THE WAR CHILD

August 25, 2021

MY THOUGHTS

Clara Knight was an orphan during the First World War but now she is a nurse in World War II helping the soldiers heal.  She falls in love with one of her patients and when he has to leave she is left behind to raise their son on her own.  Left alone with her son and a war raging on, she is given an opportunity to give her son a better life and with a shattered broken heart she lets him go.  Many years pass and Indira loves to spend time with her grandfather.  But when he begins telling her stories and mentions the name Clara, a name she’s never heard of before, she begins to search for information about the woman named Clara.  The plot twists and turns kept me flying through the pages.  I felt so pulled into this story that I forgot where I was.  This author exudes such emotion in the story, that it completely absorbs you into the book.  Keep the Kleenex nearby because you will definitely need it.

Thank you Renita D’Silva for such a wonderful unputdownable read. The characters were relatable and the story was both enthralling and captivating.  I highly recommend this must read.

Rating: 5 out of 5.


ABOUT THE BOOK


THE WAR CHILDTHE WAR CHILD
Author: Renita D’Silva
Published by Bookouture
Publication Date: August 24, 2021
Pages: 361
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Everything will change, my love, she whispers to her only baby. I will make sure you are protected, looked after, loved. She commits his smell, the feel of him, to memory and fastens the gold St Christopher’s medal around his neck, tucking it into the blanket. Kissing him one last time, she lets him go. And with him go the pieces of her shattered heart.

London, 1940. Clara Knight grew up an orphan in the first world war and now is fighting to win the second. Nursing brave soldiers, she falls in love with one of her patients, whose warm brown eyes give her hope for a brighter future. But then he is sent to the front, leaving her alone with their child amidst the bombs raining down on the city… When she is offered the chance to give her son a better life, Clara makes the impossible choice to let him go. She leaves her mother’s precious St Christopher pendant with him, vowing to find him again when the war is over, so they can be a family once more.

Years later. Indira’s life has taken an unexpected turn and her only solace is caring for her grandfather. As he lies in bed, weak and confused, he calls her ‘Clara’, begging forgiveness for an unknown terrible act, tears rolling down his face. Indira goes looking for the truth… and discovers a tattered box of unsent letters, a gold St Christopher’s medal and a photograph of a baby swaddled in a blanket. Who was Clara Knight? And who is the baby in the photo? Her quest will reveal a devastating secret spanning decades, and change everything Indira thought she knew about her family…

About Renita D’Silva

Renita grew up in a picturesque coastal village in the South of India, the oldest of three children. Her father got her first story books when she was six and she fell in love with the world of stories. Even now she prefers that world, by far, to this.

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