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Beyond the Blue Hills: A World War 2 Family Saga

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Laura Collins, a widow, is struggling to make a good life for her daughters, Tess and Tina.They are living with Laura's sister Millie and her seven children so when Laura is offered a good job, with accommodation, she is delighted.

Life is very different for the Brewsters, living on Manor Farm in Herefordshire.Danny and his girlfriend, Sophie, intend to marry one day so tha
Paperback, 480 pages
Published June 21st 2007 by Arrow (first published December 7th 2006)
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Elaine Watson
A typical Katie Flynn story of Liverpool - alls well that ends well - a nice read
Jazzmin Hunter
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It took a while to become interested in the characters. Then the World War 2 starts. Children are sent to live away from bombings, young women become land girls (sent to work on farms for food production) or do things like go to work in factories, young men join the services. The story follows the characters as they get on with their lives during all this. For example, a young girl is sent to live on a farm where three other girls are sent. Then her older sister visits and decides to become a la ...more
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
I was disappointed. This book isn't as good as others I've read from KF. It just goes on and on and nothing interesting happens with the characters. You could say - but come on, people die, there is love, rape etc. Oh yes. But still.
In the beginning I didn't mind that the pace was slow, as it is usual with KF. But then the puzzle pieces didn't appear. The stories didn't really connect either. Sad to say, I'll be giving this book away.
Layla Ashby
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read this book some years ago when it first came out lovely story great writing as always from Katie Flynn. 5 *****
P.D.R. Lindsay
Jul 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: pleasant-reads

For those who love a big friendly read organised into nice neat chapters perfect for bedtime reading this is novel for them. It's a little different from the usual saga. here we have two groups of people, one family who is Liverpool based, the other family farming in Herefordshire, who find their lives entangled because of the Second World War.

It's a long and complicated read, spanning the late 1930s and the WWII years. Writing-wise it's rather more telling the story than showing it, but the in
Rachael Reviews
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have read this book as a paperback and also as an eBook and enjoyed reading this book either way. Beyond the Blue hills is a fantastic book that is based around two families one in Liverpool the other in Herefordshire who become entangled during world 2. The book follows the story of Tess who is the main female lead and who becomes a land girl in Herefordshire where you also meet Philip and Danny the two main male leads who want to be fighter pilots. This book gripped me from the beginning it ...more
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
A wonderful book that made me both laugh and cry. Set before and during world war II this book gripped me from the start, telling the stories of two families that converge beautifully and lead to a satisfying end.
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book. Easy to read. A typical world war 2 romance book.
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Katie Flynn was born in Norwich and attended Norwich High School, where she was extremely happy and extremely undistinguished. Published at the tender age of eight, in Enid Blyton's Sunny Stories, she joined a Writers’ Circle as an adult, publishing short stories, articles, etc; only turning to novels in 1971 beca
“Tess was at the top of the tallest plum tree in the orchard, picking furiously. She had a canvas bucket slung across her chest and she was competing with several wasps who thought their right to the fruit was every bit as good as hers. The plums in the orchard, it seemed to the girls, had been hard one day and ripe the next, though of course Tess knew that this was not so. It was just because there had been a late raspberry crop which had kept the girls too busy to think about plums, and when Mr Turnbull had announced that the fruit was ripe and needed picking, it had seemed only yesterday that they had been spraying the trees and cursing windy days because then the spray in the guns was apt to blow back into their faces, coating them with an unpleasant sticky substance and leaving the aphids as healthy as before.” 0 likes
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