Thursday, April 06, 2023



England, 1944:  Lizzie is missing her twin brother Ed, she is determined to find him.  He disappeared in the middle of the night, he left no forwarding address, no way to get in touch with him.  Lizzie knows that he has never been the same the last four years.  He saw his dad in the tiny boat rescuing thousands of injured soldiers at Dunkirk.  Then Lizzie receives the letter telling Ed to report for service.  He is assigned to work at a coal mine, that produces the fuel needed for power through the war.  He is one of fifty thousand Bevin boys.  If he doesn’t report as ordered, he will be arrested for being a deserter.  Lizzie is his only hope, she must find him before it’s too late.

This story was one of love, courage, healing and heart-break.  I loved this story and I felt inspired by the characters.  This story was completely intriguing and I was hooked from the very first page.  This rapid read kept my interest and I was on the edge of my seat all the way through to the end.  The story of the Bevin Boys was new to me and that made this phenomenal story even better.  I loved it and I highly recommend it.

Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Liz Trenow
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Publication Date: April 3, 2023
Pages: 300 
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Lizzie tried to put herself into her brother’s shoes, imagining how she might feel facing those same dangers he’d witnessed. Scared as anything, she thought. But if that was what was needed to win the war, she’d do it. As she looked at herself in the mirror, wearing her brother’s coat, she knew in that moment what she must do to protect him.

England, 1944: As Lizzie looks around her twin brother’s room, she’s in a state of shock. In the middle of the night Ed vanished, leaving no forwarding address. Lizzie knows that he was tormented daily by what he witnessed at Dunkirk four years before, helping his father steer their tiny boat to rescue thousands of injured soldiers. He was never the same after that.

Then, Ed’s call-up letter arrives. Instead of being assigned to one of the forces, he’s been told to report for work at a coal mine – one of fifty thousand ‘Bevin boys’ chosen to help produce the fuel to power the nation through the war. If he fails to turn up he will be arrested and tried as a deserter. Staring at his abandoned clothes and knowing how alike they are, Lizzie realises there is a way to save him.

Arriving for training, she meets a fellow Bevin boy named 
Peter and is instantly drawn to his quiet, thoughtful nature, so unlike the other men who share her dormitory. And as the two start to adapt to their new lives underground, they develop a strong bond.

Lizzie knows the risks she is taking to save her brother. If she grows too close to Peter her secret will almost certainly be revealed, and they will both be imprisoned. But with the war raging and her beloved country at risk, how much is Lizzie prepared to sacrifice to save those she loves the most?


Liz Trenow is a former journalist who spent fifteen years on regional and national newspapers, and on BBC radio and television news, before turning her hand to fiction.  Searching for My Daughter is her ninth novel. The Forgotten Seamstress reached the top twenty in the New York Times best seller list and The Last Telegram was nominated for a national award. Her books are published all over the world and translated into many languages.  


She lives in Colchester with her artist husband, and they have two grown up daughters and three grandchildren.  

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