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The acidly heartwarming tale of the relationship between a WW2 orphan evacuee and his foster mother, set against the backdrop of the Blitz
When ten-year-old orphan Noel Bostock is evacuated from London to escape the Blitz, he ends up living in St. Albans with Vera Sedge, who at thirty-six is drowning in debts and dependents. Always desperate for money, she's unscrupulous about how she gets it.
Noel's mourning his godmother, Mattie, a former suffragette. Brought up to share her disdain for authority and eclectic approach to education, he has little in common with other children and even less with Vee, who hurtles impulsively from one self-made crisis to the next. The war's thrown up new opportunities for making money, but what Vee needs (and what she's never had) is a cool head and the ability to make a plan.
On her own, she's a disaster. With Noel, she's a part of a team.
Together they cook up an idea. Criss-crossing the bombed suburbs of London, Vee starts to make a profit and Noel begins to regain his interest in life.
But there are plenty of other people making money out of the war, and some of them are dangerous. Noel may have been moved to safety, but he isn't actually safe at all.
From the Back Cover:
When Noel Bostock?aged ten, no family?is evacuated from London to escape the Nazi bombardment, he lands in a suburb northwest of the city with Vera Sedge?a thirty-six-year-old widow drowning in debts and dependents. Always desperate for money, she?s unscrupulous about how she gets it.
Eccentrically educated and raised with a disdain for authority, Noel has little in common with other children, and even less with the impulsive Vee, who hurtles from one self-made crisis to the next. The war?s provided unprecedented opportunities for making money, but what Vee needs is a cool head and the ability to make a plan. On her own, she?s a disaster. With Noel, she?s a team.Together, they cook up a scheme. . . .
Title: Crooked Heart
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Book Condition: Very Good
Book Description Harper Collins 2015-07-28, 2015. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Paperback. Publisher overstock, may contain remainder mark on edge. Bookseller Inventory # 9781443440349B
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Minimal damage to cover and binding. Pages show light use. Bookseller Inventory # G1443440345I3N00