We Must Be Brave

We Must Be Brave

Frances Liardet / Jul 20, 2019

We Must Be Brave Spanning the sweep of the twentieth century We Must Be Brave explores the fierce love that we feel for our children and the power of that love to endure Beyond distance beyond time beyond li

  • Title: We Must Be Brave
  • Author: Frances Liardet
  • ISBN: 0735218862
  • Page: 185
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Spanning the sweep of the twentieth century, We Must Be Brave explores the fierce love that we feel for our children and the power of that love to endure Beyond distance, beyond time, beyond life itself One woman One little girl The war that changed everything.December 1940 In the disorderly evacuation of Southampton, England, newly married Ellen Parr finds a small chi Spanning the sweep of the twentieth century, We Must Be Brave explores the fierce love that we feel for our children and the power of that love to endure Beyond distance, beyond time, beyond life itself One woman One little girl The war that changed everything.December 1940 In the disorderly evacuation of Southampton, England, newly married Ellen Parr finds a small child asleep on the backseat of an empty bus No one knows who little Pamela is.Ellen professed not to want children with her older husband, and when she takes Pamela into her home and rapidly into her heart, she discovers that this is true Ellen doesn t want children She wants only Pamela Three golden years pass as the Second World War rages on Then one day Pamela is taken away, screaming Ellen is no stranger to sorrow, but when she returns to the quiet village life she s long lived, she finds herself asking In a world changed by war, is it fair to wish for an unchanged heart In the spirit of We Were the Lucky Ones and The Nightingale, here is a novel about courage and kindness, hardship and friendship, and the astonishing power of love Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 464 pages Expected publication February 26th 2019 by G.P Putnam s Sons first published February 7th 2019 More Details ISBN 0735218862 ISBN13 9780735218864 Other Editions 6 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about We Must Be Brave, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book Historical Fiction 2019 280 books 274 voters Women s Prize for Fiction 2019 Eligible Books 84 books 52 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 26, 2019 Brandice rated it it was ok We Must Be Brave was a struggle for me I generally enjoy historical fiction but this book moved at an incredibly slow pace It was difficult for me to get into the story, stay invested, and enjoy it There are many positive reviews for We Must Be Brave so maybe it just wasn t for me.The setting is England during WWII Ellen finds a little girl, Pamela, alone on a bus Ellen does not have children of her own but takes Pamela in and becomes close with her Pamela leaves Ellen s home later in the We Must Be Brave was a struggle for me I generally enjoy historical fiction but this book moved at an incredibly slow pace It was difficult for me to get into the story, stay invested, and enjoy it There are many positive reviews for We Must Be Brave so maybe it just wasn t for me.The setting is England during WWII Ellen finds a little girl, Pamela, alone on a bus Ellen does not have children of her own but takes Pamela in and becomes close with her Pamela leaves Ellen s home later in the story, which is tough on both her and Ellen The story follows Ellen later in life post Pamela s departure and also includes flashbacks to her own childhood and earlier adult years I found the flashbacks to be dull than the current timeline and they didn t really keep my interest Ellen was a kind and caring main character, always willing to do what needed to be done to help others I admired her care and compassion for people yet still had a hard time connecting with her, other characters, and the overall story I also felt the book could have cut 100 pages without detracting from the story I did, however, enjoy the book s ending I thought it was a nice way to conclude this story that spanned several years Thank you to NetGalley for providing an advanced copy of We Must Be Brave in exchange for an honest review. flag 57 likesLike see review View all 23 comments Tammy Great review, Brandice I started this but the writing style was off putting and I set it aside Jan 29, 2019 06 12AM Brandice Tammy wrote Great review, Brandice I started this but the writing style was off putting and I set it aside Thanks Tammy, I definitely understand an Tammy wrote Great review, Brandice I started this but the writing style was off putting and I set it aside Thanks Tammy, I definitely understand and can relate Jan 31, 2019 07 54PM Dec 19, 2018 Mackey rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves fiction general, my reviews, books read 2018, historical fiction, netgalley ew The Shop Girls of Lark Lane will tug at your heart strings once again as we catch up with Alice and the gals of Lark Lane.This is the second book in a series and as the book opens, we find the war is over and the men are returning home Alice, who was introduced in the first book, is reunited with her husband who is seeing his daughter for the first time She isn t exactly happy to share her mum with this new man and makes their adjustment rather difficult But then, there are difficult adjustme The Shop Girls of Lark Lane will tug at your heart strings once again as we catch up with Alice and the gals of Lark Lane.This is the second book in a series and as the book opens, we find the war is over and the men are returning home Alice, who was introduced in the first book, is reunited with her husband who is seeing his daughter for the first time She isn t exactly happy to share her mum with this new man and makes their adjustment rather difficult But then, there are difficult adjustments for everyone as the women give up their factory jobs and independence and settle back into domesticity Tragedy, sadly, does not escape Alice in this saga and her story holds tears for her and requires much courage as she finds herself alone once again.Although The Shop Girls of Lark Lane is part of a series, I had no trouble at all reading it as a stand alone I suspect that it helped that I didn t have preconceived ideas about certain characters, especially as they evolved into rather unsavory sorts as the book progressed It did start off rather slowly which, I think, partly was due to the fact that the author was laying down a lot of background information so that readers could catch up from the first book A quarter of the way in I was hooked completely and fell in love with the characters, Alice in particular, and their stories Normally I m not a fan of this era but this tale was well told with a lot of historical detail and human emotions If you enjoy historical fiction then you will like The Shop Girls of Lark Lane which is available now Thank you Netgalley, Bookouture and PamHowes for my copy of this terrific book The first in the series is titled TheFactoryGirlsofLarkLane flag 53 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Dec 22, 2018 Emer rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley, 3stars, reviewed, all the pretty covers, adult general fiction, historical fiction, read2018, challenge atoz2019 from the blurb December, 1940 As German bombs fall on Southampton, the city s residents flee to the surrounding villages In Upton village, amid the chaos, newly married Ellen Parr finds a girl sleeping, unclaimed at the back of an empty bus Little Pamela, it seems, is