A terrifically compelling wartime story of love and loss from the author of A SONG AT TWILIGHT. Born at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, Mary and Walter Tilford's baby daughter is named Thursday.
It was meant to be a message of hope for the future - but they could not foresee that by the time Thursday celebrated her twenty-first birthday, Britain would once again be at war with Germany.
Thursday is determined to help in the war effort and volunteers as a Red Cross Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse.
She is attached to the Royal Navy, and begins her service at Haslar Hospital on the shores of Portsmouth Harbour.
The realities of war are brought home to her when the casualties begin to arrive from Dunkirk and Thursday begins to understand the true meaning of courage.
While experiencing all the natural hopes and dreams of any young woman, finding pleasure and joy as well as sorrow in her work, Thursday is given her own opportunity to show strength and bravery in the face of war - and find a lasting love.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 464 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 06/03/2003
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780752849508
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Review by DeltaQueen50
A Girl Called Thursday by Lilian Harry is about a young woman during World War II that, wanting to do her part, trains as a volunteer nurse. She is sent to Haslar Naval Hospital in Portsmouth when she nurses mostly wounded sailors. This is the first part of two and covers the years of 1939 to 1942.As the VAD’s train, the war seems faraway, and on days off there is time for picnics, bike trips and walks along the beach. When Dunkirk happens things change drastically for both England, the nurses, and Thursday personally. With a missing brother and a cousin who died on the beaches of Dunkirk, Thursday now must face nursing severely wounded men and, along with most of England, faces the relentless bombing raids that come close to crippling the country.I have read and enjoyed many books by this author. She knows how to tell a good story, gives lots of detail (in this case about nursing) and keeps it real, romance is there but not overdone or sugar coated. I found Thursday a fairly realistic heroine and I am looking forward to reading Part II of this story.