The Lost English Girl

by Julia Kelly
An emotional story about being a single parent in the 1930s and 40s. It also covers the evacuation of school-age children to the country when Britain entered WWI and the hardship of separation. A young Catholic girl marries a Jewish boy when she becomes pregnant. The story shows the consequences of becoming pregnant out of wedlock and the complications of an inter-faith marriage. The Lost English Girl By Julia Kelly #historicalfiction, #bookclub, #womensfiction, #reading, #BooksToRead, #bookclub, #reading, #books, #thelostenglishgirl, #juliakelly, #WWII

Book Review

(by- Linda )

The story revolves around Viv, a young Catholic girl who marries Joshua, a Jewish boy, after becoming pregnant. During the 1930s and 40s, unwed mothers weren't treated well by society. Furthermore, interfaith marriages were also looked down upon, making Viv's life even more complicated.

Reading this book made me experience a range of emotions. First, I felt angry about how Viv was treated by her family, her husband, and society, especially her manipulative mother. Mothers should unconditionally love their children.

I was also saddened and conflicted when school-age children were sent away to ensure their safety when war was declared. But,I appreciated how Viv's mother-in-law eventually took responsibility and offered her support, despite her unhappiness with the marriage.

And finally, I loved Viv's courage as she forged ahead alone and always kept her daughter's welfare in mind when making decisions.

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