entirely alone.Ellen has always believed she does not want children, but when she takes Pamela into her home the child cracks open the past Ellen thought she had escaped and the future she and her husband Selwyn had dreamed f from the blurb December, 1940 As German bombs fall on Southampton, the city s residents flee to the surrounding villages In Upton village, amid the chaos, newly married Ellen Parr finds a girl sleeping, unclaimed at the back of an empty bus Little Pamela, it seems, is entirely alone.Ellen has always believed she does not want children, but when she takes Pamela into her home the child cracks open the past Ellen thought she had escaped and the future she and her husband Selwyn had dreamed for themselves As the war rages on, love grows where it was least expected, surprising them all But with the end of the fighting comes the realisation that Pamela was never theirs to keep We Must Be Brave is a poignant novel that slowly reveals the life story of Ellen Parr The book begins with her as a new bride during the Second World War and tells how she came to foster a little girl called Pamela who had been separated from her mother The mother daughter bond that develops between the two of them is the catalyst for the plot of the book as the book weaves in and out of different stages during Ellen s life and explores the impact that Pamela has on her life and how she lives it The story was very touching and at times incredibly moving, but personally I found the novel to be a little too slow moving on the whole And while I fully empathised with Ellen s character, I felt quite disconnected from many of the secondary characters and never fully got to grips with their purposes in the book Although this was not the case with Selwyn, Ellen s husband, as I really loved their relationship and the dynamics of their marriage I was also a fan of how the timeline was structured in the novel I never once felt confused as to whether or not we were flashing backwards in time or moving chronologically.Overall this was a positive read for me that I am rating a strong three and a half stars I would recommend this book to people who like both historical fiction and emotional stories and to those that are interested in reading about the triumph of the human spirit to cope with grief and loss as this book has that in abundance An e copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher, Harper Collins UK 4th Estate, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review flag 33 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 20, 2019 Rachel Levy rated it liked it Shelves historical fiction, wwii Historical fiction is my favorite genre and I love books that are about WWII Though I was looking forward to reading We Must Be Brave, and it did accurately portray history and how the horrors of war impacted children as well as adults, I was disappointed The story was slow and just did not capture my attention Ellen Parr, the main character, is childless and married to a much older man named Selwyn She discovers a little girl, Pamela, all alone on a bus, and takes her in The story takes us Historical fiction is my favorite genre and I love books that are about WWII Though I was looking forward to reading We Must Be Brave, and it did accurately portray history and how the horrors of war impacted children as well as adults, I was disappointed The story was slow and just did not capture my attention Ellen Parr, the main character, is childless and married to a much older man named Selwyn She discovers a little girl, Pamela, all alone on a bus, and takes her in The story takes us through Ellen s childhood, her marriage to Selwyn, why she is childless, and what happens when Pamela is taken away.While Ellen s struggle was agonizing, and at times heartbreaking, I could not connect to her or any of the characters I kept hoping, as the story progressed, that a connection to the characters and their story would develop, but it did not happen for me In the end, I didn t even have any lingering questions Sadly, this is not a book that I will reread or even have on my shelf We Must Be Brave is scheduled to be published February 26, 2019 Thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins for allowing me early access to read this book in exchange for an honest review.2.5 Stars flag 13 likesLike see review Brandice I couldn t connect to the characters either Nice review, Rachel Jan 27, 2019 07 11AM Rachel Levy Thank you I m glad I m not the only one I really struggled with this one Jan 27, 2019 07 18AM Nov 18, 2018 SissiReads rated it it was amazing I finished We Must Be Brave by Frances Liardet a few days ago All the emotions I had when I finished the book still lingered The feelings of sadness, sorrow, hope and most of all the feeling of love still lingered days after I read this book.This is a story set in England during WWII period and about a 4 year old girl Pamela being left behind on a bus and Ellen, the main character from the book, picked her up and bought her home herself so the little girl can stay safe The story started from I finished We Must Be Brave by Frances Liardet a few days ago All the emotions I had when I finished the book still lingered The feelings of sadness, sorrow, hope and most of all the feeling of love still lingered days after I read this book.This is a story set in England during WWII period and about a 4 year old girl Pamela being left behind on a bus and Ellen, the main character from the book, picked her up and bought her home herself so the little girl can stay safe The story started from there and all the way to present time.What I love most about this book is the breathtakingly beautiful, whimsical and lyrical writing It is so tender that it captivates all my emotions Small details like this from the book When I reached William s shed I leaned the bicycle against the wall and, at her insistence, lifted her down She clung, briefly, like an infant monkey, and the shock of delight was accompanied, as always, by a white flare of pain in my lower back, have moved me to tears countless time.This is a beautifully crafted, profoundly moving story about the resilience of love It touches me deeply and it speaks to my heart and my soul The ending of the book has also taken me by surprise I would have imagined it to be a big emotional scene, but the author has taken us on a different path a different route it is quieter, calmer, tender, which I absolutely adore Because regardless what happens, regardless of sadness, tragedy, sorrow, and loss of time, life goes on It is the people that we love and the people who love us propel us through difficulties, through loneliness and through life.This book is one of my very favourite reads this year It is coming out next February and you will not want to miss it flag 6 likesLike see review Sep 03, 2018 Penelope rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves historical, fiction I finished this book at the end of my lunch hour and returned to work slightly red eyed and a bit sniffy but filled with the joy of a marvellous ending to a wonderful book This beautifully told, heartfelt novel tells a story of love, loss and discovery spanning the 20th century Looking at the bonds between parent and child and the hard decisions that are sometimes necessary we are shown that families, whether those we are born into or those that find us, always play a part in making us the peo I finished this book at the end of my lunch hour and returned to work slightly red eyed and a bit sniffy but filled with the joy of a marvellous ending to a wonderful book This