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As they walked towards the railway station, their mother took an envelope from her handbag. ‘I want you to keep this somewhere safe.’ ‘What’s in the letter?’ ‘Listen carefully. You’re never to open it unless you or your sister are in real trouble. Promise me.’ England, 1943: Home is no longer safe for eight-year-old twins Molly and Jacob. Night after night wailing bombs and s As they walked towards the railway station, their mother took an envelope from her handbag. ‘I want you to keep this somewhere safe.’ ‘What’s in the letter?’ ‘Listen carefully. You’re never to open it unless you or your sister are in real trouble. Promise me.’ England, 1943: Home is no longer safe for eight-year-old twins Molly and Jacob. Night after night wailing bombs and screeching planes skim the rooftops overhead. They cradle each other, shivering in terror, not knowing if they will live to see dawn. Their mother, Martha, has no choice but to evacuate them to the safety of the countryside. At the train station, Martha bites back tears as she says goodbye to her precious children. Knowing she might never see them again, she gives Jacob a letter, pressing the envelope into his hands and telling him to only read it if they are in danger. In the country, Molly and Jacob must adjust to life with strangers. Every night they dream of returning home to the arms of their beloved mother. But then the unimaginable happens. Martha is killed in an explosion, leaving the twins all alone in the world. The war has robbed Molly and Jacob of everything – all they have left is one another. Motherless and destitute, they face the grim reality of life in an orphanage. The time has finally come for Jacob to open the letter. What secret does it hold, and could it change the course of their tragic fate? Because if they are together, they can survive anything – but what if they are torn apart? From the bestselling author of The Orphan Sisters comes an utterly heartbreaking and unforgettable tale of two children who must lean on each other in a time of tragedy and learn the shocking truth of their past. Fans of Wives of War, Lisa Wingate and Diney Costeloe will be swept away by this sublime World War Two novel.


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As they walked towards the railway station, their mother took an envelope from her handbag. ‘I want you to keep this somewhere safe.’ ‘What’s in the letter?’ ‘Listen carefully. You’re never to open it unless you or your sister are in real trouble. Promise me.’ England, 1943: Home is no longer safe for eight-year-old twins Molly and Jacob. Night after night wailing bombs and s As they walked towards the railway station, their mother took an envelope from her handbag. ‘I want you to keep this somewhere safe.’ ‘What’s in the letter?’ ‘Listen carefully. You’re never to open it unless you or your sister are in real trouble. Promise me.’ England, 1943: Home is no longer safe for eight-year-old twins Molly and Jacob. Night after night wailing bombs and screeching planes skim the rooftops overhead. They cradle each other, shivering in terror, not knowing if they will live to see dawn. Their mother, Martha, has no choice but to evacuate them to the safety of the countryside. At the train station, Martha bites back tears as she says goodbye to her precious children. Knowing she might never see them again, she gives Jacob a letter, pressing the envelope into his hands and telling him to only read it if they are in danger. In the country, Molly and Jacob must adjust to life with strangers. Every night they dream of returning home to the arms of their beloved mother. But then the unimaginable happens. Martha is killed in an explosion, leaving the twins all alone in the world. The war has robbed Molly and Jacob of everything – all they have left is one another. Motherless and destitute, they face the grim reality of life in an orphanage. The time has finally come for Jacob to open the letter. What secret does it hold, and could it change the course of their tragic fate? Because if they are together, they can survive anything – but what if they are torn apart? From the bestselling author of The Orphan Sisters comes an utterly heartbreaking and unforgettable tale of two children who must lean on each other in a time of tragedy and learn the shocking truth of their past. Fans of Wives of War, Lisa Wingate and Diney Costeloe will be swept away by this sublime World War Two novel.

30 review for The Lost Children

  1. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    When eight-year-old twins Jacob and Molly were to be evacuated to the country for the duration of the war, they farewelled their Mam with sorrow. Martha gave Jacob a letter that he wasn’t to open unless he felt they were in trouble, and he wasn’t to read it. Jacob and Molly had lost their gran to a bomb and Martha, although she didn’t want to be parted from them, knew she had to work for the family’s care. The munitions factory where she worked paid well, but they didn’t allow leave while they w When eight-year-old twins Jacob and Molly were to be evacuated to the country for the duration of the war, they farewelled their Mam with sorrow. Martha gave Jacob a letter that he wasn’t to open unless he felt they were in trouble, and he wasn’t to read it. Jacob and Molly had lost their gran to a bomb and Martha, although she didn’t want to be parted from them, knew she had to work for the family’s care. The munitions factory where she worked paid well, but they didn’t allow leave while they were so busy helping the war effort. The twins missed their mother dreadfully, never a day went by that they didn’t think of her. They loved receiving her letters and wrote back straight away. But when more tragedy struck, Jacob and Molly weren’t sure what would happen. They were scared of the future; they had never been apart, and nothing would separate them – would it? What would be the outcome for these two children? They had had terrible misfortune throughout their young lives – would it ever get any better? The Lost Children is another excellent historical novel from the pen of Shirley Dickson which I thoroughly enjoyed. I’ve loved all this author’s work to date; she never disappoints. Set during WWII England, the heartbreak and despair for so many was appalling. Our two main characters, Molly and Jacob, remained strong and resilient in the face of so much – brave, with their mam’s helpful words frequently in their heads. The Lost Children is one I highly recommend to fans of the genre. With thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for my digital ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 Molly and Jacob are eight year old twins. They are evacuated during WWII to the countryside. Molly and Jacob are determined to stay together. But life in the country is different for the twins. Their resilience is tested several times. Martha, the twins mother, is a single parent. Her mother had passed away in a bomb raid. When Martha had taken the twins to the train station, she hands Jacob a letter. She tells him only to give the letter to someone that they trust to op 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 Molly and Jacob are eight year old twins. They are evacuated during WWII to the countryside. Molly and Jacob are determined to stay together. But life in the country is different for the twins. Their resilience is tested several times. Martha, the twins mother, is a single parent. Her mother had passed away in a bomb raid. When Martha had taken the twins to the train station, she hands Jacob a letter. She tells him only to give the letter to someone that they trust to open but only if they are desperate. This is a heartbreaking read. The twins have a strong bond which helps them overcome some point of the obstacles that are put in their way. Molly is disabled and Jacob is very protective of her. A story of love, loss, tragedy and happiness. When Martha is killed in a factory explosion, the twins become orphans. We also meet Mr Bob, Aunty Doris and Aunty Brigit who helped care for the twins. This is my first read from the author but I will look out for her in future. I would like to thank #NetGalley, #Bookouture and all the #ShirleyDickson for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    3.5 stars rounded up to 4 Molly and Jacob are eight year old twins. They are evacuated during WWII to the countryside. Molly and Jacob are determined to stay together. But life in the country is different for the twins. Their resilience is tested several times. Martha, the twins mother, is a single parent. Her mother had passed away in a bomb raid. When Martha had taken the twins to the train station, she hands Jacob a letter. She tells him only to give the letter to someone that they trust to op 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 Molly and Jacob are eight year old twins. They are evacuated during WWII to the countryside. Molly and Jacob are determined to stay together. But life in the country is different for the twins. Their resilience is tested several times. Martha, the twins mother, is a single parent. Her mother had passed away in a bomb raid. When Martha had taken the twins to the train station, she hands Jacob a letter. She tells him only to give the letter to someone that they trust to open but only if they are desperate. This is a heartbreaking read . The twins have a strong bond which helps them overcome some of the obstacles that are put in their way. Molly is disabled and Jacob is very protective of her. A story of love, loss, tragedy and happiness. When Martha is killed in a factory explosion, the twins become orphans. We also meet Mr Bob, Aunty Doris and Aunty Brigit who helped care for the twins. 5hismis my first read from the author but I will look out for her in future. I would like to thank #NetGalley, #Bookouture and the author #ShirleyDickson for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stina

