1915. War with Germany has been raging, but the Isles of Scilly are largely unaffected. That is, until a girl washes up on the shore of one of the islands, and rumours about her begin to circulate. A stunning story about love, justice, community, surprisingly poignant for the modern day.
Michael Morpurgo, if you didn’t know, is one of my absolutely favourite authors, and this wonderful book of his definitely did not disappoint.
Set in one of my favourite historical periods, I knew I was going to love this book, but I really wish I had read it sooner because I didn’t realise quite how much.
The setting was so vivid and the characters so wonderful. I really felt like I was watching the events unfold before my own eyes. I wish there had been a little more from the perspective of Alfie, but aside from that, it really was so fascinating.
I love how Morpurgo uses stories from real life in his fiction. It makes it so much more impactful, I think, and the wreck of the Lustania has been something I’ve heard about but not really read much into. It was a tragic event, but I really want to find out more about it now I have read a little more about it in this novel.
This novel… wow, I can hardly describe it because it was just so stunning. It is a truly comforting novel, about family and friendship, and mental illness and taking time to become yourself again. I feel like I really connect to Lucy Lost, the main character, and she’s such a strong character, so brave and I just really want to give her a big hug!
Honestly, I know that this review has been a bit rambly, but I would really recommend this novel. I can already tell that it’s been a powerful novel for me, and I think that if you are a little bit lost right now too, it could be an important novel for you as well.