A Place Called Home is a World War Two-based family saga, set mainly in Kent and follows characters which readers first met in Nobody’s Girl. The book spans the full duration of the war years, and shows how Meg Chandler coped and lived through the terrors.
Meg currently lives on the estate of industrialist Wigmore (known as Wig) Stratfield-Whyte, where she runs the farm. Having lost both her parents in an accident, Meg is offered a place in the home of Wig and Clarissa until her twenty-first birthday. She would dearly like a farm of her own, but with the looming war, her dreams must be put on hold.
Men from the estate are called up to serve in the war, but there’s just time for Meg to marry gardener sweetheart Ralph before he flies off with the RAF. Clarrisa and Wig have also opened their home to evacuees from London. Having previously lost a child, Clarissa is keen to step into a parental role for the London children.
What I liked about the book: I loved the setting with the large house, grounds and country living. Although I hadn’t read book #1 of the series, I often enjoy books about the homefront during war years.
What I didn’t like so much: The book has an epic list of characters, far too many for me to ever feel I got to know any of them very well. I was also in danger of being overwhelmed by the quantity of wartime nostalgia within the pages. I felt just a sprinkling of nostalgia would have worked better. Large chunks of dialogue are taken up with info dumping of wartime details, which should have been avoided for the sake of character realism.
I thought there was lots of potential to make the book edgy with the dangers and fears of the war, the suffering and the sinister threat to Meg, which overhang from book #1. But, for me, the book was watered down by nostalgia and lost the chance to make a voice for itself. It certainly covers the highs and lows of the war years, but I wasn’t convinced that it brought anything new to the genre.
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About the book
An intense and emotive WW2 story of love, courage and friendship in the face of the horrors and hardships of war. Perfect for the fans Jo Cox and Nadine Dorries.
Thrown together by tragic circumstances some years previously, Meg and Clarrie’s hard-won friendship eventually brought them both some sense of peace. But how deep do their feelings run, and how long can their happiness last?
The outbreak of war brings a new set of concerns and emotions, especially with the arrival of the evacuees who come to share their home and lives.
Can they unite to form a bond powerful enough to sustain them through the darkest days of war?
And what will happen when an enemy from Meg’s past comes back to haunt her?
The heart-warming sequel to Nobody’s Girl.
About the author
Delaying her childhood dream of writing historical novels until her family had grown up, Tania eventually completed a series of published stories based on her beloved Dartmoor. She is now setting her future sagas in London and the south east.
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