At the Break of Day by Margaret Graham Arrow, Paperback, £5.99
Torn between two countries, two men, and two families, Rosie Norton’s life began to change when she was taken from her grandfather and evacuated to America during the Second World War.
Grandpa was all she had in England after her parents died when she was seven – he and her sister, Norah.
But when the call came to return to England she did, to a country beset by rationing, where frugal living and few happy times remained, except for Frank, her childhood friend who was ready to welcome her back.
Life working in Woolworths with holidays at Butlin’s, as things became a little better, began to change life for Rosie, despite her American drawl and the average British opposition to the Yanks.
Her love for the adoptive parents she had left in America, and the memories of Joe her friend, tore her apart as she attempted to ease the plight of the elderly, suffering grandfather despite the interference of her bossy, rude sister. This is a dramatic view of life after the war, with a story of love, disaster and twisted circumstances that makes for good reading. As Frank is called up and sent to Korea the story is set for the dramatic conclusion which is anticipated, but still contains a few surprises.