The Runaway Sisters by Ann Bennett is a beautiful contemporary novel that will break your heart whilst simultaneously filling your heart with love.
The novel is set during World War II and concerns the fortunes of two evacuee sisters from London relocated to Devon. Action alternates between another pair of modern day sisters and the war years.
Your heart will break for the two evacuees as sorrow and guilt are heavy burdens to carry through the months and years. Not all evacuees had an idyllic time in the countryside.
Relationships between the sisters are explored. One set are bonded by love. The other set experience sibling rivalry.
Our childhood experiences shape the adults we become. Some of our memories are hidden from view because they are too painful. This means our motivations for life are not understood by others as they fail to probe beneath the surface.
Ann Bennett has created a marvellous set of characters. My heart broke at times as cruelty knew no bounds whilst alternately swelling with the bonds of love.
The Runaway Sisters was my first book by Ann Bennett but I want more, more, more. She is now up there on my favourite author list, which is ever growing. I loved her style of writing. Her characters have lodged in my heart and soul.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.