I just finished the audio book The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. This is one of those audio books that I just grabbed without reading the book description. At the time I was thinking I’d need a few books for surgery recuperation time so just grabbed something quick then it turns out there really wasn’t a lot of sitting around time after my surgery. I ended up listening to it as I sewed.
The book is set at the beginning of WWII. It’s a coming of age story and juvenielle fiction. As you likely know…things I love. The story starts in England as people begin to anticipate bombings and consider the safety of the children living in England. Sadly one girl in London, Ada, along with her brother Jamie live with an abusive mother. The mother plans to ship Jamie away but plans to keep Ada with her-not because she loves Ada or wants Ada. She believes no one will take Ada because she has a club foot. Ada finds strength and decides if her mother isn’t going to send her, she’ll simply run away. The story is so good. I absolutely loved it.
Here’s what Amazon had to say, “Nine-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn’t waste a minute—she sneaks out to join him.
So begins a new adventure of Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan—and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the cruel hands of their mother?”
Amazon readers give the book 4.8 stars. I highly agree. I absolutely loved the book. This is a book I would have definitely read aloud to my kiddos when they were small.