An intense and emotive WW2 story of love, courage and friendship in the face of the horrors and hardships of war. Perfect for the fans of Jo Cox and Nadine Dorries.
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?
The heart-warming sequel to Nobody's Girl.
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About the Author
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A Place to Call Home by Tania Crosse is a sequel to Nobody’s Girl. Clarissa “Clarrie” Stratfield-Whyte is married to Wigmore and runs Robin Hill House. It is the summer of 1939 in Kent and war with Germany is inevitable. Clarrie has decided that they will take in evacuees from London and it will help fill the hole in their life since she is unable to have children. Meg Chandler (the family took her in after her family died) insists on working and is assigned the duties of a parlor maid. However, she prefers animals and farming side of the estate. Meg has fallen in love with Ralph Hillier, the head gardener, but war is going to separate the two lovebirds. The evacuees arrive, war is officially declared and Nathaniel Green escapes. Many changes are coming to the estate and everyone will need to band together to survive. A Place to Call Home can be a standalone book. What occurred in Nobody’s Girl is completely rehashed in A Place to Call Home. The pace is slow in the first half of the book, but it does pick up slightly during the second half. I found the story to be well-written, but a little too long (and predictable). I did not feel the author had to completely retell Nobody’s Girl. I found the story to be realistic in capturing the events of the country (rationing, war, growing vegetables, evacuees, the worry, men joining the war). I found the characters to be well-developed, and I enjoyed the beautiful setting of Kent. The story has love, heartache, hope, grief, worry, and so much more. I appreciated that the author wrapped up all the storylines and provided a good ending. I am giving A Place to Call Home 4 out of 5 stars.
Meg and Clarissa have found happiness and Robin Hill House is a cheerful household. Unfortunately this prosperous time can't last, because the Second World War breaks out. Meg's boyfriend has to fight and Clarissa's husband is busier than ever helping the government by producing what they need in his factory in London. The women constantly worry about their loved ones, but there's also much work to be done. Evacuees are joining them at Robin Hill House and the place is busier than ever. Meg wants to be useful during the war. Robin Hill House is her home, but working hard has always been her forte, so she makes sure she does whatever she can to contribute. Clarissa loves having a full house, taking care of children makes her thrive. However, there's so much destruction and the people she and Meg care about are under constant threat. Will they all survive the war and can Meg once more conquer the hardship that has come back from her past to haunt her? A Place to Call Home is another terrific story about Meg and Clarissa. It was amazing to read about these two incredibly special women again. Meg has grown into a smart, talented and capable woman. She is grateful for the good things in her life and that made me like her even more. Clarissa has a lot of love to give and every evacuee in her home is lucky to be able to receive it. I loved how she cares about people and how sweet she is to them. Robin Hill House is a wonderful welcoming place because of the people who run it and I enjoyed reading about it very much. Tania Crosse writes about grief, heartbreak, love and hope in a captivating way. I liked how she doesn't stay away from the difficult topics and because of the lows in the lives of her main characters the highs are even more impressive. I admire that approach a lot. A Place to Call Home is a true gem, it's a delightful story with many surprising twists and turns. It has the most heartwarming charming ending that completes the story in a terrific way. A Place to Call Home is an extraordinary endearing novel, a story that will stay with me for a long time.