beautifully told, heartfelt novel tells a story of love, loss and discovery spanning the 20th century Looking at the bonds between parent and child and the hard decisions that are sometimes necessary we are shown that families, whether those we are born into or those that find us, always play a part in making us the people we become I adored the complex and believable characters, with all their faults and flaws but also with their capacity to love and to reach out a hand in the darkest of times This will definitely be a book that I will be recommending flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 28, 2019 Adele Shea rated it it was amazing Frances Liardet s, We Must Be Brave, is heartwarming at its best I dare you to not falm in love with the characters flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 06, 2019 Allison rated it it was amazing The publisher s summary suggests this is a story of World War II and the heartbreak of tearing families apart, but it is so much A young child is taken in by a couple when her mother is killed by a bomb Despite the husband s misgivings, his young wife Ellen connects to traumatized Pamela and throughout the horrors of war, she creates a cocoon of love for the little girl The special relationship is ripped apart when the child s father reappears The book is not yet half complete when Pame The publisher s summary suggests this is a story of World War II and the heartbreak of tearing families apart, but it is so much A young child is taken in by a couple when her mother is killed by a bomb Despite the husband s misgivings, his young wife Ellen connects to traumatized Pamela and throughout the horrors of war, she creates a cocoon of love for the little girl The special relationship is ripped apart when the child s father reappears The book is not yet half complete when Pamela is forcibly removed to Ireland in the care of her distant cousins How will the characters and the story continue When I said this was than a story of World War II, the reader is also carried back to the childhood of Ellen with a story that is just as dramatic and heartbreaking as the tale of her young ward And then we are whisked ahead in great leaps to decades long past the end of the war The stalwart individuals who people this book will remind you of the salt of the earth men and women from the chapters of Downton Abbey You will love them all, even when they show their failings The writing of Francis Liardet is a joy to read The descriptions of the English countryside and village life in the 1930 s and 40 s are perfectly lovely Just the names of the flowers and weeds captured my imagination The images of sky and hillside lingered in my mind At no time did I want to skim a single descriptive paragraph Beyond the descriptions, the events as revealed to the reader will keep you wondering and worrying about the fate of the characters You will find yourself so invested in these flawed individuals, you can hardly bear to let them go But as all stories do, this must also come to an end, and you will reach the final pages with mixed feelings of sadness and contentment What can you ask from a book flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 18, 2019 Natalie rated it really liked it I opened this book, expecting something ordinary about WWII in England, but I found a perfect little gem about love, not war The love is between Ellen and the little girl she found after an attack in a nearby town It soon became apparent that the child, Pamela, had lost her mother Ellen takes this child to her heart and there is great mutual love, until their existence is shattered when Pamela is returned, despite her deep unhappiness, to her father s family Ellen was shattered, but as lif I opened this book, expecting something ordinary about WWII in England, but I found a perfect little gem about love, not war The love is between Ellen and the little girl she found after an attack in a nearby town It soon became apparent that the child, Pamela, had lost her mother Ellen takes this child to her heart and there is great mutual love, until their existence is shattered when Pamela is returned, despite her deep unhappiness, to her father s family Ellen was shattered, but as life went on another child became part of her life The story of these women, surrounded by the characters of the village of Upton, make this novel a small treasure As a reader, I keep thinking of the interpretation of the title, WE MUST BE BRAVE, and all the meanings I found within this novel Thank you Netgalley for allowing me to review this very special novel flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 13, 2019 Book Bazaar rated it really liked it review of another edition I really enjoyed this as a holiday read The English setting during the war, the evacuations, effects of rationing and the backgrounds to all the characters were engaging I had never heard the term used for a wedding that remains unconsummated, so that was something learned as well I gave this a solid 3.5 stars and read it in a couple of days flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 20, 2018 Kirsty rated it it was ok Shelves abandoned, november 2018, kindle Almost any book about the Second World War interests me, but the writing just wasn t strong enough for me in Frances Liardet s We Must Be Brave I also struggled to believe in the main character, and did not read than three or so chapters before giving up on it flag 2 likesLike see review Oct 12, 2018 Kayleigh Kehoe Awkword Reviews rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves historical fiction, netgalley I could not bring myself to enjoy this as much as I imagine others would Although I did love the whimsical, compelling narrative of this book, it kept me going when I was horrifically bored, but the plot or execution wasn t there for me This was described to me as an emotional book, a tale about love and loss in the second world war however I really struggled to distinguish the love in this book from perpetuated self entitlement I didn t like the main character, Ellen I thought that she I could not bring myself to enjoy this as much as I imagine others would Although I did love the whimsical, compelling narrative of this book, it kept me going when I was horrifically bored, but the plot or execution wasn t there for me This was described to me as an emotional book, a tale about love and loss in the second world war however I really struggled to distinguish the love in this book from perpetuated self entitlement I didn t like the main character, Ellen I thought that she felt like because she took in what she thought was a motherless, estranged child called Pamela into her home, she was permitted to keep her forever, even going as far as begrudging her father from reuniting with Pamela Ellen was consistently selfish, and then would help out the odd villager and would be overly praised, with no one calling her out on her selfishness Not only that, but the second half of this book is basically about Ellen replacing Pamela with another little girl called Penny who has the same initials and a similar nature to Pamela, and yet Ellen constantly reminisces about Pamela, so there is no emotional investment or connection made with Penny Within the story it felt to me ridiculously repetitive and tired Once again, Ellen feels entitled to Penny, foregoing any kind of character development that could have been made on Ellen s behalf I think this book would have been better if it was focused on families reuniting during the savage destruction of the second world war Rather than one woman