The Runaway Children: Gripping and heartbreaking historical fiction

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About this ebook

A heart-wrenching, unforgettable story of two evacuee sisters during the Second World War… Perfect for fans of Orphan Train, Nadine Dorries and Diney Costeloe. 
London, 1942: Thirteen-year-old Nell and five-year-old Olive are being sent away from the devastation of the East End. They are leaving the terror of the Blitz and nights spent shivering in air raid shelters behind them, but will the strangers they are placed with be kind and loving, or are there different hardships ahead?
As the sisters struggle to adjust to life as evacuees, they soon discover that living in the countryside isn’t always idyllic. Nell misses her mother and brothers more than anything but she has to stay strong for Olive. When little Olive’s safety is threatened by a boy at Hackers Farm, Nell has to make a decision that will change their lives forever…
They must run from danger and try to find their way home.
Together the two girls hold each other’s hands as they begin their perilous journey across bombed-out Britain. But when Nell falls ill, can she still protect her little sister from the war raging around them? And will they ever be reunited from the family they’ve been torn from?

An unputdownable novel of unconditional love, friendship and the fight for survival during a time of unimaginable change. The Runaway Children is guaranteed to find a place in your heart.

Why readers are falling in love with The Runaway Children:

Oh my goodness what an absolutely fantastic story this was. I absolutely loved it … an absolutely wonderful story … I had tears rolling down my face … I would give this book more than five stars if I could.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

WOW!!!!!... so beautifully written that you are sure it will become an instant classic … had me in tears throughout… left me feeling hopeful and wanting more!’ A Book With Review, 5 stars

I absolutely adored The Runaway Children … incredibly heart-warming … I loved every minute.’ Novel Deelights, 5 stars

What an absolutely fabulous book this is… it truly was so lovely to read and my heart just melts even now just thinking about it… I so wished I could vanish into those pages … Simply wonderful!’ By the Letter Book Reviews, 5 stars

Oh my goodness … I’ve fallen in love with this book … wonderful characters you want to take home with you.’ Little Miss No Sleep, 5 stars

My oh my where do I start with this book… a tearjerker…grabbed my attention from the start… by the end of the first sentence, I was hooked… I simply loved reading this heart wrenching book.’ Ginger Book Geek, 5 stars 

An emotional, addictive read that I am certain will stay with me for a long time. Sandy’s writing is flawless… For hours, I was completely lost in the world that she had created. This book had me smiling then crying and sometimes doing both at the same time.’ A Haven for Book Lovers, 5 stars

I absolutely loved The Runaway Children… A charming book with wonderful characters… The story is very emotional and uplifting...’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

Brilliant! Love this author… A heartfelt story of a family's determination through the war, I devoured this in one sitting.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

Five Stars! I fell in love with this book as soon as I started reading it…’Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars

OMW.... This book was simply beautiful, from the writing to the lovely characters, emotional and feel good at the same time. A real page turner.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

Ratings and reviews

16 reviews
Kristina Anderson
November 19, 2019
The Runaway Children by Sandy Taylor is different from other World War II novels since it is told from a young woman’s perspective. I thought the story was nicely written, but the pacing was a little slow. Some thoughtful editing would have enhanced the story. I like that The Runaway Children is told from Nell’s point-of-view. Hundreds of children are sent out of London for their own safety, but things do not always work out as planned. There were too many children and not enough people to check up on each home. The Runaway Children is an emotional story. The girls go on a journey that will forever change their lives. Nell and Olive are characters that grow over the course of the book. My favorite theme in The Runaway Children is the kindness of strangers. The girls will need help if they are to make it to their destination. Little Olive is adorable with her endless questions and direct manner. I enjoyed the ending of The Runaway Children and I appreciated that there was an epilogue. The Runaway Children is what I call a “feel good” book (puts a smile on your face and a good feeling in your heart). I look forward to reading more books by Sandy Taylor.
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Mom Green
August 29, 2018
Well written so far, after 3 chapters would like to read the rest of the book. I would like to see how their brother Mother and baby Freddie turned out. Nice revelation of history that I knew little about. Only has four stars because I did not get to complete the books then it would get 5. No I HAVE NOT finished the book! Gotten up to the horrible muddy place.
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Stacy Doubrava
September 22, 2018
This book made me laugh and cry! I thoroughly enjoy historical fiction and WWII is one of my favorites. I enjoyed a different setting than. I'd recommend this to anyone typical of WWII. Great characters... especially Olive...she made me laugh!

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