Under the Apple Tree
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Under the Apple Tree by Lilian Harry
Portsmouth, January 1941. When the Luftwaffe unleashes its full fury on the city in the first of three major blitzes, the Taylor family are bombed out. Judy finds her job relocated from the gutted Guildhall to a hotel in Southsea, and home is now a small terraced house in April Grove, with one fewer bedroom and no bathroom or inside lavatory. And then there is the news she has been dreading: her sailor fiancÃƒÂ© has been killed.
Judy and her young, recently widowed aunt Polly decide to turn their grief to good account, and join the WVS - running canteens, accompanying evacuee children, and helping the families of servicemen, often in the face of danger from air raids, flying bombs and V2 rockets.
Gradually, Judy and Polly find their own grief healing as they take part not only in their war work but in the life of April Grove, and although both are at first convinced they will never know love again, they both find it in the least likely manner.
'This story is set in Portsmouth around the years of World War II and centres on the way one family coped and survived... it tells their story of rationing and coping with shortages of most commodities. But there's a thread of hope throughout, lifting the story.'
'Under the Apple Tree is full of warm, authentic characters living through extraordinary times.'
'In typical Lilian Harry style, UNDER THE APPLE TREE is full of warm, authentic characters, perfectly capturing the true spirit of courage and sacrifice in wartime... This is another delightful novel from a popular and talented author.'
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Publication date18th November 2004
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CategoriesModern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
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