s need to keep a child from ever leaving her, and then replacing her with a similar child when the original child s father is quite rightly insisting she be with her own family again.Overall, great, knowledgeable, inspiring writing, rife with facts, tragedies, emotions and atmosphere of life in England during the second world war I can imagine the nostalgia, even though I m only 23 Poor plot, no substantial developments of characters, no progress made with the actual story itself, extremely repetitive which ruins any kind of impact the prose could have had Thank you to Net Galley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. wordpress tumblr bookstagram twitter flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 10, 2018 Travel.with.aok rated it it was amazing From the beginning when I started to read the book I had issues about the sad and true story that the author tells.I have heard a lot of war stories, I was part of a war and my parents told me everything they went through just so we can be alive and together and this novel is no different.I wish there was no war anywhere in the world and the story of Ellen the main character in the book is so touchy with every person she connects and loses and she always decided to be brave that s our best to be From the beginning when I started to read the book I had issues about the sad and true story that the author tells.I have heard a lot of war stories, I was part of a war and my parents told me everything they went through just so we can be alive and together and this novel is no different.I wish there was no war anywhere in the world and the story of Ellen the main character in the book is so touchy with every person she connects and loses and she always decided to be brave that s our best to be brave.The story of Ellen that loses her father in the war Second World War and Pamela decides to take her as her daughter.Then her real father comes to take her in another place Ellen has to deal with the fact that she loses some of her best friends and family member including Pamela.I give the book 5 stars it s this kind of stories that I wish everyone reads and knlws a little bit of what the small or big innocent people go through with every mix feelings.I was not a year still when me and my family were running away from our enemy.Now we are all alive despite all the cold weather we had been through with no food, not to know where to go, to be alive.It was hard for me to read this story and the author uses a great technique of writting that satisfied me from the begging to the end.The book is not really big in length it has a normal size and it wraps the story so good so readers can devour perfectly a story that needs to be read flag 5 likesLike see review Aug 20, 2018 MetLineReader rated it really liked it Shelves 2018, arcs A powerful story of love and loss set against the backdrop of the challenges of WWII I immediately warmed to Ellen and Pamela and was rooting for a happy ending At times I thought that Ellen should show of the strength she demonstrated when taking in Pamela against her husband s wishes.This book definitely has three clear stages to it and without giving too much away I did feel that the middle section was a little sombre I wanted to give Ellen a good shake and get her to DO something ab A powerful story of love and loss set against the backdrop of the challenges of WWII I immediately warmed to Ellen and Pamela and was rooting for a happy ending At times I thought that Ellen should show of the strength she demonstrated when taking in Pamela against her husband s wishes.This book definitely has three clear stages to it and without giving too much away I did feel that the middle section was a little sombre I wanted to give Ellen a good shake and get her to DO something about the situation she found herself in Despite this, I continued with the book with tears towards the end and found it an interesting and thought provoking read 4 , still thinking about this now Different times and all that, but it does make you wonder how you might have acted in similar circumstances flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 28, 2019 Shelby rated it liked it Shelves historical fiction It s the year 1940 and WWII is in full force In a small English town of Upton, newly married, Ellen, discovers a 4 year old girl named Pamela, left behind inside a bus Without a parent in sight, Ellen takes in Pamela and cares for her, despite her husband s hesitance Ellen later learns that Pamela s mother died from a bombing and Pamela s father isn t in the picture So Pamela becomes a fixture in Ellen s life She feels a connection to Pamela because she s lost so much, like Ellen did during It s the year 1940 and WWII is in full force In a small English town of Upton, newly married, Ellen, discovers a 4 year old girl named Pamela, left behind inside a bus Without a parent in sight, Ellen takes in Pamela and cares for her, despite her husband s hesitance Ellen later learns that Pamela s mother died from a bombing and Pamela s father isn t in the picture So Pamela becomes a fixture in Ellen s life She feels a connection to Pamela because she s lost so much, like Ellen did during her childhood The story goes back in time a decade earlier when Ellen was a young girl She experienced hardship after hardship growing up in the British countryside The memories of her upbringing have lasted with her all these years and she feels a need to protect Pamela, and in doing so, maybe she can heal some of her own wounds by healing Pamela s After 3 years together, Pamela and Ellen are separated and Ellen is left feeling heartbroken over a child that was never truly hers Decades pass and Pamela has never left Ellen s mind, and especially her heart Then another girl enters Ellen s life, opening the wounds left behind by Pamela And Ellen is given the chance to make a different choice than she had all those years ago A chance to maybe make things right, if only in some way We Must Be Brave by Frances Liardet is than just a tale about one family during WWII Spanning over several decades, this story is about a mother s love, and the lengths they d go to in order to protect their child, regardless of if they are biologically theirs It took me some time to get into this story, as it was extremely slow going the first 25% I was worried I wasn t going to like this story, but it definitely grew on me Ellen led a very sad childhood and my heart went out to her, for she experienced unimaginable loss within a short period of time And then the loss of Pamela only added to her tragic story The ending was appropriate, albeit bittersweet 3 5 stars Thank you to Edelweiss, Frances Liardet and Penguin Publishing Group for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 31, 2019 Michael Cayley rated it it was amazing Shelves general fiction, historical fiction A story of loss which straddles the period from just after WW1 to the beginning of the 21st century.It starts an air raid on Southampton during WW2 A little girl called Pamela is separated from her mother and taken by bus to a nearby village Selwyn and Ellen take her in on a short term emergency basis, and end up giving her a home after her mother is found to have died in the raid.The core of the book is Ellen s life story and the next section is a retrospective portrayal of her moving from co A story of loss which straddles the period from just after WW1 to the beginning of the 21st century.It starts an air raid on Southampton during WW2 A little girl called Pamela is separated from her mother and taken by bus to a nearby village Selwyn