It’s One of Ours
This is a story that begins on the day of the first air raids in London, 1939 and weaves a story that surrounds the life of four women, Anna, Queenie, Rosie and Liza, living in the same street during the Second World War, finishing in 1945 after Germany’s surrender. We enter into their lives and each has their own story but they all circulate around a single street.
This is a story of love lost and love found. There is a lot of tragedy but also joy, especially at the end of the tale. What makes this book more interesting is not so much the story it tells but how a community comes together and adapts during war, and it makes it more realistic because the author lived through the war herself.
I’ve been reading a lot of World War II stories, and they all seem to follow a regular pattern, the lives of those left behind. This is one in the same mold – it centres around one street and the lives of the inhabitants there, all scarred by the war. It is well written, sometimes sad but all through there is a spirit of hope that at the end of the story peace has been declared and this sense of community will survive.