Flora and Grace

Flora and Grace

Maureen Lee / Sep 16, 2019

Flora and Grace It s and Flora Knox is enjoying a beautiful spring morning in the Swiss mountains waiting on a railway station platform for a train Having been educated in Switzerland Flora has been unable to

  • Title: Flora and Grace
  • Author: Maureen Lee
  • ISBN: 9781409140603
  • Page: 192
  • Format: Hardcover
  • It s 1944 and Flora Knox is enjoying a beautiful spring morning in the Swiss mountains, waiting on a railway station platform for a train Having been educated in Switzerland, Flora has been unable to return home to the UK since the outbreak of war, much to her delight She is far happier there than she had been with her elderly aunt As Flora watches, a cattle train drawsIt s 1944 and Flora Knox is enjoying a beautiful spring morning in the Swiss mountains, waiting on a railway station platform for a train Having been educated in Switzerland, Flora has been unable to return home to the UK since the outbreak of war, much to her delight She is far happier there than she had been with her elderly aunt As Flora watches, a cattle train draws closer to the station, pulling a fleet of slatted trucks behind But the trucks don t contain animals From within come the sounds of humans, groaning, pleading, on a desperate journey across the Swiss countryside Horrified, Flora runs to the train as it slowly clatters through the station, and as she does so, a filthy bundle of rags is pushed out into her arms Through the slats of the train, she hears a desperate plea Take him His name is Simon As the train disappears, Flora is left holding a tiny baby boy Everything looks just the same as it did moments before the sun, the sky, the station but nothing will ever be the same againNDAY TIMES bestseller Maureen Lee has written a powerful, moving story of war, motherhood and love.

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      • Maureen Lee

        Maureen Lee was born in Bootle, England, UK, near Liverpool during the World War II She attended Commercial College and became a shorthand typist She married Richard, and they had three sons, now adults The last years the marriage lives in Colchester, Essex.During years, she published over one hundred and fifty short stories, before published her first novel Lila in 1983 She continued published dramatic historical sagas mainly setting in Liverpool since 1994 In 2000, her novel Dancing in the Dark won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the Romantic Novelists Association.


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    1. Another good read by Maureen Lee. I always enjoy her books. This story is a bit different, it's historical fiction and takes place between 1943 and 1959, it starts off with a pretty amazing happening, Flora, at only seventeen, is handed a baby boy from a train heading for a concentration camp. The story follows Flora as she returns to England with baby Simon when the war is over. She ends up in Liverpool where most of Maureen Lee's books are set. I liked reading about Flora, Simon and their frie [...]


    2. Another devastating & emotional story of what world wide second has brought to people's life. Flora's life changes forever in spring 1944 in Zurich station. Grace leaves his 6 months old son in Flora's hands to look after. She has high responsibility to raise the baby & make him ready to encounter his destiny in coming years.


    3. Thank the lord I've finished this book! I wanted a gentle read at a time in my life when I was stressed. It certainly fitted the bill! However after a quarter of the way thru' I found it too gentle and wanted grit, depth and a bit of action (not just of the horizontal variety). It's def aimed at ladees of a certain age, but a bit too easy to read for me. Also, not very well edited, several grammatical errors which were annoying. I give it 3 stars generously.


    4. I suppose this is what you might call a gentle read. It is essentially a story about family love (or lack of it) and is set in Switzerland during WW11 and after the war in Liverpool . The book is an easy read and the story line mostly aimed at women . I think that the story line was quite strong but the writing of it was watered down . If the writing had been given a bit of grit and strength this book could have been taken to the next level.


    5. The story of a baby boy, Simon, whose mother (Grace) passes him from a train on the way to a concentration camp into the arms of a teenage girl (Flora) in Switzerland. The story follows the complicated decisions Flora makes to raise this baby in the time period following WWII and gives fascinating insights into life in Switzerland and England following the war. A great read.