and Ellen take her in on a short term emergency basis, and end up giving her a home after her mother is found to have died in the raid.The core of the book is Ellen s life story and the next section is a retrospective portrayal of her moving from comfortable middle class circumstances to extreme poverty in childhood And then we see how Pamela transforms Ellen s life, bringing joy and then bleak sadness Late in Ellen s life there are twists that bring further transformations Ellen herself is adorable and capable but at times perverse and pig headed.The portrayal of children is very well done and not at all twee They are not just sugar and spice and all things nice, but real beings who misbehave and have flashes of temper.This is an intensely moving book that at times brought tears to my eyes But the sorrows are balanced by moments of humour, and a small cast of quirky but believable other characters Some, for me, were reminiscent of older family members I knew in my childhood of the 1950s and 1960s most had their own losses and griefs.I hugely enjoyed the novel.With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for letting me have an ARC in exchange for an honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 08, 2019 Amena rated it liked it review of another edition theclubofbooksreview She was fast asleep on the back seat of the bus Curled up, thumb in mouth Four, maybe five years old I turned around The last few passengers were shuffling away from me down the aisle to the doors Whose is this child I called Nobody looked back And thus begins the tale of Ellen, who finds Pamela alone on a bus and takes her home She plans on returning her to mother but after realising she has died, Ellen keeps her and decides to raise her Until her Father com theclubofbooksreview She was fast asleep on the back seat of the bus Curled up, thumb in mouth Four, maybe five years old I turned around The last few passengers were shuffling away from me down the aisle to the doors Whose is this child I called Nobody looked back And thus begins the tale of Ellen, who finds Pamela alone on a bus and takes her home She plans on returning her to mother but after realising she has died, Ellen keeps her and decides to raise her Until her Father comes along.This was my first read of 2019 Unfortunately, I found the first quarter of this book slow going I became invested in the plot after the first 100 pages or so once we delve into Ellen s childhood, which helps to provide some substance and background to her character A lot of the time though, she continues to be one dimensional I wanted to shake her and get out of her The other characters were pretty much the same as well I also agree with podsticles the book is 100 pages too long which made me lose interest I just wanted to know about Pamela Will she come back What happens if she does Or doesn t I was waiting for that emotional punch in my gut which never came It has such a great premise it just didn t deliver for me Rating 3.5 flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 24, 2018 Kiwiflora rated it really liked it When a book moves you to cry you gotta give it 4 stars Te power of words to make pictures, tell a story, touch a heart is really quite amazing, such a skill to tap into an imagination to conjure emotion There is so much sadness in this story, but also hope and so much love It is actually quite a simple plot line but the intensity of emotion and relationships create a very powerful story with challenges and complications It all begins in 1940, Britain is being bombed to bits One night buses When a book moves you to cry you gotta give it 4 stars Te power of words to make pictures, tell a story, touch a heart is really quite amazing, such a skill to tap into an imagination to conjure emotion There is so much sadness in this story, but also hope and so much love It is actually quite a simple plot line but the intensity of emotion and relationships create a very powerful story with challenges and complications It all begins in 1940, Britain is being bombed to bits One night buses bring residents fleeing the bombing in Southampton to a small village, where the locals take them in Ellen Parr, a young woman married to the older Selwyn, finds a four year old girl alone on the bus, left behind, abandoned who knows No one claims her, so Pamela becomes the daughter that Ellen and Selwyn do not have Some years later, Pamela s father turns up and takes Pamela to Ireland to live with relatives there We can only imagine the torment, despair and grief that Selwyn and particularly Ellen go through, in fact the whole village really Ellen carries the grief for the rest of her days, and like any form of grieving it never goes away, you just learn to live with it More years pass, and another little girl inches her way into Ellen s heart, opening up that wound brought on by Pamela What will happen this time Such a beautifully told story of a mother s love for a child, even if that child is not biologically yours All mothers must be brave, as at some time our children will leave us we just have to hope that we have given them the tools to be brave and strong themselves in their own lives flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 23, 2018 Rebecca rated it liked it Shelves arc s, historical fiction non fiction, reviews I adore Historical Fiction and this book does a fabulous job at looking at the spoils of war, most notably the terrible lives many children lived because of war In this instance, the story revolves around a newly wed named Ellen who stumbles across an abandoned child named Pamela They quickly form an unbreakable bond, and this is explored as the time period progresses alongside the war.I liked Pamela and Ellen s relationship It is clear that the author has dedicated a lot of thought to all of I adore Historical Fiction and this book does a fabulous job at looking at the spoils of war, most notably the terrible lives many children lived because of war In this instance, the story revolves around a newly wed named Ellen who stumbles across an abandoned child named Pamela They quickly form an unbreakable bond, and this is explored as the time period progresses alongside the war.I liked Pamela and Ellen s relationship It is clear that the author has dedicated a lot of thought to all of the relationships in this book in fact particularly between Pamela and Ellen but also between other women Ellen encounters and their unique interactions, and most notably Ellen s relationship evolving with her husband There are some really beautiful moments in what is ostensibly a tragic book, but also some hard hitting messages about family and what it means to be part of the family that chose you, not necessarily the family you are born into and I adored this message Having said that, this book did have some problems for me and I think most of those lie at my feet rather than being a problem with the book I really enjoy Historical Fiction and this book just didn t quite reach the high standards I ve become used to from the genre the likes of The Nightingale, for instance, which really stand out from a crowd This book blends into an already genre Equally, the writing style which largely consists of dialogue just didn t work for me I prefer world building and sense of urgency within the writing, rather than within the conversations within it Nevertheless, an interesting take on the genre which beautifully captures what family really meansC provided free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 21, 2018 Kathleen Gray rated it it was amazing Boo to the naysayers this