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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER"A powerful story that proves how love itself requires courage." —Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdads SingSpanning World War II and 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.A woman. A war. The child who changed everything.December 1940. As German bombs fall on Southampton, England during World War II, the city's residents flee to the surrounding villages. In Upton village, amid the chaos, newly married Ellen Parr finds a girl asleep, 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 realization that Pamela was never theirs to keep. 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.
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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
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.
"A powerful story that proves how love itself requires courage." —Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdads Sing

A woman. A war. The child who changed everything.
December 1940. As German bombs fall on Southampton, England, the city's residents flee to the surrounding villages. In Upton village, amid the chaos, newly married Ellen Parr finds a girl asleep, 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...
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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
"A powerful story that proves how love itself requires courage." —Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdads Sing
Spanning World War II and 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.

A woman. A war. The child who changed everything.
December 1940. As German bombs fall on Southampton, England during World War II, the city's residents flee to the surrounding villages. In Upton village, amid the chaos, newly married Ellen Parr finds a girl asleep, 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 realization that Pamela was never theirs to keep. 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.
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        December 15, 2018
        This chronicle of an Englishwoman's life across the middle of the 20th century radiates love and suffering through a caring but incomplete marriage, war, and aching affection for other people's children.In scenes lit by small yet plangent detail, Liardet's U.S. debut offers a slow reveal of a story, piecing together Ellen Calvert's life in the English village of Upton. Born into a wealthy family, Ellen was 11 in 1932 "when things started disappearing," the first indication of the financial ruin that would lead to her father's suicide and the family's shameful, swift descent into poverty and hunger, leavened only by the unspoken kindness of a small local community. Ellen emerges from this emotional crucible a determined, clearheaded, reserved young woman who recognizes, at 18, that love could be hers in the form of 39-year-old mill owner Selwyn Parr. But Parr was damaged in World War I, and although his feelings for Ellen are tender and complete, they will never include a sexual relationship. Liardet does a fine job of seeding the past into the present, dropping hints of Ellen's terrible early suffering while introducing married, practical Ellen in 1940 as she opens her home to Pamela, the 5-year-old survivor of a bombing raid in nearby Southampton. Unexpectedly, and without, at first, Selwyn's blessing, Ellen finds herself falling into the devoted role of Pamela's mother. Quicksilver Pamela, however, is only hers temporarily. The novel's long arc reaches far beyond the end of the war; by the 1970s, Ellen is a widow, suddenly awoken again, through the needs of another desperate child, to the bright spirit of Pamela. Lovely, unshowy prose--"Outside the air was like milk. We had these fogs from time to time"--gives lyrical life to the countryside, the seasons, and to Ellen's sensitivities during a long span of endurance and profound emotion.Intense passion is concealed behind a facade of British modesty in this understated yet blazing story of hearts wounded and restored.

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        When Ellen Parr made the decision to marry an older man, she accepted that children would not be in her future and believed she was at peace with that fact. However, the discovery of a lost child left on a bus, who arrived in her quiet English village as a refugee fleeing German bombs, changes everything. Ellen is enchanted by Pamela, and three blissful years pass while authorities search for but are unable to locate the child's parents. When Pamela is eventually torn from Ellen's arms, a deep grief consumes the rest of her life. Though touted as World War II historical fiction, this tearjerker about motherhood and loss has more in common with M.L. Stedman's The Light Between Oceans than Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale. Liardet (The Game) convincingly captures Ellen's inner emotional life and movingly depicts how a woman who thought she didn't want children could bond so strongly with one child in particular. Readers who enjoy tales of village life will appreciate the quirky cast of characters who surround Ellen and may forgive the slightly rushed ending of a story stretching across several decades. VERDICT Recommended for historical fiction fans seeking slow-paced, emotional reads.--Mara Bandy Fass, Champaign P.L., IL

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