    ★★★★★ 4.5 stars I am excited to be taking part in the #BooksOnTour #BlogTour for Shirley Dickson's latest emotional historical tale THE LOST CHILDREN. I have been a fan of Shirley Dickson since her debut "The Orphan Sisters" . Since then I have followed her book trail of fabulous historical fiction, reading each one and loving them all. Though having the backdrop of the second world war, her books are not about the war but more about those affected during the war...generally orphans or evacuees ★★★★★ 4.5 stars I am excited to be taking part in the #BooksOnTour #BlogTour for Shirley Dickson's latest emotional historical tale THE LOST CHILDREN. I have been a fan of Shirley Dickson since her debut "The Orphan Sisters" . Since then I have followed her book trail of fabulous historical fiction, reading each one and loving them all. Though having the backdrop of the second world war, her books are not about the war but more about those affected during the war...generally orphans or evacuees. But what I especially love about Shirley's books, while none of them are part of a series, each one includes some characters from previous stories. For example, the orphanage that was much of the focus in her debut has been mentioned in each book since. As well the funeral director Mr Neville who has gained a mention briefly in this book who was so much a part of the first and second books. Now THE LOST CHILDREN features so many characters from her third book from earlier this year "The Outcast Girls" that they each play something of a different part now..and it was was lovely to revisit them once again. South Shields, 1935: Working as a typist at a garage, Martha Moffat falls under the spell of Edward Fenwick and soon finds herself pregnant. When her condition is discovered, her boss sacks her with immediate effect and her mother is not best pleased either. Unmarried and pregnant, Martha is shipped off to a hospital for unwed mothers for the remainder of her pregnancy. Determined not to grow attached to her child her plan is to have the baby adopted, but then she is surprised when the nurse finds two heartbeats. Her mother, when she tells her, is livid. But when her babies are born, Martha is overwhelmed by a sense of pure love for them...and in that moment, she knows that she cannot give them up. 1943: The war is now into its fourth year with no sign of letting up and Martha works at a munitions factory while her mother looks after her twins Jacob and Molly She hasn't been home for some time to visit and when she manages to get 24 hours leave she is eager to see her now 8 year old twins. But upon arrival she finds South Shields in disarray. The wardens will not let her enter her street which had been decimated by a raid the night before. Her house was now a pile of rubble and her mother gone, who died protecting her children. Determined her children must remain safe at all costs, Martha decides to evacuate them to the country where they will out of harms way. At the station she thrusts a letter into Jacob's hands, telling him not to open it but to give it to a grown up when they find themselves in trouble. How will I know, her young son asks. You'll know, she whispers to him. Jacob is the older of the twins with a forthright manner, a stubborn streak and will protect his sister at all costs whereas Molly is the quieter of the two and much shyer. She had a difficult birth, leaving her with a weakness on her left side they called Cerebral Palsy resulting in her having to wear a calliper on her left leg. It often angered Jacob that people thought Molly wasn't bright because of her physical disability but she was much cleverer than him. Other kids often teased her and on such occasions Jacob was quick to jump to her defence. Their mam treated them as equals and that Molly was no different. It made him mad when no one else saw it that way. The children arrive in Leadburn, a seemingly sleepy village with cows and horses and none of the smell of industry that they have been so used to back home. Not wanting to be separated, and no one wanting to take on a crippled child as soon as they see Molly, the children are billeted to Mrs Merryfield who they call Aunty Brigit. Though wary at first, the children adjust to life in the country and Aunty Brigit is a godsend. She is just like an older version of mam and the children grow to love her. But when Aunty Brigit fails to return from the coal merchant one day, they are shocked to discover she had fallen and broken her hip and is now recuperating in hospital. So Doris Leadbetter, the postmistress, takes charge of the children and delivers them to somewhat grumpy farmer Bob Nichols, who had recently lost his son in the war and wife to illness. Reluctant to take them on at first, Mr Bob (as the children call him) takes them in until Doris is able to find something more suitable for them. But when the unthinkable happens and the children's mother Martha is killed in an explosion at the munitions factory, they are faced with the possibility of being sent to the orphanage. When Molly overhears a conversation stating as such, she and Jacob devise a plan to escape so they can remain together. But then Jacob remembers the letter their mam gave him for safekeeping until they were in trouble. Does this constitute "trouble"? And which grown up does he trust enough to give the letter to? And what will it mean when he does? Will he and Molly be separated? But nothing will prepare Jacob or Molly for what is to come when a secret in the letter is revealed. THE LOST CHILDREN is a heartfelt story of love, loss and tragedy in the face of a turbulent time such as the war. The bond between the twins is so fierce no one could break it and Jacob wouldn't let them. The way he takes care of his sister and looks out for her is endearing and yet when Molly begins to find her inner strength standing up for herself and putting others needs before her own is exemplary. Jacob is the embodiment of the British 'stiff upper lip' that was so abundant of the time and yet he also showed a vulnerability which reminded us that he was just a child. Alongside Jacob and Molly, I was delighted to return to Leadburn again and revisit Sandra, Frieda, Doris Leadbetter, Bob Nichols and Matthew Carlton, whom we all met in the previous book "The Outcast Girls". I love how Shirley blended their stories with the current one, bringing out a side not previously seen to one particular character that was simply endearing. It reminded me another favourite read of mine, "Goodnight Mr Tom". A heartwarming story that is also heartbreaking, THE LOST CHILDREN will have you reaching for the tissues throughout but by the end you will be smiling. It's an emotional rollercoaster ride from beginning to end but one that will leave you satisfied. A wonderful heartfelt tale that Shirley Dickson has delivered yet again! Recommended for fans of feelgood wartime historical fiction. I would like to thank #ShirleyDickson, #NetGalley and #Bookouture for an ARC of #TheLostChildren in exchange for an honest review. This review appears on my blog at https://stinathebookaholic.blogspot.com/.