is the lovely, heartfelt story of Ellen, a woman who loves and loses so much over the course of her life and yet persists with a positive spirit Set in Upton UK during the period leading up to WWII, WWII, and after, it is a fine example of historical fiction Ellen and her husband Selwyn have a marriage blanc but it is one filled with love When a bus load of evacuees arrives after Southhampton is bombed, they take in Pamela, small girl whose mother has been killed an Boo to the naysayers this is the lovely, heartfelt story of Ellen, a woman who loves and loses so much over the course of her life and yet persists with a positive spirit Set in Upton UK during the period leading up to WWII, WWII, and after, it is a fine example of historical fiction Ellen and her husband Selwyn have a marriage blanc but it is one filled with love When a bus load of evacuees arrives after Southhampton is bombed, they take in Pamela, small girl whose mother has been killed and father is no where to be found Pamela is galvanizing for Ellen We learn Ellen s back story slowly and it s a sad one but also one filled with good supportive people in the village William, Lucy, and Althea chief among them It s no secret that Pamela will be taken away but what happens after is somewhat of a surprise there s a twist near the end I didn t see coming I liked the writing and felt the genuine affection Liardet had for her characters and the village Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC This is one I ll recommend as it s a good read with a wonderful sense of place and time flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 17, 2018 Greyland Reviews rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves arc 2.5 starsARC provided by PENGUIN GROUP Putnam and NetGalley for honest reviewI m just going to put it plainly This book was boring There was seldom any great parts and when there were they re few and far between The last 10% was probably my favorite flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 23, 2018 michelle rated it liked it review of another edition We must be brave by Frances Liardet is set in the Second world war in the 1940 This is a story of Love and loss and sacrifice for the main character Ellen It s 1940 in a small town called Upton near Southampton A bus load of survivors, turn up fleeing the bombing raids When everyone gets off the bus a little girl Pamela is left sleeping on the bus Ellen Parr takes her in, trying to find out where her mother is At the same time, Ellen who has newly married and decided not to have kids, st We must be brave by Frances Liardet is set in the Second world war in the 1940 This is a story of Love and loss and sacrifice for the main character Ellen It s 1940 in a small town called Upton near Southampton A bus load of survivors, turn up fleeing the bombing raids When everyone gets off the bus a little girl Pamela is left sleeping on the bus Ellen Parr takes her in, trying to find out where her mother is At the same time, Ellen who has newly married and decided not to have kids, starts to have doubts, and wants to adopt Pamela when they find out that her mother has died in the bombing raids Life is sweet and they both form a bond Even though Ellen s husband Selwyn has warned her not to get too close One day Pamela s father turns up and takes her away to Ireland Ellen is heartbroken and the book then describes on how she deals with that.I love books about the war, the rationing and how people get together in times of need I really enjoyed the first half of this story and I thought it was beautifully written but, for me I was disappointed with the second part It was far too long and the author just kept repeating the same thing over and over again, which seemed unnecessary The story was just about Ellen I would like of the background in the other characters Because of this, I skimmed read the last part of the book Three stars from me flag Like see review Jan 25, 2019 Kelsey rated it really liked it Shelves 2019, netgalley, arcs WE MUST BE BRAVE was a beautifully told story that follows the life and experiences of an Englishwoman named Ellen Parr In the early 1940s Ellen finds a lost child during the chaos of wartime evacuations and quickly develops a strong relationship with little Pamela Ellen and her husband are childless and while Ellen was happy with their life, she forms a strong relationship with Pamela that will shape both of their lives The strongest aspect of this novel was the beautiful writing I found my WE MUST BE BRAVE was a beautifully told story that follows the life and experiences of an Englishwoman named Ellen Parr In the early 1940s Ellen finds a lost child during the chaos of wartime evacuations and quickly develops a strong relationship with little Pamela Ellen and her husband are childless and while Ellen was happy with their life, she forms a strong relationship with Pamela that will shape both of their lives The strongest aspect of this novel was the beautiful writing I found myself experiencing a wide range of emotions because of how strongly I was able to feel everything in this story Simple sentences about a farm or building brought the scenery to life with Frances Liardet s prose I also enjoyed getting to follow the characters though their entire lives My main issue with the book was that there were times the story moved a bit slowly and there were several characters that I started mixing together I read a lot of historical fiction, particularly about World War II WE MUST BE BRAVE was a character driven story rather than a war story and for that I was grateful It s important to read about different experiences and see how the war impacted people in a variety of ways Ellen was a wonderful character and my heart broke for her when she experienced loss and pain As a whole, this is a story about life and love and the connections formed with those around us The ending was bittersweet, but I still found a lot of joy in Ellen s story I do not necessarily recommend this to someone looking for a fast paced war story, but rather to those who want to be pulled into a character driven tale that will have you feeling a wide range of emotions and re reading passages simply because of how vivid the writing is flag Like see review Dec 01, 2018 Kate Ashton rated it liked it Newly married Ellen Parr finds a young girl apparently abandoned at the back of a bus that s taken people from Southampton as it is bombed in World War II, and efforts to find the girl s parents fail Ellen and her husband take the child in and the story develops from there, as Ellen finds herself, rather unexpectedly coming to love the child as her own.The novel subsequently follows the life of Ellen going forwards and also backwards as we hear about Ellen s own childhood, and without giving an Newly married Ellen Parr finds a young girl apparently abandoned at the back of a bus that s taken people from Southampton as it is bombed in World War II, and efforts to find the girl s parents fail Ellen and her husband take the child in and the story develops from there, as Ellen finds herself, rather unexpectedly coming to love the child as her own.The novel subsequently follows the life of Ellen going forwards and also backwards as we hear about Ellen s own childhood, and without giving anything away deals with love and friendship on all kinds of levels and between generations and inevitable through pain and loss as well.I felt the author told Ellen s story beautifully, although at times I felt the narrative dragged rather and was not helped particularly by the backwards and forwards timelines.I