Thirteen-year-old Lisa has escaped from Nazi Germany on the Kindertransport. She arrives in London unable to speak a word of English, her few belongings crammed into a small suitcase. Among them is one precious photograph of the family she has left behind.
Lonely and homesick, Lisa is adopted by a childless couple. But when the Blitz blows her new home apart, she wakes up in hospital with no memory of who she is or where she came from. The authorities give her a new name and despatch her to a children's home.
With the war raging around her, what will become of Lisa now?
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Dartmouth Circle is quiet, exclusive – and that’s just the way its residents want it to stay. Especially queen bee and arch busybody Sheila Colby.
When she hears that the house next door to her has been bought for a student and four friends to rent, she is incandescent. Think of the noise, the parties, the comings and goings – and worse. Somehow it must be stopped.
But of course it can’t be. And anyway, nothing in this outwardly serene and beautiful little cul-de-sac is quite as it seems. There are seething tensions and quite dark secrets only just below the façade. Will the arrival of Madeleine ‘Mad’ Richmond and her friends bring them bubbling to the surface?
When Adelaide Anson-Gravetty finds out her father is not the man who raised her, she is both shocked and intrigued. Determined to find out more about her new family, she travels to the convent of Our Lady of Mercy in France to meet her aunt, the Reverend Mother.
But when France falls to the German army, Adelaide and the nuns are soon in the thick of a war that threatens both their beliefs and their lives. Collaborating with the Resistance, sheltering Jewish orphans, defying the rulings of Vichy France: these are dangerous activities in dangerous times.
These courageous women must give all they've got in order to protect the innocent from the evil menace of the Nazi war machine.