The Linen Queen by Patricia Falvey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Sheila is a beautiful girl living in poverty in her village in Northern Ireland. She dreams of escaping to a better life away from her Ma and her slavish job in the linen mill. Even though Sheila has a good heart and is innocent in many ways, she has earned a bad reputation, mainly because she is a beauty.
All her life she has been friends with Gavin, their fathers both had been sailors and friends and so it seemed natural that they would be companions. Things were just going along until the war and Belfast was bombed. Children were evacuated to Sheila's village and her Ma took in Graine, a teenaged girl.
Many of the village girls were happy to become friends with the US soldiers that were stationed in their village.
This story gave us some insight into what was happening in Ireland during the war. I didn't know that southern Ireland were neutral and didn't fight along with England although Northern Ireland did stand up for England.
A very good read.
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Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Review: The Linen Queen
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