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Today I’m on the ‘Girl With Secrets’ blogtour, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a guest post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.
About the Author :
Mum and Dad were both East Enders who were born on the famous or should I say the then infamous Isle of Dogs. Their family were immigrants who travelled to the UK from Ireland and France, while others emigrated to America.
As a child I would listen to the adults spinning their colourful stories, as my cousins and I drank pop under the table.
I know the seeds of all my stories come from those far off times that feel like only yesterday. So I would like to say a big heartfelt thank you to all my family and ancestors wherever you are now … UK, Ireland, France or America, as you’ve handed down to me the magic and love of story telling.
IN THE TURMOIL OF WAR, CAN SHE KEEP HER FAMILY TOGETHER?
1938, East London. Nine year old Daisy Purbright is a country girl at heart and together with beloved brother Bobby, they’ve enjoyed the endless freedoms of rural England.
But when her father gambles the family’s fortunes on a speculative investment in London’s docklands, Daisy and her family are swept up into the intrigue, danger and excitement. Desperately the Purbrights attempt to settle to a new life in the East End, but the whisperings of war grow louder.
Then, one late afternoon in September 1940, Adolf Hitler conducts a paralysing bombardment on London and war tightens its grip. Life changes dramatically and closely guarded secrets threaten the Purbrights’ happiness.
Can Daisy and her family survive one of the most fateful events of the 20th century?
Guest Post :
Secrets are kept and stored away by the ever-watchful Daisy
Girl with Secrets, my 2021 book, has been thrilling to write and quite emotional. It’s 1938 and nine-year-old Daisy relocates with her family from the peaceful village of Wattcombe (above) to the tumult, noise and excitement of London’s Isle of Dogs, (under) the heart of the East End.
Her father’s rash decision to uproot his family just as war breaks out, is one that the Purbrights come to regret! The powerful Luftwaffe air raids are timed to coincide with the tidal low point of the River Thames. Water mains are severed by the unloading of 10,000 fire bombs on the city. Daisy and her family – so unused to city life let alone the devastating aerial bombardments of the blitz – each meet this challenge in their own way.
Secrets are kept and stored away. The ever-watchful Daisy wants only to keep her family together. But families around her are torn apart and the Purbrights are no exception!
I do hope you enjoy Daisy’s intimate and heartbreakingly honest account of her life during one of the most momentous events of the twentieth century!
Much love as always, Carol x
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