Flora and Grace Paperback
by Maureen Lee
The Second World War - a mother must make a heartbreaking sacrifice in order to save her child...A poignant and powerful family saga from the author of Au Revoir Liverpool. 1944. It is spring, late morning, when Flora's life changes for ever.
She is standing on a platform in the Swiss mountains, watching as a cattle train draws near.
From within the wooden trucks she can hear human voices - groaning, pleading and desperate. Horrified, she begins to run alongside the train, frantically trying to help.
But as the train picks up speed, a filthy bundle of rags is thrust through the slats and into her arms - 'Take him.
His name is Simon.' Flora stands on the platform, a baby boy cradled against her. And although everything looks exactly as it did moments before, nothing will ever be the same again. Sunday Times bestseller Maureen Lee has written a powerful, moving story of war, motherhood and love.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 21/11/2013
- Category: Sagas
- ISBN: 9781409137320
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Review by nicx27
Maureen Lee never disappoints me with her stories. She's one of my fail-safe authors, who I know I can turn to when I'm not seeming to get along with any other books.Flora and Grace starts with Flora, a 17 year old girl living in Zurich, being handed a baby boy named Simon through the slats of a train carriage which is transporting Jews to Auschwitz. The rest of the story tells of Flora's life and how she looks after Simon.It's a lovely, easy read. For the first half or so I found Flora a bit selfish but then she seemed to become a nicer person and that's when I found myself getting into the story much more. But what I liked about it was that it flowed easily and I always enjoyed picking it up and reading a bit more.