“When the Second World War breaks out, young Willie Beech is evacuated to the countryside. A sad, deprived child, he slowly begins to flourish under the care of kind old Tom Oakley. But then his cruel mother summons him back to war-torn London…”
What can I truly say about this book?
This book is such an emotional and beautiful masterpiece that should be read by everyone, especially when you’re a child and then again as an adult. This book teaches you about so much and when I finished reading it, I was left thinking about countless of things. The innocence only a child has, mixed in with the anger and rage of the war. So much truth, made this book just heated with emotion. As an adult reading this book you can see everything and understand it all, which you passes over you as a child. The things within it this book broke my heart and took me on such an emotional roller coaster, seeing such audacity occurring to a child. It makes you ask questions and look at yourself and people differently.
The two main characters, William and Tom, are so different in personality at the start of this book, but by the time you get to the end of this book, they have become so similar. You can see how these two characters have developed throughout the entirety of the book, their development becoming part of the story. It never seems forced and the way it happens is so good and it’s because of what happens within the story. I can’t point to anything negative to say about this book, because of how great and important the writing, the plot, the characters, the story all is. This book just emotes so much.
I saw the movie adaptation when I was younger and had such a strong bond with that movie, that I was hesitant to read this book because I didn’t want those memories tainted. However, this book just added to those and is one of the closest and truest book to movie adaptations I have seen. You do get additional snippets and those little gems just added to my enjoyment, or added to or destroyed my emotions. Highly recommend!! Be warned, you will cry!
One of my all time favourite books*