  5. 4 out of 5

    CYIReadBooks (Claire)

    Like most WWII historical fiction novels, they are all pretty much heartbreaking. The Lost Children is no exception. Set around the Operation Pied Piper years, The Lost Children focuses on twins Jacob and Molly Moffat, who, born out of wedlock are forced to grow up in a war torn country. Struggling to survive, Jacob and Molly must face unimaginable hardships that are only exacerbated by Molly’s disability. The Lost Children is very well written and will certainly please any fan of the historical Like most WWII historical fiction novels, they are all pretty much heartbreaking. The Lost Children is no exception. Set around the Operation Pied Piper years, The Lost Children focuses on twins Jacob and Molly Moffat, who, born out of wedlock are forced to grow up in a war torn country. Struggling to survive, Jacob and Molly must face unimaginable hardships that are only exacerbated by Molly’s disability. The Lost Children is very well written and will certainly please any fan of the historical fiction genre. The storyline is engaging, emotional, and will stir your heart. I felt hate, love, and disdain. A four star emotive read. I received a digital ARC from Bookouture through NetGalley. The review herein is completely my own and contains my honest thoughts and opinions.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    This is the first book I have read by Shirley Dickson, but it won't be my last. This is a heartbreaking story set during WWII. This story is not about the was itself, but how it affects those left behind. In this story we meet eight year old twins, Molly and Jacob. They were born out of wedlock and after war breaks out, their mother leaves them with their granny while she goes to work in a munitions factory. A bombing in their hometown kills their granny and their mother finally decides to evacu This is the first book I have read by Shirley Dickson, but it won't be my last. This is a heartbreaking story set during WWII. This story is not about the was itself, but how it affects those left behind. In this story we meet eight year old twins, Molly and Jacob. They were born out of wedlock and after war breaks out, their mother leaves them with their granny while she goes to work in a munitions factory. A bombing in their hometown kills their granny and their mother finally decides to evacuate them to the countryside. Jacob and Molly face unimaginable hardships that are only worsened by Molly’s disability caused by cerebral palsy. This is their story. The Lost Children is very well written and seemed well researched. The characters are well developed. I loved reading about the love and support that Jacob and Molly gave each other. I just wanted to reach into the pages and hug them both and bring them home with me. The secondary characters were also wonderful. Seeing the relationships between the various residents and the twins grow was beautiful. This story was full of ups and downs. It seemed like things were going well, then there was another situation that knocked them for a loop. I can't believe how strong they were. This story had my emotions all over the place. I felt sympathy, love, disdain, anger, excitement and satisfaction. The setting and descriptions were well written and allowed me to visualize what what was happening. This is a story that will engage you from start to finish. One that lovers of Historical Fiction will certainly enjoy. I recommend this one. I was gifted a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty Noah-whitlock

    Book Description: As they walked towards the railway station, their mother took an envelope from her handbag. ‘I want you to keep this somewhere safe.’ ‘What’s in the letter?’ ‘Listen carefully. You’re never to open it unless you or your sister are in real trouble. Promise me.’ England, 1943: Home is no longer safe for eight-year-old twins Molly and Jacob. Night after night wailing bombs and screeching planes skim the rooftops overhead. They cradle each other, shivering in terror, not knowing if the Book Description: As they walked towards the railway station, their mother took an envelope from her handbag. ‘I want you to keep this somewhere safe.’ ‘What’s in the letter?’ ‘Listen carefully. You’re never to open it unless you or your sister are in real trouble. Promise me.’ England, 1943: Home is no longer safe for eight-year-old twins Molly and Jacob. Night after night wailing bombs and screeching planes skim the rooftops overhead. They cradle each other, shivering in terror, not knowing if they will live to see dawn. Their mother, Martha, has no choice but to evacuate them to the safety of the countryside. At the train station, Martha bites back tears as she says goodbye to her precious children. Knowing she might never see them again, she gives Jacob a letter, pressing the envelope into his hands and telling him to only read it if they are in danger. In the country, Molly and Jacob must adjust to life with strangers. Every night they dream of returning home to the arms of their beloved mother. But then the unimaginable happens. Martha is killed in an explosion, leaving the twins all alone in the world. The war has robbed Molly and Jacob of everything – all they have left is one another. Motherless and destitute, they face the grim reality of life in an orphanage. The time has finally come for Jacob to open the letter. What secret does it hold, and could it change the course of their tragic fate? Because if they are together, they can survive anything – but what if they are torn apart? From the bestselling author of The Orphan Sisters comes an utterly heartbreaking and unforgettable tale of two children who must lean on each other in a time of tragedy and learn the shocking truth of their past. Fans of Wives of War, Lisa Wingate and Diney Costeloe will be swept away by this sublime World War Two novel. BLOG TOUR REVIEW Review for 'The Lost Children' by Shirley Dickson. Read and reviewed via NetGalley for Bookouture publishers and Bookouture anonymous Publication date 30th September 2020 This is the first book that I have read by this author. I was originally drawn to this book by its intriguing and beautiful cover and interesting sounding blurb. I also wanted a change from my typical genre of crime fiction and this looked perfect. I must admit I was also biased due to the publisher being Bookouture. I have yet to read a book published by Bookouture that I haven't enjoyed. Hopefully this won't be the first... Watch this space! (Written before I started reading the book). This novel consists of a prologue, 32 chapters and an epilogue. The chapters are medium in length so ideal to read 'just one more chapter' before bed...OK, I know yeah right, but still just in case! This book is written in third person perspective and the main protagonists are Jacob and Molly. I enjoy books written in third person as it let's you see the bigger picture of what's going on and you get to know more characters. This book is based in the UK. I always enjoy when books are set in the UK as I'm from Wales and have sometimes visited areas mentioned in the book. This makes it easier to picture where the scenes are set at times. This book is very well written with excellent descriptions that really made the story come alive for me. I think that the author did quite alot of research into what things were like during the war which is nice to see as sometimes you get books based around the war with several inaccurate events. I would describe the storyline like a roller-coaster. The first 15% was quite slow while your being taken to the top and then all of a sudden you are swept of your feet going speeding towards twists and turns, several that you won't see coming!! It is filled with love, war, loss and heartbreak and shows the beautiful and strong relationship between Jacob and Molly. I absolutely adored the ending!! THE characters are all strong and very well developed and I really enjoyed reading how they developed as individuals and the relationships that were formed. Overall an absolutely beautifully written historical war novel that will sweep you off your feet and fill you with a wide range of emotions Genres covered include Sagas, Historical Fiction. I would recommend this book to the fans of the above as well as anyone looking for a story that will stay with you for a long time. 374 pages. This book is £1.99 to purchase on kindle via Amazon which I think is an absolute bargain for this book!!! Rated 5/5 (I loved it ) on Goodreads, Instagram, Amazon UK and Amazon US and on over 30 Facebook pages plus my blog on Facebook. Feel free to add me on Goodreads or follow me on my website or Facebook for more reviews #TheLostChildren #ShirleyDickson #Bookouture #NetGalley #BookReview #BlogTour #BooksOnTour @ShirleyDickson @Bookouture @Bookworm1986 @bookworm86 https://kcmw86.wixsite.com/bookworm86 https://m.facebook.com/Bookworm1986/?... https://m.facebook.com/Bookwork86/?__... Author Bio: Shirley Dickson was born and grew up in the seaside town of South Shields. She left school at fifteen and can’t remember a time when she didn’t write. She entered her first short story competition in ‘School Friend’ when she was eleven. After Shirley retired from auxiliary nursing, she was able to devote her time to writing. After living in various locations, she settled under the big skies of Northumberland and has lived with her husband in the same house for over forty years. Shirley has three daughters and four grandchildren and likes nothing better than family gatherings. https://twitter.com/ShirleyDWriter Buy Links: Amazon: https://bit.ly/2Hm3yvP Apple: https://apple.co/2RO1I99 Kobo: https://bit.ly/3hSS9jS Google: https://bit.ly/2RQcg7F --

