Tuesday, April 30, 2024



Jean a single mother, makes the hardest decision of her life.  She decides to send her daughter Valerie by train to Somerset.  Hundreds of other evacuees are on the same train, many of them are young children.  They are hoping for freedom as Europe braces for war.  Jean is hopeful that she will see her daughter one day soon, but as the bombs begin to fall from the sky, she wonders if they will ever be reunited again.  Jean has kept a devastating secret from Valerie and she knows that if Valerie ever found out about the secret, not only will she lose Valerie forever but it would change her life forever.  

A Child Far From Home authored by Lizzie Page, was a heartbreaking and emotional read that will definitely send the tears falling.  I enjoyed this story and experienced a myriad of emotions as I flipped through the pages.  I felt such sorrow for Jean as she took odd jobs in order to send money for Valerie’s care and never gave up the hope of reuniting with her daughter Valerie after the war ends.  This heart-wrenching story is a must read for all historical fiction fans.  I highly recommend it.


Rating: 5 out of 5.



Author:  Lizzie Page
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: April 30, 2024
Pages: 492
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England 1939. I desperately push my way through the crowded platform and try to find my darling daughter’s face in the fogged-up windows. As the train pulls away I frantically wave and force a smile. I’m sending her away to protect her but it’s only ever been the two of us. My heart breaks at not knowing when I’ll see her again…

With the country on the brink of war, single mother 
Jean embraces her ten-year-old daughter, Valerie, before she puts her on a train to Somerset alongside hundreds of other evacuees. Jean promises Valerie that the war won’t last long and that they’ll be together again soon. But as the bombing gets closer to home, she realises this might be a promise she can’t keep…

Wrenched away from her mother and everything familiar, little Valerie soon discovers that life in the countryside isn’t as idyllic as she first thought. Every night she dreams of returning home to the arms of her mother. But when she learns her old street has been devastated by the Blitz, it’s like her heart is torn in two. 
With no home to go to, where does this little girl belong? 

Meanwhile in London, the chaos of war has unearthed a heartbreaking secret from Jean’s past she has kept hidden from Valerie for years. 
A secret that has the power to keep them apart forever. 

With their old life in tatters, and hundreds of miles between them, will this mother and daughter ever be reunited? 
And if they are, will Jean’s secret change Valerie’s life forever – and will Jean lose the only person she has left in the world?


Lizzie Page is the pseudonym of Sam Lierens, a mum of three, who has lived and worked in Paris, Tokyo and London and loves combining her love of history with fiction.  She loves reading ALL the books, and always loved reading the adventures of women in the past so it seemed natural to her to write historical fiction.

She lives with her family and dog by the sea in South East England.She enjoys traveling and she’s had lots of different jobs from waitressing and teaching to admin and bingo-calling – but being a writer is her absolute favourite.

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