The Girls in Blue
When her London home is destroyed in a bombing raid, Miranda Beddoes has no choice but to take refuge at the family home, Highcliffe House in Dorset, while her parents are away doing their bit for the war effort. She has spent many happy times here as a child with her delightfully eccentric grandparents, their sharp but kind-hearted domestic Annie and her charismatic Uncle Jack. Miranda learns of a long-standing feud between her grandparents and the neighbouring Carstairs family, but for the moment she is more concerned with the devastating effects of the ongoing war. Miranda wants to help, too, and along with her new friend, Rita, she joins the WAAF and is soon hard at work helping to win the war. Her work brings her into contact with a reckless fighter pilot, Gill Maddern, but Miranda knows war is not the time to commit to long-term relationships, and the truth of this appears to be borne out quite tragically when Gill’s plane is shot down.
This is another Second World War novel from Lily Baxter, and it has all her usual hallmarks: warm, engaging characters that are endearingly human, fascinating background detail and a lively story that carries the reader right to the end.