Thursday, November 11, 2021



World War II rages on throughout Europe, and Lily sees every day as a gift.  Lilly’s husband is a soldier, fighting for his country and she hopes and prays every day for him to safely return home to her.  As the bombs continually fall from the sky, Lilly’s best friend Ethel, is nine months pregnant and she seeks refuge in a shelter.  Ethel gives birth to a baby girl, and shortly afterward Ethel is killed leaving her new daughter, Joy, an orphan.  In order to save Joy, Lily does what she has to, the only thing she can do.  The secret Lily holds so tightly for many years, until one day the truth is revealed and she wonders if she will ever be forgiven.  

This story is filled with so much emotion.  It was incredibly heartbreaking and phenomenal at the same time.  This unputdownable must read is one that will have you reaching for Kleenex for sure.  It is sure to be remembered for years to come. I love this author’s writing style and I look forward to reading more of her books.

Thank you Shirley Dickson for such a wonderful, heartbreaking and inspiring story.  I truly enjoyed every bit of this book. A phenomenal and absolute must read.  I loved everything about this unputdownable book.  I can’t recommend this book enough.  It has to be read now.


Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Shirley Dickson 
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: November 9, 2021 
Pages: 442 
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With the war raging, Lily has learned not to take life for granted. In a time of such tragedy, every day is a gift. Her husband is a soldier, fighting to save their country, and she prays that she will survive – to one day welcome him home.

One sweltering July night, bombs rain down. Lily and her dear friend Ethel, who is nine months pregnant, seek refuge in a shelter. Miraculously, a baby girl is born to the sound of ear-splitting shrieks and explosions in the distance. Once the raid quietens, Lily races into the house to find the newborn a blanket. But then the unthinkable happens, planes thundering right over the rooftops…

When Lily rouses, finding herself amongst broken glass and crumbled brick, she is devastated to discover that Ethel has been killed – leaving little Joy behind. With tears rolling down her face, Lily makes a split-second decision.

To save the orphaned child, Lily must tell a heartbreaking lie, a secret that she holds close to her chest for years. But when the truth comes out, whose lives will be destroyed? And will she ever be forgiven?


Shirley Dickson was born and grew up in the seaside town of South Shields. She left school at fifteen and can’t remember a time when she didn’t write. She entered her first short story competition in ‘School Friend’ when she was eleven. After Shirley retired from auxiliary nursing, she was able to devote her time to writing.

After living in various locations, she settled under the big skies of Northumberland and has lived with her husband in the same house for over forty years. Shirley has three daughters and four grandchildren and likes nothing better than family gatherings.

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