From the author of the bestselling debut The Open Door comes a moving and uplifting story about a generation of young people living through World War II. When war breaks out Annie Webster and her closeknit family find themselves - along with everyone else in the country - thrust into a world of uncertainty, danger and despair. Her brothers join up, her sweetheart Paul becomes a fighter pilot, and Annie, desperate to help, finds herself in the WAAF, where her intelligence and warmth singles her out for a role more daring than she can ever have known. All the time, the Battle of Britain is raging in the skies above her. The country has never needed its young people more, but will Annie and her loved ones survive its darkest hour?
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Beryl Matthews joined a writers' group when she retired seven years ago and started working on her own novel. The result was The Open Door (Penguin 2002), based very loosely on her mother's early life. Beryl is working on the third book in the trilogy of the Webster family, A Time Of Peace.From Booklist:
In this second installment in the Webster Family series, Annie Webster has matured into a lovely young woman. Shielded from the squalor her family endured when she was small, Annie is ready to face life head-on. Unfortunately, the outbreak of World War II spoils her plans. To Annie's brothers, who immediately enlist, war is thrilling. Her sister, Rose, is appalled but feels she, too, must do her duty. Annie decides to enlist in the WAAF, where her language skills and keen ear earn her a career as a wireless operator. Her job is stressful, challenging, and thrilling, but the war takes its toll on Annie with the death of her almost-fiance Paul. It's when she least expects that a new romance enters her life. A family saga in the style of Catherine Cookson, this engaging story effectively mixes all the familiar elements: war, adventure, nostalgia, romance, tears, and laughter. Historical romance fans will love it. Emily Melton
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110141010134
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