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sydney Long

    Shirley Dickson does it again. The Lost Children is a heartbreaking story of Jacob and Molly, twins born out of wedlock to a young English mother. Determined to keep them safe from the bombings over England during WWII, their mother sends them to safety to in the countryside. There, they meet wonderful people who make them feel at home even though they’re far away from their real one. When the war claims the life of their mother, the twins are in limbo as they aren’t sure what will happen to the Shirley Dickson does it again. The Lost Children is a heartbreaking story of Jacob and Molly, twins born out of wedlock to a young English mother. Determined to keep them safe from the bombings over England during WWII, their mother sends them to safety to in the countryside. There, they meet wonderful people who make them feel at home even though they’re far away from their real one. When the war claims the life of their mother, the twins are in limbo as they aren’t sure what will happen to them once the war is over. When reading about the children refugees in the English countryside during the war, we’re often told of stories with no great times. The author discovered that just as there are many bad experiences for these children, she also learns that there are just as many good ones. Dickson paints a picture of a good experience for the children. They are taken in by strangers and loved. I love the emotional roller coaster the children go on during this book. Kids back then went through so much and even though this is fiction, it’s paints a very realistic picture and at a crazy time like this, restores your faith that there are good people out there willing to help out their fellow citizens. Thank you to Shirley and NetGalley for the chance to read this a little early. I loved it!

  9. 5 out of 5

    ROBIN RUIZ

    While this is a historical read, it is so much more than that. It’s about sorrows, loss, war torn countries, kindness, love and resilience. Jacob and Molly are the most beautiful and resilient characters I have ever met. After their house is bombed out and their grandmother is killed, their mom sends them to the country for a war free life... with a promise to be reunited after the war. Their mom hands Jacob a letter saying to only open in an emergency . An emergency happens and the letter is open While this is a historical read, it is so much more than that. It’s about sorrows, loss, war torn countries, kindness, love and resilience. Jacob and Molly are the most beautiful and resilient characters I have ever met. After their house is bombed out and their grandmother is killed, their mom sends them to the country for a war free life... with a promise to be reunited after the war. Their mom hands Jacob a letter saying to only open in an emergency . An emergency happens and the letter is opened and a secret is revealed and while it may be a good thing it also may not. This book was a beautiful story with such memorable characters. I highly recommend this book. A huge thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for my ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cherihy808

    3.5 rounded up to 4 stars. Historical fiction has become one of my favorite types of books to read, especially ones based on WWII. This book was very emotional. So much tragedy and sadness. My heart constantly broke for Jacob and Molly....so much loss and heartache for such young children. I enjoyed all the characters in this book and I think the author did a great job describing each of them and giving us details into each of their lives. Of course I loved Molly and Jacob but I also really love 3.5 rounded up to 4 stars. Historical fiction has become one of my favorite types of books to read, especially ones based on WWII. This book was very emotional. So much tragedy and sadness. My heart constantly broke for Jacob and Molly....so much loss and heartache for such young children. I enjoyed all the characters in this book and I think the author did a great job describing each of them and giving us details into each of their lives. Of course I loved Molly and Jacob but I also really loved Mr. Bob, Aunty Doris and Aunty Brigit. The way they cared for these two children who have lost so many people in their short lives...it was just such an emotional story. I definitely recommend it for anyone who enjoys historical fiction. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne

