Wednesday 15 May 2024

Review - Neighbours at War by Deborah Carr

Neighbours at War by Deborah Carr
Publisher: 31 May 2024
Release date: Harper Collins UK
Back cover blurb: When everything is at stake, how far would you go to save your neighbour? When German forces invade the Channel Islands and the citizens of Jersey are cut off from the rest of the UK, the islands’ residents bond together to resist the enemy. East London native Helen Bowman was never meant to be here, but when she found herself alone and pregnant her beloved aunt’s home in Jersey was the only place she could go. But now, as the enemy start rounding up anyone not born on the island to be sent to a camp on the continent, Helen is forced to rely on the kindness of strangers, like her new friend Peggy Hamel, to keep herself and her son hidden. But as the Nazis’ net closes in, it’s soon more than just detection that is at stake for Helen and Peggy – it’s their very lives…

Neighbours at War is another brilliantly written novel by Deborah Carr.

When Helen flees to her Aunt's in Jersey after discovering she is pregnant and her boyfriend is already betrothed to another, she believes that she will be safe there.

Richard was engaged to his childhood sweetheart. Both of them know it isn't working, and their relationship is over, but she has a nasty streak and allows Helen to believe that they are still engaged.

WW2 sees Jersey occupied by the enemy. At first Helen is safe with her Aunt, working at 'the Big House' and assisting the resistance as and when she can. 

But then the Nazi rule begins to tighten and all non jersey residents must leave, being forced into overseas camps.

Helen knows that she cannot let her infant son be taken to one of those places, with or without her, so she enlists the help of her neighbours, who are more than willing. Helen and Bobby go into hiding, praying that they will survive the war.

Can they be truly happy without Richard? 

Bobby doesn't know his Father, and Helen feels so betrayed by the only man she has ever loved. 

Can Richard track down Helen and help her to safety? For once she understands the truth, he is certain that they can be together at last. He knows he has made mistakes but he is determined to put them right, no matter the cost.

Neighbours at War is available to pre-order now via Amazon online and all good book shops.

Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

x Vicky-Leigh x

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