‘So captivating, I was on edge while flipping through the pages as fast as I could… Truly heartwarming… Emotional, heartbreaking… I loved this… A must read!’ Pageturners ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Agnes was running as fast as her legs would carry her. She was dragging Dieter along beside her, her heart pounding, her mouth dry, her breath coming in great, sobbing gulps… She was running as if her life depended on it – and she knew it did.
1944. When the war comes to twelve-year-old Agnes’ village her life changes in an instant. Her father is dragged away by soldiers and her mother is mercilessly killed, leaving Agnes and her younger brother Dieter orphaned. Frightened, and surrounded by enemies, Agnes has no choice but to carry out her mother’s dying wish, whispered to her before the light flickered from her eyes: Promise you’ll look after your brother for me, Agnes… But when Dieter’s hand slips from her own while crossing a river, the rest of Agnes’s world shatters in an instant – has she truly lost everything?
Cambridge, present day. When her beloved grandfather dies, Freya is distraught. Not only has she lost the man who helped raise her, but she knows his stories of World War Two, and a part of her family history, is gone forever. But when Freya meets her new neighbour Agnes, whose accent is just like her grandfather’s, she notices a weather-beaten image of a little blonde boy in braces and boots that looks strangely familiar… Could Agnes hold the key to unlocking Freya’s past?
But Agnes has terrible secrets of her own, and she vowed never to speak about the little blonde boy in the photograph who risked everything to save her… But if she doesn’t, she might never discover what happened to her little brother all those years ago…
Inspired by the true stories of the forgotten orphans of World War Two, this heart-wrenching and moving tale is about fighting for your loved ones when all hope is lost. Breathtaking and unputdownable, this story of courage and survival is perfect for fans of Before We Were Yours, Sold on a Monday and The Orphan’s Tale.
What readers are saying about The Child Without a Home:
‘ALL. THE. STARS… You’ll be emotionally wrung out, yet absolutely spellbound… a heartwarming story that’ll have you reaching for your tissues… breathtaking… needs to be on every historical fiction lover’s TBR list.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘The best book of the year… You will forget that you need to do any work, household chores or just have a cup of tea. Let the whole world wait while you enjoy reading… wonderful… will not let you go for a minute!… Unforgettable.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Amazing… had me in tears, with my heart in my throat… the end of it made all my tears worthwhile.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘I couldn’t put it down… don’t forget your tissues… a heartbreaker.’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Oh my goodness I loved this book!… A must read.’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Superb… kept me on the edge of my seat throughout… Exciting, engrossing, page turner.’ Goodreads reviewer
In The Child Without A Home by AnnBennett, the reader hears the story of Agnes & Dieter as they try to survive in East Prussia near & at the end of WWII. It is. a story that could be told by hundreds of the feral orphans of this era & place. It is an almost forgotten tale of a country that was divided between Poland and Russia, and of people who tried to forget the horrors they endured and families they lost.
A secondary story is one of Freya who is studying at Cambridge, grieving over the loss of her Polish grandfather, and getting over a breakup with a longtime boyfriend. Freya and Flinn are Agnes’s neighbors and they show her kindness. As she shares her history with them, they grow closer and help one another heal.
I was able to read an ARC on #Netgalley.