The year is 1939, and the Germans are conducting nightly bombing raids in London. Ten year old Noel, is an orphaned evacuee sent to live in St. Albans. He is taken in by Vee Sedge, who lives in a small flat with her son Donald and mother Flora.
What a fantastic work of historical fiction! Through the characters, Lissa Evans is able to depict a time and place that few living souls remember, down to the smallest details. I ached for Vee when she struggled to pay the “rates” on her apartment. I felt defensive when her son tried to take advantage of her, and I was touched as Vee and Noel became a true family, based on need and a growing love for each other.
Crooked Heart is funny, heartwarming and absolutely riveting. Lissa Evans is a marvelous storyteller and with an obvious gift for making history come alive. Special thanks to Harper Collins for sending me an advance review copy of this wonderful novel. Available in bookstores now!
5 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2015