Sunday, October 30, 2022



Cornwall, England 1943: Gwenna Devoran is working through her grief after her husband was killed.  He was fighting in the Navy.  She fills the hole in her heart by housing two Jewish refugees in her farmhouse.  When a train arrives filled with Jewish passengers, Gwenna is immediately drawn to Lotti.  She is ten years old and her mother died protecting Lotti.  Lotti needs Gwenna’s help in order to survive what lies ahead.  

Wow, this was such an amazing and captivating book.  I was heartbroken by the storyline and found myself reaching for the Kleenex box so many times.  This gripping story had me from the very first word on page one until the very last.  I was inspired by Lotti and what she endured in such uncertain times.  I was also inspired by Gwenna, and so many like her, that risked everything they had to save so many innocent children.  What a heart-stopping and emotional story that broke my heart over, and over again.  I devoured this book in one sitting because I was breathless, waiting to see what happened next.  I was fascinated and amazed at the flip of every page.  This absolutely intense story is a must read.  I loved it. 

Thank you Natalie Meg Evans for such a wonderfully written story.  I enjoyed it very much, it was truly inspiring, and I highly recommend it.


Rating: 5 out of 5.



Author:  Natalie Meg Evans 
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: October 28, 2022
Pages: 451 
Buy on Amazon 

“We have to wear the yellow star! It’s the rules!” the little girl sobs. But her mother presses a desperate finger to her mouth. “Darling, today is different. We are going to leave our stars behind and go on a long journey. We must be very, very quiet, and pray nobody finds us until we are safe in England…”

Cornwall, England, 1943. When her husband is killed fighting in the Navy, grief-stricken Gwenna Devoran tries to fill the void in her life by offering shelter to two Jewish refugees in her farmhouse high on the Cornish cliffs. But at the train station, ten-year-old Lotti is waiting all alone in her neat red coat.

Lotti’s mother died protecting her on the journey. Now 
Gwenna is all this little girl has. Traumatised Lotti won’t speak a word: and when an order comes for German prisoners-of-war to work the farm she’s in more danger than ever. What will happen if the Germans find out Lotti is Jewish?

When Gwenna overhears Lotti chattering happily to 
German captain Max Reiner, showing him her teddy bear, her heart stops. Shocked to hear Lotti finally speak, Gwenna is terrified for the little girl she’s grown to love. But perhaps she can she trust the kindness in this German officer’s gentle voice and bright blue eyes…

As Lotti heals a little more each day, Gwenna risks everything to spend more time with Max, certain he doesn’t believe in the Nazi cause. But then a rumour starts in the village: 
Max himself fired the torpedo that killed Gwenna’s husband.

Devastated, Gwenna’s heart is torn between loyalty to her country, the memory of her husband, and love for the little girl she secretly hopes could become her own. With Max desperate to prove his innocence, does she dare to trust him? And should she fight for the three of them to become a family – 
or will the war tear them all apart?


Natalie Meg Evans has been an art student, actor, PR copywriter, book-keeper and bar tender but always wanted to write. A USA Today best-seller and RITA nominee, she is author of four published novels which follow the fortunes of strong-minded women during the 1930s and 40s. Fashion, manners and art are the glass through which her characters’ lives are viewed. Each novel is laced with passion, romance and desire. Mystery is never far away.

An avid absorber of history – for her sixth birthday she got a toy Arthurian castle with plastic knights – Natalie views historical fiction as theatre for the imagination. Her novels delve behind the scenes of a prestige industry: high fashion, millinery, theatre, wine making. Rich arenas for love and conflict. Most at home in the English countryside, Natalie lives in rural Suffolk. She has one son.

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