didn t warm especially to the character of Ellen rather, I found the character of her husband Selwyn and her good friend William the attractive characters I was moved to tears in places and thought the story was concluded with great skill and beauty All in all, a pleasant gentle read with some very good moments but but I probably wouldn t keep this book on my shelves or persuade other people to read it as on the whole it was rather slow moving flag Like see review Jan 30, 2019 Bucks, Books Beyond rated it it was amazing What an absolutely beautiful story This book was not what I was expecting at all I was originally drawn to it as it is predominantly set in the 1940 s which is one of my favourite periods of history to read books set in However, this story doesn t really focus on the war as such, which is what I was expecting Throughout the story we mainly follow Ellen through her life and the various people she meets on the way and how they have all shaped her in their own way and made her life what it s be What an absolutely beautiful story This book was not what I was expecting at all I was originally drawn to it as it is predominantly set in the 1940 s which is one of my favourite periods of history to read books set in However, this story doesn t really focus on the war as such, which is what I was expecting Throughout the story we mainly follow Ellen through her life and the various people she meets on the way and how they have all shaped her in their own way and made her life what it s become There is a bit of too ing and fro ing with the timeline, but only for a couple of chapters as we go back to Ellen s early life which creates some background on the dynamics between her and her husband Ellen is a fantastically likeable character in my opinion She is so robust and resolute and she reminded in so many respects of qualities my grandmother possesses It was a real joy to read through Ellen s life, even the hard parts when things aren t all sunshine and rainbows This is one of those books that s not plot driven, but very much character driven The author really made me feel a connection to the characters in this book and made Upton sound like a really charming place to visit I was most impressed with this book and would not hesitate to recommend it flag Like see review Jan 26, 2019 Jesseka rated it liked it Shelves fiction This book felt far wholesome than my usual fair but I enjoyed it very much Set in a small village in Hampshire just on the edge of Southampton, my home town The book follows Ellen and her group of friends and acquaintances through the last century The lives shattered and up ended by poverty and war and ultimately held together by strong community bonds From the men who returned shattered from the WW1 to the air raids of WW2 Supporting each other through poverty, brerevement, floods a This book felt far wholesome than my usual fair but I enjoyed it very much Set in a small village in Hampshire just on the edge of Southampton, my home town The book follows Ellen and her group of friends and acquaintances through the last century The lives shattered and up ended by poverty and war and ultimately held together by strong community bonds From the men who returned shattered from the WW1 to the air raids of WW2 Supporting each other through poverty, brerevement, floods and war.One paragraph near the end of the book particularly resonated because I recognised it This book is a love letter to the village communities no longer with us Perhaps a slightly rose tinted image of what village lives were like But the description of what they have become is far too accurate The main street of Upton is clogged with sleek cars Skirts of creamy gravel lap the spotless tarmac Every window gleams, every stone is repointed Cleansed also of people, it seems there s no one on the road, in the front gardens, at the windows Penny pat s my hand, gently persuading me to loosen my grip The houses go for a fortune Lucy and Ellen are about the only originals left flag Like see review Jan 19, 2019 Sharyn rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley 2019 If you enjoy WW2 fiction this is a good one due to be published on 7th Feb in UK We Must Be Brave by Frances Lidiart I ve just read an unproofed copy courtesy of NetGalley and it actually made me weep in a couple of places.It s set in and around Southampton from 1939 onwards A young child is left on a bus of people escaping the Blitz It s a story about her, the people who look after her and their circle of friends, relations and neighbours Four stars from me It moves back and forward in ti If you enjoy WW2 fiction this is a good one due to be published on 7th Feb in UK We Must Be Brave by Frances Lidiart I ve just read an unproofed copy courtesy of NetGalley and it actually made me weep in a couple of places.It s set in and around Southampton from 1939 onwards A young child is left on a bus of people escaping the Blitz It s a story about her, the people who look after her and their circle of friends, relations and neighbours Four stars from me It moves back and forward in time and finishes in present day I found the writing to be quite gentle and the book to be an easy read, the 460 odd pages took me less than 24 hours Interesting characters and relationships and, from the information gleaned from my parents who were 11 and 19 in 1939, the details about food and the Blitz seemed pretty accurate BTW I grew up knowing about the Blitz on Southampton as my dad was there when it happened He was 21 years old and repairing the boilers of a torpedoed ship He was down in the bowels of the ship until his task was finished and when he came out Southampton as he knew it had disappeared I can t imagine his feeling of disorientation and disbelief flag Like see review Nov 29, 2018 Julie rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley edelweiss I have to say, I struggled a bit with this one I can t really pinpoint the issues, but I went in cycles of really enjoying it, then slogging through, then enjoying, then slogging Ultimately though, I found the story fascinating and heartbreaking at the same time War books tend to do that to me I really enjoyed the historical aspect behind the storyline, and the amount of detail and imagery was amazing Ellen s early life was one of the areas I struggled with, it felt a bit long and drug out, I have to say, I struggled a bit with this one I can t really pinpoint the issues, but I went in cycles of really enjoying it, then slogging through, then enjoying, then slogging Ultimately though, I found the story fascinating and heartbreaking at the same time War books tend to do that to me I really enjoyed the historical aspect behind the storyline, and the amount of detail and imagery was amazing Ellen s early life was one of the areas I struggled with, it felt a bit long and drug out, but in the end, I realized how necessary that was, to get a true picture of her and her life, and how she made the choices she did Throughout the book, I kept thinking it was the story of Ellen and Pamela, but it finally dawned on me that it was solely Ellen s story, and Pamela was just a piece of that story albeit an important one The characters were wonderful the twists that the author wove into things were brilliant no spoilers Overall, this was a good piece of historical fiction that at times felt a bit too detailed, but ultimately it wove itself into a solid piece of writing Highly recommend flag Like see review Jan 19, 2019 Julie Garner rated it it was amazing Shelves fiction, arc I received an advanced reading copy of this book.Words can not