    A story of love and resiliency. Martha Maddox has a good job as a typist but after a fling she finds herself pregnant and fired. At first she plans to give up the baby but then when she has twins her mother steps in and they decide to raise Jacob and Molly together and tell the children that their father is dead. It is war time and Martha sends the children out to the country but before they part she gives Jacob a letter and tells him when they are in trouble to give it to the person they trust A story of love and resiliency. Martha Maddox has a good job as a typist but after a fling she finds herself pregnant and fired. At first she plans to give up the baby but then when she has twins her mother steps in and they decide to raise Jacob and Molly together and tell the children that their father is dead. It is war time and Martha sends the children out to the country but before they part she gives Jacob a letter and tells him when they are in trouble to give it to the person they trust most and above all else take care of his sister. They are moved to the town of Leadburn and they are taken care of by various people in the town. All the characters were wonderful. Sometimes I forgot that Jacob and Molly were only eight years old. They had suffered through so much and maintained their closeness in spite of everything. They developed close relationships with Aunty Bridgit and Aunty Doris and Mr. Bob. The countryside during the war was very well depicted with the work on the farms and the Land Girls that the children became friends with. I experienced a lot of emotions reading this. There were lots of ups and downs in the story but all in all very satisfying. I would definitely recommend this to my friends. Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for my copy of this book. These are my own opinions.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Park

    The Lost Children is a wonderful, though very emotional, piece of historical fiction that will stay with me for a long time. Firstly it was great to have a book from a children’s point of view for a change and I so enjoyed following the twins on their journey. I loved the vivid descriptions of the northern village the twins find themselves in which made me feel like I was actually there, experiencing everything alongside them. The sense of community was beautiful to read about and I liked that ev The Lost Children is a wonderful, though very emotional, piece of historical fiction that will stay with me for a long time. Firstly it was great to have a book from a children’s point of view for a change and I so enjoyed following the twins on their journey. I loved the vivid descriptions of the northern village the twins find themselves in which made me feel like I was actually there, experiencing everything alongside them. The sense of community was beautiful to read about and I liked that everyone helped each other, often making sacrifices for other people. It was heartwarming to see the villagers include the twins into their lives and how they settled in so quickly. This is a very emotional books which made me sob at times. The twins go through a lot of heartache throughout the story and I often found myself wishing I could put my arm round them. Having said that the book isn’t bogged down in sadness and the over all feeling I got from this book is actually an uplifting one. Overall I really enjoyed this fast paced, easy read which was the first book I’ve read from this author. I’ll definitely be recommending this book to others and look forward to reading more from her in the future. Huge thanks to Sarah Hardy for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Bookouture for my copy of this book via Netgalley.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kendra Choy

    4.5 Stars The Lost Children is a hauntingly beautiful story about single mother, Martha, who's last resort is to leave her twin children, Jacob and Molly, to evacuate to the country, with a letter to be read as a last resort! The twins find country life to be very different than what they are used to, but are able to use their resiliency to stay together and survive. The book takes us on their adventures and trials as they try to survive the war. I am a huge fan of Historical Fiction, and this sto 4.5 Stars The Lost Children is a hauntingly beautiful story about single mother, Martha, who's last resort is to leave her twin children, Jacob and Molly, to evacuate to the country, with a letter to be read as a last resort! The twins find country life to be very different than what they are used to, but are able to use their resiliency to stay together and survive. The book takes us on their adventures and trials as they try to survive the war. I am a huge fan of Historical Fiction, and this story reminds me why I love it so much! Ms. Dickson had me captivated from the first page with a beautiful yet heartbreaking story. This is one the type of book that keeps you glued to the pages to finish the story, but at the same time, you never want the book to end.... if you are not a Historical Fiction fan, I encourage you to give it a shot. This is the kind of book that will make you a booklover. Thank you to Netgalley for my ARC in exchange for my review and honest opinion.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sandra McKenna

    A heartbreaking story. A very moving story of losses due to World War II, the evacuation of children and the consequences. Twins, Molly and Jacob are sent to the country not knowing if they would ever see their mother again. Well written and emotional read, I have no hesitation in recommending this to lovers of WW2 sagas.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    Another wonderful book from Shirley Dickson kept me hooked from start to finish and i can highly recommend this book 5*

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Jeffery

    Genre: Historical fiction 
Rating: 5/5
Plot: 
England, 1943: Home is no longer safe for eight-year-old twins Molly and Jacob. Night after night wailing bombs and screeching planes skim the rooftops overhead. They cradle each other, shivering in terror, not knowing if they will live to see dawn. Their mother, Martha, has no choice but to evacuate them to the safety of the countryside.
At the train station, Martha bites back tears as she says goodbye to her precious children. Knowing she might nev Genre: Historical fiction 
Rating: 5/5
Plot: 
England, 1943: Home is no longer safe for eight-year-old twins Molly and Jacob. Night after night wailing bombs and screeching planes skim the rooftops overhead. They cradle each other, shivering in terror, not knowing if they will live to see dawn. Their mother, Martha, has no choice but to evacuate them to the safety of the countryside.
At the train station, Martha bites back tears as she says goodbye to her precious children. Knowing she might never see them again, she gives Jacob a letter, pressing the envelope into his hands and telling him to only read it if they are in danger.
In the country, Molly and Jacob must adjust to life with strangers. Every night they dream of returning home to the arms of their beloved mother. But then the unimaginable happens. Martha is killed in an explosion, leaving the twins all alone in the world.
The war has robbed Molly and Jacob of everything – all they have left is one another. Motherless and destitute, they face the grim reality of life in an orphanage. The time has finally come for Jacob to open the letter. What secret does it hold, and could it change the course of their tragic fate? Because if they are together, they can survive anything – but what if they are torn apart?
My verdict: Firstly thank you to net galley for letting me read this book prior to its release and I’m so glad I did because I’ve now found a new historical fiction author that I love. I have to admire the authors intentions when highlighting the prejudice faced by those with cerebral palsy in 1940 and for me I identified with Molly a lot. This book made me laugh and cry all in one sitting with a mug of hot chocolate as I soaked up every delicious detail and relived every event alongside the characters. I adored Jacob and he truly embodied the old British motto of the stiff upper lip at times we saw a vulnerability which reminded us that even children and men are allowed to feel things as deeply as women do. Shirley Dickinson sympathetic and empathetic writing reminded me of Ellie Dean and Annie Groves and I have to say she is a welcome addition to my bookshelf since Ellie Dean finished writing the Cliffhaven series. I loved her cosy characters all dealing with their own personal struggles such as grief, anorexia and being a child from a country that is considered an enemy. I admired Martha and all that she did for her children and all that she sacrificed for them. I found her to be a woman of substance and if I ever had the chance to meet her in person I would like to thank you for instilling confidence into her daughter Molly in regards to her disability and how her grandmother is still at attitude towards gossip and excuses helped her flourish when she was plucked from her comfy life into chaos which must’ve been very lonely.
I loved Mr Bob and Doris who reminded me of my favourite childhood read, ‘goodnight mr Tom’ and I knew when I first encountered these two characters that the twins would be well loved.
Overall, it’s a sweet read packed with action at every turn. I could see this turned into a radio drama. It strikes the right balance of being heartwarming whilst still portraying the harsh realities of war and how not every evacuee was lucky to find a second family and the impact it had on the next generation. I applaud the author for addressing the stigmas attached to disabilities and prejudice towards the marriages of the lower and upper class as well as extramarital affairs and those who are reluctant to face up to their parental responsibilities, leaving the women with tarnished reputations. In summary a lovely read with equal doses of gritty realism and moments of happiness.



