We’ll Meet Again
At seventeen, Meg Colivet is living a privileged life with her wealthy family at Colivet Manor in Guernsey. In April 1939, Meg and her sister visit their aunt in Oxford, where Meg falls in love with undergraduate Rayner Weiss, but with war looming, she returns home hoping, but not expecting, to see Rayner again. Then the German army occupies the Channel Islands, Colivet Manor is requisitioned and Meg’s cosy world is turned upside down. As life becomes harder for both the islanders and their oppressors, Meg is faced with many problems. She is forced to question her feelings for Rayner, now a German officer, and also to look again at her own family, as old secrets are revealed. This is something of a coming-of-age book as Meg’s innocent and rather pampered childhood swiftly ends, and she becomes the strong focal point for her family and employees at the manor.
Lily Baxter is a natural storyteller, weaving in just enough detail of the progress of the war to inform but not overwhelm the reader, and creating some wonderfully realistic secondary characters who help to bring the story to life. Her knowledge and love of Guernsey shine through this book as she examines the difficulties of an island under occupation. Lily Baxter also writes as Dilly Court, and her many fans will not be disappointed.