dsecribe how this book made me feel At first, I was reading it because it is our Book of the Month for February but in the end I was reading it for me It was a beautiful tale and one that had me feeling many emotions as always, this for me is the sign of an excellent book , including the one that brings me to tears For 20 pages, tears streaked down my face.This is a tale about loss, about sadness, about love, but most of all, abo I received an advanced reading copy of this book.Words can not dsecribe how this book made me feel At first, I was reading it because it is our Book of the Month for February but in the end I was reading it for me It was a beautiful tale and one that had me feeling many emotions as always, this for me is the sign of an excellent book , including the one that brings me to tears For 20 pages, tears streaked down my face.This is a tale about loss, about sadness, about love, but most of all, about hope It is about a young woman who has not known a lot of kindness in her life who discovers a young girl on a bus, alone She opens her heart and her home to this young girl and in doing so it changes all of their lives.Beautifully written with words that at times are haunting and stirring This author definately has a way with words that will bring you to tears and make you feel emotions just in the reading of them.This book is a must for fans of All the Light You Cannot See and The Light Between Oceans If is full of the same style of feels and tugs on your heart in much the same manner flag Like see review Nov 22, 2018 Jo Shaw rated it really liked it This book dealt with love, loss and sacrifice spanning most of the twentieth century The book begins with a bus full of refugees from the bombing in Southampton being brought to the small village of Upton approximately 20 miles away, where Ellen, the wife of the miller, finds a little girl asleep on the back seat of the bus with no one claiming her or admitting that they knew anything about her Ellen falls for the little girl, Pamela and decides that she will foster her Eventually, following This book dealt with love, loss and sacrifice spanning most of the twentieth century The book begins with a bus full of refugees from the bombing in Southampton being brought to the small village of Upton approximately 20 miles away, where Ellen, the wife of the miller, finds a little girl asleep on the back seat of the bus with no one claiming her or admitting that they knew anything about her Ellen falls for the little girl, Pamela and decides that she will foster her Eventually, following discoveries about the child s mother, her father turns up three years later determined to take her and send her to live in Ireland with his sister and Pamela s cousins From the loss of Pamela, which Ellen feels keenly, the story looks at Ellen s own childhood and the losses she suffered then, together with events which follow many years later when Ellen makes a connection with another young girl, Penny.The complex situations and the depth of characters made this a very enjoyable read, and I ended the book with a few tears, I have to admit I was given a copy of this book via Netgalley on behalf of Harper Collins 4th Estate in exchange for an honest review flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 4 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Play Book Tag We Must Be Brave Frances Liardet 2.5 Stars 6 15 Jan 22, 2019 10 08AM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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        Frances Liardet is a child of the children of the Second World War She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and studied Arabic at Oxford before travelling to Cairo to work as a translator She currently lives in Somerset with her husband and daughter, and runs a summer writing session called Bootcamp Her first novel, The Game, won a Betty Trask award We Must Be Brave Frances Liardet is a child of the children of the Second World War She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and studied Arabic at Oxford before travelling to Cairo to work as a translator She currently lives in Somerset with her husband and daughter, and runs a summer writing session called Bootcamp Her first novel, The Game, won a Betty Trask award We Must Be Brave is her second novel


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    1. We Must Be Brave was a struggle for me I generally enjoy historical fiction but this book moved at an incredibly slow pace It was difficult for me to get into the story, stay invested, and enjoy it There are many positive reviews for We Must Be Brave so maybe it just wasn t for me.The setting is England during WWII Ellen finds a little girl, Pamela, alone on a bus Ellen does not have children of her own but takes Pamela in and becomes close with her Pamela leaves Ellen s home later [...]


    2. The Shop Girls of Lark Lane will tug at your heart strings once again as we catch up with Alice and the gals of Lark Lane.This is the second book in a series and as the book opens, we find the war is over and the men are returning home Alice, who was introduced in the first book, is reunited with her husband who is seeing his daughter for the first time She isn t exactly happy to share her mum with this new man and makes their adjustment rather difficult But then, there are difficult adjustme Th [...]


    3. from the blurb December, 1940 As German bombs fall on Southampton, the city s residents flee to the surrounding villages In Upton village, amid the chaos, newly married Ellen Parr finds a girl sleeping, unclaimed at the back of an empty bus Little Pamela, it seems, is entirely alone.Ellen has always believed she does not want children, but when she takes Pamela into her home the child cracks open the past Ellen thought she had escaped and the future she and her husband Selwyn had dreamed f


    4. Historical fiction is my favorite genre and I love books that are about WWII Though I was looking forward to reading We Must Be Brave, and it did accurately portray history and how the horrors of war impacted children as well as adults, I was disappointed The story was slow and just did not capture my attention Ellen Parr, the main character, is childless and married to a much older man named Selwyn She discovers a little girl, Pamela, all alone on a bus, and takes her in The story takes us Hist [...]


    5. I finished We Must Be Brave by Frances Liardet a few days ago All the emotions I had when I finished the book still lingered The feelings of sadness, sorrow, hope and most of all the feeling of love still lingered days after I read this book.This is a story set in England during WWII period and about a 4 year old girl Pamela being left behind on a bus and Ellen, the main character from the book, picked her up and bought her home herself so the little girl can stay safe The story started from I f [...]


    6. I finished this book at the end of my lunch hour and returned to work slightly red eyed and a bit sniffy but filled with the joy of a marvellous ending to a wonderful book This beautifully told, heartfelt novel tells a story of love, loss and discovery spanning the 20th century Looking at the bonds between parent and child and the hard decisions that are sometimes necessary we are shown that families, whether those we are born into or those that find us, always play a part in making us the peo I [...]


    7. Frances Liardet s, We Must Be Brave, is heartwarming at its best I dare you to not falm in love with the characters.


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