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  17. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Rimmelzwaan

    The Lost Children by Shirley Dickson is a historical fiction novel set in World War 2. As with other books set during this period it is a hearbreaking read,but it is so much more than just that.It is also a story of resilience, love and kindness. Twins Jacob and Molly are sent away by their mother, Molly as a last resort to Leadham in the country.In the day of their departure Molly hands a letter to Jacob which she tells him not to open unless they have no other options.They settle and adjust to The Lost Children by Shirley Dickson is a historical fiction novel set in World War 2. As with other books set during this period it is a hearbreaking read,but it is so much more than just that.It is also a story of resilience, love and kindness. Twins Jacob and Molly are sent away by their mother, Molly as a last resort to Leadham in the country.In the day of their departure Molly hands a letter to Jacob which she tells him not to open unless they have no other options.They settle and adjust to their lives with Aunt Brigit to the point where they feel she is just an older version of their mother. One day she breaks her hip and can't come home.They end up in a temporary home with a bit of a grumpy Mr.Joe until they can be permanently placed. Then Molly overhears a conversation that shakes her to the core, their mam is dead, and they are heading to an orphanage! The twins hatch a plan to escape so they can stay together. Jacob is reminded of the letter their mam gave him and is in a quandary, what do they do? Open it? Give it to an adult to open? Or what? All I can say they are never going to be ready for what informatiom that letter holds. An absolutely heartbreaking story. I know so many children were evacuated during this time and my heart goes out to everyone of them. I could never imagine being put on a train by my mother and going to a strange place with a bunch of strangers. This story highlights the resilience of these children. Molly is a disabled child so Jacob has to be strong for them both during these times. I admired Jacob for all he does for her. My heart went out to Molly with the struggles she has anyway, never mind the evacuation and what follows for them. An author I have not previously read anything from. I shall certainly be reading more of her work, for sure. In conclusion, this is a beautiful, heartbreaking but also uplifting read, Make sure you have a hankie or tissues, you may need them! Big thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for the copy of The Lost Children to write my review today.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Angela Brown

    Thank you for the early copy of this book in return for a full review which is entirely my own opinion I had never read a book by this author before - and had no idea that there had been a previous novel in the series about two of the other characters until I had finished The Lost Children. However this made no difference as all the characters were well written and I didn't feel at any time that I was missing part of the narrative. It was a heart rending story about a pair of twins one of whom wa Thank you for the early copy of this book in return for a full review which is entirely my own opinion I had never read a book by this author before - and had no idea that there had been a previous novel in the series about two of the other characters until I had finished The Lost Children. However this made no difference as all the characters were well written and I didn't feel at any time that I was missing part of the narrative. It was a heart rending story about a pair of twins one of whom was disabled with cerebral palsy and at times treated very badly but this was probably reflective of the times. They lost all who were dear to them and were left alone. Molly's decision towards the end of the book had me in tears which is not a usual occurrence when I read a book. One thing that did confuse me was the father of the twins and I shall bring this up with the publisher- as I had an advance review copy I wonder if this was corrected in the final copy? I don't usually read books that have similar content consecutively - but this time it seems to have fallen this way. Both books were about children being evacuated to the country - but the two books could not have been more different - which was nice to read but a surprise. I am not old enough to know what life was like in the War - or what it must have been like to lose family or be taken away from them - so to read two different views of evacuation was interesting. I would certainly read more books by this author - maybe not the prequel to The Lost Children now as I know the outcome. Thank you to Shirley Dickson for this book and the chance to read it

  19. 4 out of 5

    booklover BEV

    An unputdownable read Heartbreakingly beautiful It will pull at your heartstrings Tissues needed definitely 1935 south shields north east England Martha Moffat works for the Fenwick at the garage in Hake Street and is dismissed after the father Edward finds her in the family way. The future looks bleak,and what is her mam going to say, money is tight so the only solution is adoption. She is taking into the mother's hospital in Newcastle where she finds she is having twins after the birth of her son a An unputdownable read Heartbreakingly beautiful It will pull at your heartstrings Tissues needed definitely 1935 south shields north east England Martha Moffat works for the Fenwick at the garage in Hake Street and is dismissed after the father Edward finds her in the family way. The future looks bleak,and what is her mam going to say, money is tight so the only solution is adoption. She is taking into the mother's hospital in Newcastle where she finds she is having twins after the birth of her son and daughter her mam has a change of heart and wants them all home. It's won't be easy bringing up Molly and Jacob especially as its now the breakout of WW2. Martha is working in ordnance factory as a munitionette living in a hostal while her mam lives in the tiny flat with the twins till tragedy strikes and her mam is killed, she has no choice but to evacuate them both so she can carry on working. Molly has cerebral palsy with physical difficulties but both children have to stay together and end up in Leadburn Northumberland with Mrs Merryfield Aunty Brigit a lovely village and things run smoothly and both are settled and happy. All the characters are brought to life and especially old characters that come in from this author's other three book that we recognise. I really had to keep pausing this book, to shed lots of tears, its truly is a remarkable story as we follow the twins throughout the war is there happiness ahead? You must read it you won't be disappointed. One of the best.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    The Lost Children by Shirley Dickson is a heart wrenching historical novel set in the North East of England mainly during World War II. The novel shows the bond of twins – a boy and a girl born in 1935. Theirs is a story of searching to belong as they are evacuated in 1943. Shirley Dickson has created some marvellous and realistic characters. The twins will lodge in your heart as their self-sacrificing love and unbreakable bond shines through. There is a community spirit in the village where everyo The Lost Children by Shirley Dickson is a heart wrenching historical novel set in the North East of England mainly during World War II. The novel shows the bond of twins – a boy and a girl born in 1935. Theirs is a story of searching to belong as they are evacuated in 1943. Shirley Dickson has created some marvellous and realistic characters. The twins will lodge in your heart as their self-sacrificing love and unbreakable bond shines through. There is a community spirit in the village where everyone knows everyone’s business, and pulls together when there is a need. There is much warmth and some tough love when needed. The reader witnesses how attitudes have changed since the 1930’s when unmarried mothers were frowned upon and encouraged to give up their babies for adoption. It was always the women who suffered and never the men who had taken advantage of them. There are some truly horrifying attitudes towards disability too. Whilst many adults treat eight year old Mollie (who has cerebral palsy and wears a calliper) with kindness, there are some who just want to hide her away in a home. Bullies at school are unkind too. Mollie’s indomitable spirit and bravery really make the reader just want to pick her up and love her. I absolutely adored The Lost Children. Shirley Dickson is a new author to me but I want to read more, more, more. I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Corinne Rodrigues

