For six years of war, the children of Sally's family have been living apart. Now, though Father is dead, it's Sally's duty to gather them together again....
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Sally's Family Reviews
This is a great read with a lot of depth. Sally's siblings were separated during the Second World War and sent to various homes, when Sally finds out her father's dying wish is to have them all reunited again, she rents a house and sends for her brothers and sisters scattered all over the country. When they come back, they all realise they've all grown a lot during those years and while they try and find ways to bond as a family again, they all grow into fully fleshed, interesting people. It's a touching and very comforting story with lots of details about cooking, sewing, gardening and housekeeping, which I loved. I also really enjoyed that every child has a personality of his or her own and you can easily tell them apart, which also means that Courtney makes sure all of their different skills are valued. It has some interesting insight about the evacuation of children and the characters are an absolute delight. While Sally is the main character, my favourite sibling ended up being Lucy, a smart bookworm with a good deal of common sense who ends up choosing an unexpected career path. It's a very strong book and while it was my first by Courtney, it certainly won't be the last.
A favorite comfort read of mine!
So charming! The plot is a little thin but as soon as you meet this collection of siblings, raised in different homes during WWII to protect them from the London Blitz, you don't want to leave them.Oh and it includes wonderful bits of wisdom, e.g.:While cleaning an old house to create a home, one of the sisters says: "I'd certainly no idea that it was so absorbingly interesting making something out of nothing. I'd always thought the best way was to have lots of money and pay other people to do everything for you." The other sister agreed, saying: "I don't believe that's half as much fun as doing it yourself." p. 156
My boyfriend gave me this book for Christmas and I absolutely loved it! The Girls Gone by edition that I received had a fascinating article at the beginning about conditions for families at the end of the War. This provided a good insight into what Sally and her five younger siblings were up against as they come together as a family at the War's end. This heartwarming book deals with Sally's struggles to make her very different siblings, brought up in very different evacuee foster homes, unite as one family again. It has lots of interesting domestic details of home life and highlights the challenges of running a home in straightened circumstances. The differing characters of the siblings are well drawn, with Courtney's usual humourous touches. The Christmas chaper was truly lovely and great to read at this time of year. This is a wonderful book and on a par with 'Long Barrow' my other favourite of this author's books.
Sally is determined to reunite her family after they have been separated by the war. It would be enough of a challenge to bring five such different people, from careless Robin to fashion-plate Kitty, into one family again, but it's even worse when she sees the state of the cottage she intends for their home...Gwendoline Courtney excels at family stories which in fact show how a group of random people can become a family by living and working together, and this is a typically warm and comfortable read, even if you don't share Courtney's belief in the therapeutic joys of cleaning and cooking.
I love this book! I have read it countless times over the years - it is a great comfort book. There is something appealing about Sally's attempts to reunite her brothers and sisters after their being split up - evacuated to different families during the war. Now my daughter loves it just as much. If I'm looking for my copy I know where to find it!
A rather charming book with great characters and a lovely warm feeling!
Loved this book