Sunshine and Shadows
When her impoverished family is forced from their home, young Daisy Kildare is sent from Ireland to Liverpool to be companion to Cynthia, the niece of her Aunt Jane’s employers. She does well in school and finds a good friend in Jake, the chauffeur’s son, but then tragedy strikes her family.
Daisy remains strong and is determined to follow Jake to university. Then war breaks out and she goes to work in a munitions factory instead, falling in love with Sean along the way. Then Jake is injured in action and Daisy realises that perhaps she doesn’t love Sean after all.
Katie Flynn writes her Liverpool sagas with so much passion and joy that it is impossible not to be swept along by her enthusiasm. Daisy is a great main character, hard as nails, but with just enough softness to make her vulnerable and likeable. Sunshine and Shadows is another sure-fire winner.