War Story

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Macmillan, May 20, 2003 - Fiction - 448 pages
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In the wonderful tradition of Elizabeth Jane Howard, War Story tells an extraordinarily authentic tale of both rationing and riches during the war years and at the same time unfolds a mesmerizing and unforgettable love story.

After war breaks out in 1939, Dulcimer Hall, deep in rural England, is a haven of tranquility in a world rocked by conflict. The Dulcimer children run amok in the rambling grounds, blissfully unaware of the threat of invasion and also unaware of the dramas developing in the lives of the sophisticated adults around them. Antonia is a vivacious yet shallow widow in search of a new husband; Dart is a dashing, sometimes reckless war hero; and David is a skilled American pilot determined to join the RAF.

Into this charmed circle comes Maggie Dunlop, a Scottish girl taken on as a nursemaid. The daughter of the gamekeeper in a Highland glen, Maggie’s previous life has been nothing but hardship. Soon she’s thriving in her new post, adored by the children, and well liked by both staff and family. Little does she know that her popularity is sowing dangerous seeds of jealousy, or that innocent feelings of affection can grow into a deep yet impossible love.

With warmth and humor Sara Hely brings to life a rich cast of characters and an era filled with life-and-death drama, outstanding courage, and hope.
 

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WAR STORY

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Overboiled historical romance set during the London Blitz.Ostensibly the story of Maggie Dunlap, British newcomer Hely (a.k.a. Lady Sally Collins) introduces a vast catalogue of characters, most ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
21
Section 3
37
Section 4
46
Section 5
65
Section 6
73
Section 7
83
Section 8
93
Section 17
230
Section 18
249
Section 19
263
Section 20
279
Section 21
292
Section 22
311
Section 23
322
Section 24
349

Section 9
111
Section 10
120
Section 11
136
Section 12
155
Section 13
169
Section 14
185
Section 15
205
Section 16
216
Section 25
363
Section 26
377
Section 27
386
Section 28
400
Section 29
419
Section 30
432
Section 31
445
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About the author (2003)

Sara Hely, born in London in the 1930s, was evacuated to America during the Second World War, and then lived in Ireland before settling with her husband in rural Ayrshire, Scotland. She has four adult children and many grandchildren.

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