What Was Rescued begins as a group of young evacuees leave England to escape the horrors of World War II. Cocooned in supposed safety on their way to a new life in Canada, the group desperately try to survive when things go horribly wrong and their ship sinks.
Years later, as we follow Dora, Arthur and Pippa along their individual paths, long-buried memories resurface. Engrossed by their separate struggles, I was repeatedly struck by the notion that a single event could have such long-lasting repercussions, binding this group together no matter where their lives might take them. What Was Rescued reminded me of the exquisite power and damaging aftershocks caused by keeping long-held secrets. That is the genius of what Jane has done here—this novel is elegant and heartbreaking in equal measure.
You are about to embark on an unforgettable journey with this novel—one that will stay with you long after you turn the final page. Rarely have I been so moved or compelled to share a book with others. I am privileged to share it with you now.
- Sammia Hamer, Editor