Review published on October 8, 2016.
Evie Yeo has just qualified as a schoolteacher and lands herself a job teaching primary school children in a village in Lymbridge, Devon. She would have loved a job teaching in the city instead of in a dull village, but the war has started and her dreams have to be put on hold. Life, however, is not to be dull for long. With blackouts, rationing, helping the children settle into school life yet cope with the realities of war, tragedies and a romance along the way, village life has never been more full.
Evie is engaged to Timmy, but he has been sent to fight overseas. Accidentally, she finds out that he has been unfaithful, but she can’t tell his mother – she will not hear a bad word said against her precious son. To add to the problem, his mother is also Evie’s boss – the school’s headmistress.
Evie needs to make a decision. Does she break it off with Timmy whilst he is at war or does she forgive his misdemeanours?
Evie’s friends rally round her along with her sisters. She keeps busy by organising tea parties for soldiers and sewing groups for the village. She even helps find homes for refugee children. She constantly helps other people with a true heart of gold. But will Evie find the answer to her problems and will romance bloom?
This book brings life during the war alive, which is not always a good thing, but Kitty Danton has written characters and situations in village life that are so believable you could almost be there watching everything happen. If you like books about people left behind during the war and how village lives changed and yet carried on, then you will love this book. I couldn’t put it down.
Jennifer Moville 5/5
Evie’s War by Kitty Danton
Orion 9781409164814 pbk Aug 2016