    Historical fiction is fast becoming one of my favorite genres, especially when based around World War 2. The Lost Children is a heartbreaking story of loss and tragedy and above all love in the midst of the devastation of the War. Young children such as Molly and Jacob are often the worst victims of war. The author has done a magnificent job of portraying the sense of loss and fear that displaced children in war torn England must have experienced. I l wonder how many children to their own device Historical fiction is fast becoming one of my favorite genres, especially when based around World War 2. The Lost Children is a heartbreaking story of loss and tragedy and above all love in the midst of the devastation of the War. Young children such as Molly and Jacob are often the worst victims of war. The author has done a magnificent job of portraying the sense of loss and fear that displaced children in war torn England must have experienced. I l wonder how many children to their own devices and became victims of abuse and neglect. This is an endearing story of the twins taking care of each other and giving each other strength in the most difficult circumstances. Jacob's care of Molly, his attempts to be brave, while still being a child himself are very moving. Molly too beings to find her own strength and puts the needs of others before her own. While the story centres on the characters of Molly and Jacob, there are other fine characters in it like Aunty Doris and Aunty Brigit and Mr Bob who reached out to care for them. The author also brought out the strength of a community taking care of the vulnerable, like all responsible communities should. A very emotional read and yet very heart-warming too. My first read from this author. I'd definitely recommend it and will be looking out for more books from her.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Vicky

    A gripping storyline from beginning to the end! The author has done a magnificent portrayal of what displaced children must have endured and experienced during England’s traumatic War torn cities! The children, Molly & Jacob are shuffled around between homes and then when their mother is killed, they are just thrown into a panic because who and where do they go to now? How horrible for so many children to discover that they no longer have families and they are left with anyone who will take them A gripping storyline from beginning to the end! The author has done a magnificent portrayal of what displaced children must have endured and experienced during England’s traumatic War torn cities! The children, Molly & Jacob are shuffled around between homes and then when their mother is killed, they are just thrown into a panic because who and where do they go to now? How horrible for so many children to discover that they no longer have families and they are left with anyone who will take them into their homes. What if those individuals were not good people? How many children ended up enduring lives of abuse and suffering? Jacob has a secret letter he is only to open in an emergency. He is wondering if his mother’s death would be considered that time? What a burden to place on a child to make that type of decision! This book was so compelling that I was brought to tears! The author has phenomenal insight into the characters and drew every ounce of life into them that made them just jump off the pages! I would buy this book and recommend it! I would give it more than 5 stars if I could! I received an advanced copy from NetGalley and these are my willingly given thoughts and opinions!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Donita T. Qualey

    Jacob and Molly are 8 year old twins of an unmarried mother in England during WW2. After their grandmother is killed in a bombing raid, they are sent to billet in rural England. They constantly fear being separated. Molly has weakness on one side of her body and has difficulty walking and with fine motor movement. They are first placed with a caring, older woman who suffers a fall breaking her hip. This is unfortunate as she was working with Molly to strengthen her leg and hand. They are moved t Jacob and Molly are 8 year old twins of an unmarried mother in England during WW2. After their grandmother is killed in a bombing raid, they are sent to billet in rural England. They constantly fear being separated. Molly has weakness on one side of her body and has difficulty walking and with fine motor movement. They are first placed with a caring, older woman who suffers a fall breaking her hip. This is unfortunate as she was working with Molly to strengthen her leg and hand. They are moved to a farm owned by an older grieving widower. These children brighten his life in ways he can’t imagine. Their Mam gave Jacob a letter to use in case of emergency when she went off to work in a munitions factory. That letter revealed the identity of their father. Will they end up with the family they desire? I love reading about this time in history, when children in English cities were sent to rural England during the war. The love of families, the openness of families housing the children and the trust that has to exist is remarkable. Such a wonderful, heart-warming story. Don’t miss this one! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shirley McAllister

    Twins Stick Together This book tugs at the heartstrings. It is beautifully written and the characters are perfect. I love how Jacob is protective of his disabled sister and how Molly is so close to her brother. How they had to leave their mother at eight years old and go on a train to strange places and strange people. The mysterious letter Jacobs mother trusted him with when they were leaving and how that letter played out after their mother died in a factory accident. It is a story of two twins Twins Stick Together This book tugs at the heartstrings. It is beautifully written and the characters are perfect. I love how Jacob is protective of his disabled sister and how Molly is so close to her brother. How they had to leave their mother at eight years old and go on a train to strange places and strange people. The mysterious letter Jacobs mother trusted him with when they were leaving and how that letter played out after their mother died in a factory accident. It is a story of two twins evacuated to the countryside during WWII to escape the bombing in London. It is the story of the villagers where they were sent and how they loved and cared for the twins. This is a story of love and tragedy, of loss and of happiness. It is of how people lived through the war and although they all had problems they had compassion to help others. I would recommend this book, it is a good read. You might want to have some Kleenex handy as parts are sad. I know you will love it as much as I did. Thanks to Shirley Dickson, Bookouture, and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy in return for an honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Donita T. Qualey

