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Monday, November 21, 2022

The Call of he Wrens by Jenni L Walsh

1917 in an orphanage Marion afflicted with what today would be called selective mutism, is almost eighteen and knows she will have to leave the one place she feels safe With just two friends who will support her she joins tge WRENS the women's arm of 5e navy, as a typist. She then becomes a motor cycle despatch rider, joining forces with Eddiwhom she secretly marries, gets transferred to Flanders and runs a very successful pigeon courier service with her other friend Sarah and despite enormous hardships is happy.With the war gaining momentum she and Edie continue at the Front till Edie dies unexpectedly in a bombing. Finding herself pregnant, Marion moves back to England Fast forward to the next War, and again the Wrens feature in the story. Evelyn is a high society girl who wants to do something solid for the war effort. For her the usual society pursuits is not enough and she leaves home to take on the arduous job of being a motor cycle despatch courier. Cut off from family who do not want anything to do with her, ostracized by her team mates, Evelyn is determined not to give up. It is here that the two separate time lines mesh in the most unusual way which added a definite twist in the tale. Hihlighting another aspect of the two World Wars, the important part played by the pigeons and the women who trained them, the behind the scenes bravery of the WRENS who worked tirelessly in the war effort were special features of this story. Sent by Harper Muse for an unbiased review, courtesy of Netgalley.

1 comment:

Lark said...

There's a lot going on in this novel, but it does sound like a good one.