The Heart of the Family, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


The much-loved author of ACROSS THE MERSEY tells of Liverpool under bombardment as never before - but the Campion family refuses to give in.

The Campions have always stuck together through danger and sorrow, but even they begin to wonder if it's time to take their youngest, the twins, to safety away from the bombing raids.

The twins have other worries on their minds; having been inseparable, they now realise that they each have different ambitions - and Lou isn't sure she'll find what she wants close to home.

Meanwhile, cousin Bella is managing a creche and discovers that life isn't all about pleasure.

She's the last person her family would expect to help anyone; but when a figure from the past turns up on the doorstep, Bella's unexpected reserves of compassion are revealed.

From hardship and heartbreak, surviving the toughest of times, the Campions know they can make it through if they have one another.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Sagas
  • ISBN: 9780007265909



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The third in Annie Groves’ Campion Family series, The Heart of the Family follows this Liverpool family through the days World War II. By this book it is the winter of 1941 and Liverpool has experienced a series of brutal bombings as the Nazi’s attempted to close this valuable harbour. Down-heartened and dispirited, now they must find the energy and will to continue the battle.The immediate family is a close knit one and everyone participates in their own way to the war effort, from fire-watching to nursing. The two youngest, the twins having had their place of employment bombed, and are searching for new jobs It appears that they have snagged jobs at the telephone exchange, which pleases one but not the other who longs for more excitement in her life. The eldest daughter is in her final months of nursing training and is looking forward to her graduation and subsequent wedding day. Meanwhile Luke, the son of the family, has received notice that his unit is about to be shipped out to the deserts of Africa.We follow the stories of each member, along with their aunts, uncles and cousins. All are involved or affected by the war. These various stories evolve to give us a very clear picture of Liverpool during this time in history. The author actually drew on her own family’s experiences and stories told to her by her grandmother.Engaging and well written, the reader gets very involved in all the characters storylines, rooting for the favourites and now eagerly waiting for the next book to see what happens to these people next.

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