    6. This novel had an abrupt start, with Flora seeing someone off at a train station, in the opening pages you got the idea that the war wasn't affecting Flora; she was in neutral Switzerland in a school for frail children and there was a nice description of the sunny day and the circumstances surrounding the school. This seemed to magnify Flora's horror when a cattle train pulled through the station and she realised there were people on board. She is given a baby and takes him to the school. It's o [...]


    7. I picked this book up from somewhere because my granddaughter's name is Grace! It was a pleasant enough book with believable , if somewhat rather too nice, characters. I did find the story interesting and it was a very easy read and well enough written though hardly gripping. The kind of book I choose to read on the plane as it doesn't need a lot of concentration and nothing nasty happens!It is set starting in WWII when Flora is in Switzerland at a school and is seeing someone off at the railway [...]


    8. The blurb on the cover made it sound very promising, but the story was quite flat. I couldn't really identify with the main character Flora, and she wasn't very like-able. The child Simon has no character at all as far as the writing goes. A number of things are not worked out at all, for ex. the characters Andrew and Else. What is their point in the book? Also I was quite annoyed with the remark of Flora that she loved Kerry, but was not in love with him. You expect that to have some sort of fo [...]


    9. I bought this book as I was gripped and intrigued by the blurb. I love reading about this era and thought the concept of someone being given a baby from a train heading towards a concentration camp would be heart rending and fascinating to read about. It was an enjoyable story but the beginning and ending had more substance and interest for myself. It seemed to 'sag' in the middle which left me a bit disappointed. I would have liked to have read more about what had happened to the mother on the [...]


    10. in the middle of war, one other makes the ultimate sacrifice . so unfolds a story over 20 years and the characters r really bought to life - u feel u r living and breathing with them! again it highlights the difference that neighbours and friends hold over their southern counterparts which makes u wonder where the southerners have gone wrong. r they too concentrated on keeping up with the jones'? at times it was difficult to believe how naive flora was but u must bear i mid that this was just af [...]


    11. Really loved this book and had it read in a day I couldn't put it down. Love stories based around the 40s and 50s and the hardships women and families endured,that to them back then were commonplace.It started off rather dubiously the way it was written,very abrupt and I thought that Flora was extremely naive and slow to be raising a baby but over the book she grew up and grew on me.It was a really enjoyable read with twists and turns and plenty of likeable and believable characters.


    12. Brutal. Things happened, for sure, but it was written as though it were a play by play. Hardly any climax at all. I won't be reading anything else by Maureen Lee. It took me more than a month to suffer through this one. Some good parts but nothing written well enough to draw me in and commit to the book, the book challenge I am participating in forced me to keep going otherwise I would have dropped this book within the first 50 pages.


    13. This is the first book I have read of Maureen's. I loved it!A story set in WW2, the main character is Flora who lived in Switzerland when her mum and dad tragically died. Orphaned she was out one day when a train passed, slowed down , and a woman handed her a baby, the train she discovered was almost certainly going to a death camp. The story centres around Flora and Grace. Loved all the characters. A beautiful page turner.


    14. I vowed never to read another of this Authors books. A good story line spoilt by writing that had no real depth or feeling. Very dry and monotonous with a very predictable ending.This time it is the last book I read by this authour as clearly she writes the same in all her books.


    15. it was ok, i thought for a maureen lee it would have been like her others. i think the author thought if she got flora to reveal to simon who his relatives were the story would have ended too quick, in other words it rambled on too much. i like her other books though thats why i chose this to read.


    16. Very disappointing and annoying, the main character Flora basically had nothing but wonderful things happen to her, her whole life. I listened to it as an audiobook so Nerys Hughes' narration may have put me off but it seemed to me that Flora was amazingly naive and a little simple.


    17. i dont know what to think of this book its not what i thought. it was a a good story. but dont y it was called flora and grace as it was only mentioned about grace twice it was mainly about flora.


    18. Rather a lightweight book, I felt that it was probably aimed at women of a certain age and dispositionStill quite an engaging read







    19. Great story and characters , you can hardly put the book down.You almost feel like part of the family ! I will definitely be looking for more from this author. Highly recommended.



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