The Schellberg cycle is a set of stories set in war-torn Europe in the 1940s: all about the Holocaust and life in Germany and England, from the perspective of one group of family and friends.
Sunday, 1 March 2020
Ambulance Girls by Deborah Burrows
Maisie Halliday works as an ambulance driver. She had been a Tiller girl and in fact her ability to perform thirty-two high kicks in one minute enables her to fight her way out of a tricky situation.
She meets and falls in love with American Michael Harker who is involved in ousting hostile spies.
Deborah Burrows offers us a taste of what it must have been like working with ambulances during the Blitz and the continuing war.
Her characters are well drawn and we can empathise with them easily.
There is some good story-telling here as well. There is a lot of intrigue and we are kept guessing about exactly who is giving away secrets.
Burrows’ has clearly researched her era well. I know a lot about this epoch but I’ve learnt even more by reading this novel.
This is also very well written and veers a little more towards the literary than much other fiction in this genre.
The author also provides a short but useful bibliography at the end of the novel.
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