With her best friends Jo and Trixie also scattered across the UK, and her soldier sweetheart Michael off on the continent undertaking medical missions he can’t discuss, the war takes its toll and long days are followed by sleepless nights interrupted only by nightmares of what she’s seen on the wards.

Now, Kitty’s hopes rise and fall with the arrival of the post – the only thing that keeps her connected to her aunt and uncle, her dear friends, and her Michael – and every moment spent with those she loves is held dear, because each one could be the last…

My Review:

This was a fabulous book. Kitty, who was an orphan, understands the lives that these orphans are leading, and what they need. She jumps at the chance to take care of the orphans and is devastated when the program is shut down, due to space needed for wounded troops. She continues in her Red Cross duties and finds little snippets of time to spend with her fiance, as the war continues raging across Europe.

The story here is profound in so many ways. From the “back at home” care that troops were receiving, to the shores of Normandy, this book takes you on a journey. It was hard to put down once you started, as you are drawn deeper into the war-torn lives of the characters. The struggles, the triumphs, the heartbreaks – each lends itself to the inner feelings of what many were going through, yet are told in such a way as to be relatable.

It made me think back to when my husband was deployed, to my own time in the military, and the different ways that we found to stay in touch. While technology has advanced since World War II, we still wrote letters (snail-mail was a treat), and I still have them to this day.

This World War II novel is one that historical fiction lovers will enjoy, and find themselves wanting more when the book closes. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

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