This is a beautifully written and very touching historical fiction that follows a British evacuee and her surrogate family during World War II. I love when a book is written with multiple POVs and this is no exception. There are so many characters and it is amazing to see into their thoughts and feelings throughout the book. The middle part of the book really dragged for me (specifically anything with Rose and the Kennedys). Otherwise the pacing was good and the storyline exciting.
For me personally I view books differently after becoming a mother. So the storyline of sending your child across an ocean to keep them safe but missing out on their childhood is heart wrenching. You can feel that not only is it extremely difficult for Millie and Reg to make such a decision but it puts such a strain on their relationship. Nancy and Ethan are loving parents but have a similar strain with the addition of a child to their home. How long will she be there and how does one deal with raising a child that isn’t yours? The family drama is dynamic and well written. However, the romantic drama was a little off to me. I can’t understand how William and Bea can have such feelings and not try harder to visit or do something about it. Gerald was one of my favorite characters and I feel like his storyline is a total afterthought. The setting is amazing and the story is wonderfully entertaining. I highly recommend! I voluntarily reviewed this after receiving a free copy.