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Dunne, May 2003, 26.95, 448 pp.
ISBN: 031230532X

Scottish lass Maggie Dunlop works as a nursery maid at Dulcimer Hall when war breaks out in Europe. Maggie and others are evacuated to America where she meets and falls in love with her employer's cousin David Voist, married with children. Because David's eyes and secretly his heart constantly search for Maggie, her beloved's spouse sends her back to England.
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As the war hits England hard, Maggie joins the effort as a driver. When she goes to pick up an American airman, she meets David. Though both recognize their mutual love for one another, she knows he would never leave his wife for he cannot “abandon” his children. Even as Maggie tries to start anew back in her homeland of Scotland, she dreams that, one-day when David's children are adults, they will be together.

Though the probability of David and Maggie encountering each other by chance during the war seems somewhat remote because the circle they share is so vast, readers will appreciate the depth to this World War II romance though the war itself plays a tertiary role. The background brings to life the era more so in England, but somewhat in America also. The cast is fully developed so those key secondary players enable the audience to value the star-crossed lovers and obtain a sense of 1940s life while demanding Sara Hely deliver more period pieces like this delightful historical.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Love Triangles/Polygons    -   Yes What kind:    -   one man-two women Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Struggle with...    -   conduct in war

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   infantry soldier Age/status:    -   20's-30's

Main Female Character

   -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   servant


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment What % of story is romance related?    -   70% Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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