    Jacob and Molly are 8 year old twins of an unmarried mother in England during WW2. After their grandmother is killed in a bombing raid, they are sent to billet in rural England. They constantly fear being separated. Molly has weakness on one side of her body and has difficulty walking and with fine motor movement. They are first placed with a caring, older woman who suffers a fall breaking her hip. This is unfortunate as she was working with Molly to strengthen her leg and hand. They are moved t Jacob and Molly are 8 year old twins of an unmarried mother in England during WW2. After their grandmother is killed in a bombing raid, they are sent to billet in rural England. They constantly fear being separated. Molly has weakness on one side of her body and has difficulty walking and with fine motor movement. They are first placed with a caring, older woman who suffers a fall breaking her hip. This is unfortunate as she was working with Molly to strengthen her leg and hand. They are moved to a farm owned by an older grieving widower. These children brighten his life in ways he can’t imagine. Their Mam gave Jacob a letter to use in case of emergency when she went off to work in a munitions factory. That letter revealed the identity of their father. Will they end up with the family they desire? I love reading about this time in history, when children in English cities were sent to rural England during the war. The love of families, the openness of families housing the children and the trust that has to exist is remarkable. Such a wonderful, heart-warming story. Don’t miss this one!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ceri Evans

    This is a beautiful yet heart breaking story of love, loss, hope and war. The cover image seeks to highlight the despair, confusion and loneliness the two main characters, Molly and Jacob, have to deal with throughout the book. The challenges they face only result in them becoming ever closer and more fiercely determined to not live without the other. The book is clouded by the devastation of war so there were many times my eyes filled with tears and I felt my heart sink as Jacob and Molly were de This is a beautiful yet heart breaking story of love, loss, hope and war. The cover image seeks to highlight the despair, confusion and loneliness the two main characters, Molly and Jacob, have to deal with throughout the book. The challenges they face only result in them becoming ever closer and more fiercely determined to not live without the other. The book is clouded by the devastation of war so there were many times my eyes filled with tears and I felt my heart sink as Jacob and Molly were dealt yet another disappointment. The book does not shy away from the realities and horrors of war. However, there is also something so beautiful about the relationship between Molly and Jacob, there is joy to be found in their innocence and determination. My favourite aspect of the book was probably the transformation of Mr Bob. The book reminded me of one of my favourite childhood books, Goodnight Mr Tom, and it really did give me all the feels. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to read a highly emotional, historical page turner. This is truly a stunning story and one that will stay with me for some time. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  27. 5 out of 5

    Denice Langley

    An emotional look at the lives of a set of twins in war torn Britain who are sent by their mother to live out of London. Many children were sent out of London during WWII. The relocations were meant to keep them safe and insure they had a somewhat secure future. History has given us many such stories that ended in pain and tragedy for the children with no bettering of their circumstances. So, while the story line is not an original one, Shirley Dickson has managed to capture the confusion and un An emotional look at the lives of a set of twins in war torn Britain who are sent by their mother to live out of London. Many children were sent out of London during WWII. The relocations were meant to keep them safe and insure they had a somewhat secure future. History has given us many such stories that ended in pain and tragedy for the children with no bettering of their circumstances. So, while the story line is not an original one, Shirley Dickson has managed to capture the confusion and uncertainty these children felt and make us feel their loss with them. Her well developed back story...a young unmarried mother with no family support who does what she feels is best for her children...moves quickly from her heartbreak to the children's long road to a home that will feel like home should. The Lost Children is an emotional read. Do not be surprised when you shed tears with these children or feel a mixture of sorrow and pleasure when the book ends on a better note. This author is very skilled a pulling your heart strings and making you care for the lost children.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Rodríguez

    An excellent book. This story takes place in England in 1943, a time when the lives of all English people were hung by a thin thread. For twins Molly and Jacob, their home is no longer safe. Every night they listen to the bombs dropped by Nazi planes. Marta, their mother makes the difficult decision to send them to the rural area, where they will be safer. In the rural area, the little ones try to adapt but they also promise to always be together to maintain the ideal of their family. This book An excellent book. This story takes place in England in 1943, a time when the lives of all English people were hung by a thin thread. For twins Molly and Jacob, their home is no longer safe. Every night they listen to the bombs dropped by Nazi planes. Marta, their mother makes the difficult decision to send them to the rural area, where they will be safer. In the rural area, the little ones try to adapt but they also promise to always be together to maintain the ideal of their family. This book made her worry about the twins. Sometimes she forgot that they were children because of the attitudes that Jacob especially took. I think some situations force you to grow up, the war caused that in Molly and Jacob. I liked that the author also recounted the situation of those people who interacted with the twins because it helped me understand their entire environment. It is the perfect book to learn the great love that two brothers can have. I thank NetGalley and Bookouture for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    J_Mc 251

    In spite of being a book filled with tragedies, this story used the sadness to show fortitude and the resilience of the human spirit. I don’t want to go too much into the plot because I think that the reader needs to experience Molly and Jacob’s journey on their own; it will be much more powerful. I liked how they befriended people who were in similar situations to them. Everybody in the town had lost somebody important, whether it was in the war, by natural causes, or (in Frieda’s case) by forc In spite of being a book filled with tragedies, this story used the sadness to show fortitude and the resilience of the human spirit. I don’t want to go too much into the plot because I think that the reader needs to experience Molly and Jacob’s journey on their own; it will be much more powerful. I liked how they befriended people who were in similar situations to them. Everybody in the town had lost somebody important, whether it was in the war, by natural causes, or (in Frieda’s case) by force. They all showed bravery in the face of adversity, especially Molly. Ultimately heartwarming and uplifting, the story of Molly and Jacob will stay with me for a long time. For a detailed review, please visit Fireflies and Free Kicks. Thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for a digital ARC of the book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Lyon

    I have been a fan of Shirley Dickson since her first book, "The Orphan Sisters" in 2019. Each of her 4 books grab you from the beginning and you want to find out what happens to the characters, but you don't want the story to end! In "The Lost Children" we have the heart breaking story about Martha, a single mother of twins, whose own mother recently passed away during a bombing in WWII. Martha ends up sending her children to the countryside to protect them from the war, while she continues to wo I have been a fan of Shirley Dickson since her first book, "The Orphan Sisters" in 2019. Each of her 4 books grab you from the beginning and you want to find out what happens to the characters, but you don't want the story to end! In "The Lost Children" we have the heart breaking story about Martha, a single mother of twins, whose own mother recently passed away during a bombing in WWII. Martha ends up sending her children to the countryside to protect them from the war, while she continues to work. The children, Molly and Jacob, end up in the care of Brigid, an older woman who dotes on them. Molly and Jacob meet with characters that we have met in previous Shirley Dickson books. This is a captivating story and grabs your interest from the first page. Hopefully there will be many more Shirley Dickson books to come in the near future!!!

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