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THE ONLY BLUE DOOR: Based on actual events in World War II by [FALLON, JOAN]
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siblings who become victims of the good intentions of people believing them to have been orphaned ...

By L Hockin on 1 Mar. 2016

Format: Kindle Edition

Most of us are familiar with child evacuation during World War 2, but I wonder how many know about child migrants who were sent to South Africa, Australia and Canada to avoid danger? The Only Blue Door follows the story of Maggie, Billy and Grace, siblings who become victims of the good intentions of people believing them to have been orphaned during the Blitz. Shipped to Australia to start a new life, the children are separated and so begins Maggie’s struggle to prove her mother still lives and to bring the family back together.
Based on actual events, this beautifully written story had me gripped and emotionally attached to the characters and their struggles. Apparently well researched, it provides some insight into the long term impact of the events unfolding between 1939 and 1945, without being clichéd. The tireless work and battles with ‘red tape’ of the organisations involved in evacuation and subsequent repatriation of thousands of children over this period, is aptly represented in the story.
The writing style is engaging and accurate, with fully rounded and believable characters. I will not only be recommending this book but also looking to read more of this authors work. Not every story has a happy ending, but maybe this one does?

 

t of 5 starsOutstanding Human Drama

ByJ. Glenn Baueron 18 April 2014

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I thoroughly enjoyed this book and taking the journey with the Smith family.
The Only Blue Door is tells the story of how a close-knit family is torn apart by war. The story unfolds from the perspective of two of the children and a number of the key adults. From the news of the death of the father at Dunkirk the lives of this happy family start unravelling as they are split apart. The author skilfully draws the reader into the lives of the family members throughout the book. There are tragic moments and there are happy moments and all absolutely believable and many are emotional.
Thank you.

 

 

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It is September 1940, Maggie and her young siblings, Grace and Billy, are living in the East End of London. Their father has been killed at Dunkirk and their mother is in hospital having her fourth child, while the children stay with a neighbour. In one of the worst bombing raids of the war their home is destroyed and the neighbour is killed. Bewildered and frightened, the children wander the streets until they are taken in by some nuns. But their problems are not over; no-one can trace their mother and, labelled as orphans, they are sent as child migrants to Australia.
Homesick and heart-broken when Billy is separated from his sisters and suffering the loneliness of life in a cold and unfeeling orphanage, Maggie tries to make a new life for herself.
Although she is thousands of miles from home she is convinced that her mother is still alive and is determined to reunite her family.

Review by L Hockin
Based on actual events, this beautifully written story had me gripped and emotionally attached to the characters and their struggles. Apparently well researched, it provides some insight into the long term impact of the events unfolding between 1939 and 1945, without being clichéd. The tireless work and battles with ‘red tape’ of the organisations involved in evacuation and subsequent repatriation of thousands of children over this period, is aptly represented in the story.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1230 KB
  • Print Length: 428 pages
  • Publisher: SCOTT PUBLISHING (29 August 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EVVJJ56
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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