Book Description: A Place to Call Home
by Tania Crosse. Aria.
The heart-warming sequel to Nobody’s Girl.
An intense and emotive WWII story of love, courage and friendship in the face of the horrors and hardships of war.
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?
Review: A Place to Call Home, by Tania Crosse. Aria.
England in World War II has given us much material for stories and books. This story starts in Summer, 1939 before war is officially declared, and ends in 1946 after the war has ended. The two central characters are Meg and Clarrie, and this book is a sequel to a story started in a previous book, Nobody’s Girl.
A Place to Call Home is billed as “an intense and emotive WW2 saga of love, courage and friendship” which is certainly true. This book starts three years after young Meg, orphaned in a tragic accident, came to live with Clarissa (Clarrie) and her husband Wigmore (Wig). But while the story of Clarrie and Meg is clearly central, there are other story lines here that tug at our hearts.
Clarrie has agreed to accept evacuees from London to her country home–a program that sent many children away from their parents to live in safer surroundings away from the bombings and trauma of London. We meet an endearing bunch of children, each coming with their own story, and then making new stories as their relationships in their new temporary home develop.
We have read much about the war, but the author has given us individual tales that are developed and appeal to our hearts, as many threads are woven into a complex tapestry of history and everyday life. Reading this brought home to me the realities of ordinary people carrying on their lives in extraordinary times. We in the US came a bit late to the WWII story, so we sometimes forget how the people of Europe and Britain were affected by this terrible story before 1941, when Pearl Harbor brought the United States into the midst of the conflict.
I myself was an infant in 1941, so my memories of those wartime days are those of a very small child. But I recall that my father, over age for military service, was foreman at a steel mill providing materials for the ships being built in San Francisco’s Hunter Point Shipyard; my mother became very creative in providing us with good meals while coping with rationing (the only time in my life I can remember eating mutton!). So perhaps my experience helped me to feel closer to the events in this book, particularly to the children’s stories.
Crosse is a gifted storyteller who has given us a warm and endearing story of people we come to care about. There is much detail that makes the experiences of the characters in historic times feel very real.
About the Author: Tania Crosse
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.