Friday 2 March 2012

Friday Recommends #7

Friday again, and it's time for my choice of book for Friday recommends...

This is an exciting book blog hop that book bloggers can take part in once a week to share with their followers, the books that they most recommend reading!

The rules for Friday Recommends are:

Follow Pen to Paper as host of the meme.
Pick a book that you've read, and have enjoyed enough to recommend to other readers. It can be a book you've read recently, or a book you read years ago - it's up to you - but make sure you tell us why you love the book (like a mini review). You make the post as long or as short as you like.
Visit the other blogs and enjoy!

My Friday Recommended read


Rosie's War


Rosemary Say and Noel Holland

Rosie's War

Rosemary Say was just an ordinary 19 year old woman, with dreams of adventure, who on the eve of the Second World War requested to work in Europe. She accepted a position in France to work as an au pair to a French family in Avignon. She was happily settled with her French family, and even though the threat of war was imminent, she disregarded the warning signs until it was too late to get back to England. Advised to try to escape via Paris, she was in the city when the Germans invaded, and unfortunately was rounded up and imprisoned with other enemy aliens in one of the internment camps. Amongst the horror of confinement, and with the unbearable pressure of too many women forced to live together, Rosemary planned her escape. Together with an older friend, and with help from the rรฉsistance, she finds her way back to England.

This beautifully written memoir by Rosemary’s daughter and son in law captures the very essence of Rosie’s War, and describes just what happened when ordinary people became entangled in extraordinary times.

Poignant, atmospheric and filled with anecdotal stories and pictures this book is well worth reading, not only as a social commentary but also as a unique insight into the bravery, and fortitude of a generation of people who were quite simply caught up in events beyond their control.

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