Rose in the Blitz – Rebecca Stevens

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Rose is struggling to come to terms with her Mum getting re-married, she feels empty inside as the whole world is moving on except her. When an unexploded World War Two bomb is discovered in her neighbourhood it seems to trigger a memory in her confused elderly Great- Aunt Cosy. The night before the wedding Rose can’t sleep for worrying and nor can Cosy, disturbed by an echo from the past and reminded of her long lost love. Seeing the old lady leaving the house she runs after her following her to the London underground. Boarding an empty train she goes on a journey not realising that when she exits the station she will finds herself in 1940, in a war-torn London broken by the Blitz. Caught up in her Aunt’s life Rose feels she must have been sent here for a purpose. Can she change the past in order to find her way back to the future.

This was a quite a pacey fast read and at 156 pages it is ideal for children who are  daunted by a huge tome of a book. Although it is relatively short Rebecca has managed to fill it full of dramatic scenes, it’s tense and gripping storyline it is bound to captivate and excite.  I found it completely compelling getting sneak glimpses into the reality of life during the Blitz and recognising that those numerous deaths are simply not numbers in a history book. Instead it allows us to understand and recognise them as individual human tragedies unfolding for so many families and serves as a poignant reminder of the true cost and suffering that war has on ordinary people. Yet despite the constant threat of attack looming over the inhabitants of this city they still embraced life not knowing what tomorrow would bring and we see this clearly within the story.  Beautiful and haunting, it will make you smile, cry and fill your heart with joy.

If you’re intrigued to find out more you can read an extract on the Chicken House website.

Thank you to Laura Smythe and Chicken House for sending me a copy of this wonderful book.

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