Claire Gathercole


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This is the story of a young woman’s dilemma in World War II. How can she and those she loves survive the problems they face?
Our story opens as Hetty prepares for Will’s return from a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp. She has learnt that Will has been tortured and disfigured in the camp and it was only the thought of her and his daughter, Mary, conceived on their wedding night, which kept him alive.
However, two years earlier, Hetty thought that her hasty marriage to Will had ended when she got the telegram “Missing, presumed dead!” Now he was coming home. How can she tell him about her new baby, Dorothy?
Staying with Will’s parents in Somerset, a young asthmatic teacher, David, is kind to Hetty and her young child, Mary, and they fall in love. But then there is the problem of what happened when they went blackberrying.
How on earth can these damaged people find a new way to live?
What will the outcome be?


Claire Gathercole:
Using her past experience as a clergy wife and a state school librarian, Claire Gathercole’s writing explores how she and others can cope with the problems life throws at us, often when we least expect them. From the grief encountered at different times by everyone, she explores ways to find the love and hope we all need to survive as we look to the future.