Saturday, July 31, 2021



Rose Brown boards a ship traveling from London to America.  She is determined to escape the dangers of World War II.  She is a nanny and her family in Ireland relies on the income from her job to live.  She is traveling with the Townsand family and as she is playing with baby Sarah the ship is begins to sink  because it was hit with a torpedo.   She hangs onto Sarah to make sure nothing happens to her.  Rose and Sarah are separated from the family amongst the chaos.  Rose is rescued from the sea while still holding the baby.  When she and Sarah arrive in New York, Rose searches desperately for the Townsend family.   But as soon as Rose finds Sarah’s father the attack on America, in Hawaii is announced and WWII begins.  Rose and Sarah’s life is forever changed as well as the families depending on them, for many different reasons. 

Pack your bags because this story will transport you from the West Coast of Ireland, to London and to New York on the journey of a lifetime.  I highly recommend this book and I cannot wait to read more by this author. This story is filled with love, loss, suspense and romance, and is one that I highly recommend reading.  I enjoyed this book from beginning to end, it is an amazing, unputdownable must read.

Thank you Sandy Taylor for such a wonderfully well written story.  This heartbreaking historical fiction is both enthralling and entertaining.  It hits all the emotions and definitely pulls at the heartstrings.  The characters were relatable and the storyline was believable.  I look forward to reading more books from this author.


Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Sandy Taylor 
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Publication Date: July 30, 2021 
Pages: 329 
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‘We have to go, Miss. We can’t wait any longer.’ I hold the baby tighter as the lifeboat is lowered slowly into the water, hitting the rough sea with a splash. My eyes never leave the ship, searching, hoping to see the others and know they are safe…

London 1940. As the war rages in Europe, Rose Brown steps on board a ship bound for America, hoping to escape the danger. She’s frightened, but her widowed mammy and three sisters in Ireland need the money she earns as nanny to the rich Townsend family. But while Rose plays with baby Sarah in the salty spray on deck, disaster strikes, and the ocean liner begins to sink. In the chaos, Rose and the baby are separated from the family.

Pulled from the sea with the child still in her arms, Rose is afraid as never before. And when she arrives in Brooklyn to search for Sarah’s family she feels completely adrift in this unfamiliar land where looming Brownstones line the streets, and workmen in flat caps jostle her on the sidewalks. But just when Sarah’s father is within reach, the howling air-raid sirens and deafening bombs she thought she’d left behind shatter her plans once again as tragic news arrives from Pearl Harbor.

As fear and panic grips America, what heartbreaking sacrifices will Rose have to make to protect her precious charge? And can she reunite the family before it is too late?


Sandy Taylor grew up on a council estate near Brighton. There were no books in the house, so Sandy’s love of the written word was nurtured in the little local library. Leaving school at fifteen, Sandy worked in a series of factories before landing a job at Butlins in Minehead. This career change led her to becoming a singer, a stand up comic and eventually a playwright and novelist.

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