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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Moorhead Public Library DIC (Text) 33500013323332 New Checked out 02/04/2021
Moorhead Public Library DIC (Text) 33500013323340 New In transit -
Warroad Public Library DIC (Text) 35500006334187 New Checked out 01/29/2021

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781538703731
  • ISBN: 1538703734
  • Physical Description: 334 pages ; 21 cm
  • Edition: First U.S. edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2020.

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General Note:
"Originally published in 2019 by Bookouture"--Title page verso.
Summary, etc.:
"England, 1943: When twenty-five-year-old May Robinson's mother is tragically killed one foggy night, May is heartbroken and terrified. She isn't sure she has the strength to harbor the secret they have kept for so many years-the secret her mother devoted her life to hiding. The secret that would tear their broken family even further apart. Instead, May vows to make her mother proud by training to be a nurse at Edgemoor General Hospital in South Shields. Surrounded by wailing air-raid sirens and the eternal drone of enemy planes, May tends wounded, ashen-faced soldiers. Working tirelessly alongside her is kindhearted Richard Bentley. May is immediately drawn to his sparkling brown eyes and the way he makes her laugh. Among the death and despair, May and Richard become beacons of hope for each other-but May wonders why he isn't fighting in the war like the thousands of other brave young men. Yet May, longing to escape her past, has kept her own secret hidden from Richard. As the peril and uncertainty around them grows, she finds herself asking: How well do they really know each other? And with the war coming closer to home, May cannot keep her shocking truth from coming to light . . . "-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 November #1
    Dickson's sequel to her novel The Orphan Sisters (2020) is an emotional journey following one young woman's life in England during WWII. After May Robinson loses her mother in a tragic accident, her life changes forever when she decides to train as a nurse to honor her mother and help the war effort. But May's life is shrouded in shame and secrecy, and her secrets seem to haunt her relentlessly. Continuously disappointed by the people in her life, May finally finds solace in Richard, a conscientious objector who works at the hospital where she is on staff. But will revealing her secret to him tarnish their relationship? Readers follow May through many twists, turns, and tragedies in this easy-to-read novel that should be paired with a box of tissues. Some readers may be disappointed with the abrupt ending, but perhaps a third installment is planned. Readers who enjoy the books of Sarah Sundin, Pam Jenoff, and other gentle historical fiction authors are sure to delight in Dickson's tale. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Shirley Dickson lives under the big skies of Northumberland, United Kingdom with her husband, family, and lucky black cat. She wrote her first short story at the age of ten for a childrens' magazine competition. She didn't win but was hooked on writing for a lifetime. For many years she wrote poetry and short stories and got many rejection slips. Shirley decided to get serious about writing novels when she retired. She signed with Bookouture in 2018 for a two-book deal. She has written two stirring WWII historical novels. Shirley says she is a prime example of "never give up on your dream."

Subject: Family secrets > Fiction.
Mothers > Death > Fiction.
Grief > Fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 > Fiction.
Nurses > Fiction.
Man-woman relationships > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Romance fiction.

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