An Island at War written by Deborah Carr, publisher 0ne More Chapter, is available NOW in ebook, audiobook and paperback format.
A moving historical novel inspired by the German occupation of the Channel Islands during WW2. This is a story of courage, resilience and everyday acts of defiance from ordinary people forced to live in an extraordinary time.
While her little sister Rosie is sent to the UK to keep her safe from the invading German army, Estelle Le Maistre is left behind on Jersey to help her grandmother run the family farm. When the Germans occupy the island, everything changes and Estelle and the islanders must face the reality of life under Nazi rule.
Interspersed with diary entries from Rosie back on the mainland, the novel is also inspired by real life stories from the author’s own family who were both on the island during the occupation and in London during the Blitz and is a true testament to the courage and bravery of the islanders.
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REVIEW (Source: Purchased)
This was such a compelling read that opened my eyes to a different side to WWII. Sometimes factual books on war can be hard to read as they are full of information that can be slightly confusing but when a novelist, like Deborah Carr, weaves a storyline based around historical events it becomes a fascinating experience and makes history more accessible. I also find it gives me a thirst to learn more.
An island at War is the story of Jersey, one of the Channel islands and it’s struggle during the Nazi occupation of WWII. We follow the story of one family who own a farm in the Jersey countryside and when the war becomes more prevalent and the enemy is literally knocking on their door their lives are turned upside down with no end in sight.
Most children managed to escape to the mainland, men signed up to help with the war effort leaving behind, women, younger children and the elderly to keep homes and livelihoods afloat.
I had heard about the occupation of Jersey but didn’t know a great deal about it. This fictional novel by Deborah Carr brings to life the extreme changes that the occupation of the Nazi’s inflicted on this beautiful island. An island that must have felt very vulnerable and isolated. I could sense the distress, anguish and anxiety within the islanders. Animosity grew between the islanders and the Nazi but as time went by and the struggles of life became harder tension grew between neighbours.
Deborah Carr’s writing made me feel like I was part of this monumental historical event and my emotions were heightened throughout. When the story ended it gave me chance to reflect on all that had occurred and as a reader I liked to imagine the friendships made during times of conflict could be rekindled in years to come.
A thoughtful, compelling story full of emotions but a sense of hope was never too far away.
About the Author
USA TODAY best-selling author of The Poppy Field
Publisher: HarperCollins, One More Chapter
Deborah Carr lives on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands with her husband and three rescue dogs. She was described as ‘One to Watch’ by Good Housekeeping magazine for her debut historical romance, Broken Faces. Her book The Poppy Field, published by HarperCollins’ One More Chapter imprint to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War, was a USA TODAY best-seller.
The first book in her new Mrs Boots series, Mrs Boots, Book 1 is out on 27 March 2020 with Book 2, Mrs Boots of Pelham Street, being published in May.
Deborah is one third of The Blonde Plotters and Co-Founder of multi-award-winning tech start-up MyVLF.com – the first global virtual literary festival venue platform developed to connect readers and authors.