Violette Szabo theme day 3: Without a trace by Lesley pearse.

Today’s pick is something a little different. In that it doesn’t scream ww2 at you! I decided to pick this as I have a fond love of the authors writing style & the way in which she negotiates historical accuracy with heart warming characters. My favourite novel of the author’s is Remember me. But this is the one most relevant to the theme.

Without a Trace

The blurb:

Coronation Day, 1953.
In the Somerset village of Sawbridge, young shopkeeper Molly Heywood slips away from the celebrations to her friend’s cottage and makes a shocking discovery: Cassie is dead and her six-year-old daughter Petal has vanished without a trace.
In her grief, Molly seeks help from her childhood friend George, now the village policeman, but no one can find Petal. The only clue is a letter from London, where Cassie once lived. Despite George’s reluctance and her growing feelings for him, Molly resolves to go to London in the hope of discovering the missing child.
Arriving in the big city, Molly quickly learns it’s a dangerous place for a country girl on her own. But there’s hope too – in the Blitz-ruined East End, she unexpectedly finds friendship with strangers from Cassie’s past and, with handsome, mysterious workman Charley, the possibility of something more.
However, the closer Molly gets to the truth, the more perilous her journey becomes. She has given up everything – her home, happiness and a chance at love – all to find Petal. But is she also risking her life?

My review:

As stated above, I chose this as some of the picks in the Violette Szabo theme are incredibly dark. Ultimately I wanted a theme that would appeal to all readers. This novel opens up in 1953 & deals with the repercussions & aftermath of ww2. An era of generational change & particularly for women! I don’t need to fully expand on this novel to review it as the author is well known and the blurb spells out the storyline. So to not risk or leave any spoilers. I will simply say, it is one for the feels & most definitely has you feeling as though you knew the characters! 5*

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