Sunday, October 18, 2009

Beyond The Blue Hills

by Katie Flynn

"Laura Collins, a widow, is struggling to make a good life for her daughters, Tess and Tina. They are living with Laura’s sister Millie and her seven children so when Laura is offered a good job, with accommodation, she is delighted.

Life is very different for the Brewsters, living on Manor Farm in Herefordshire. Danny and his girlfriend, Sophie, intend to marry one day so that they can run Manor Farm together but his cousin and best friend, Phil Ryland, feels differently. He longs to get away from farming and intends to escape as soon as he can.

Then war comes and changes everything. Tina is evacuated and Tess joins the Land Army. She means to be true to her boyfriend, Mike, but he is far away. Danny and Phil join the RAF, Danny to pilot bombers and Phil as navigator. They end up on the same airfield and fall in love with the same girl…But Phil has a secret which could end his chance of happiness, and Danny is the only person who knows what that secret is."

(Taken from this site)

I don't think this was the best of the two Katie Flynn books I recently borrowed from the library, but there's no doubt that it was a pretty good book. I was a bit confused at first as to why Danny and Phil were being introduced when the story had seemed to be about Laura, Tess and Tina. But after a bit I did realise it was for comparison with how their lives were during the war. Plus, they do come in contact with each other a couple of times, so it's not like their stories are completely seporate. And once I figured that out, it was pretty easy to enjoy the rest of the book.



AliceKay said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the book. :)

Intense Guy said...

I like books that share characters and/or timelines and events. Somehow its neat when things tie together. :)

Tori_z said...

Yes, it is. It can be a bit confusing at first though.