From beginning to end, "Sally Bone" is a captivating and compelling read. It encapsulates the foibles of human nature and the ups and downs of life that we all experience. What makes it a particular joy to read are the humorous style and the pointed descriptions of all the characters - good and bad - that Sally meets. At the age of four Sally finds herself in the wrong carriage on a train of evacuees, which takes her to the last paradise on earth, a little village called Chrishall. Although living under the shadow of the war, Sally enjoys a special childhood with Fred and Jessie who treat her like their own daughter. Churchill's speech of victory was the first true disaster in Sally's life. It meant she had to leave her little kingdom and return to a world unknown to her for a period of six years. She promised all her loved ones, that she would make them famous. She would write about them. Tell the world about them. Her life in Holland far away from her beloved kingdom, was a successful, miraculous adventure. A tragic accident guides her to death's door. To this day Sally will tell you 'my darling friends from the war kept the doors of heaven closed'.
They wanted to make sure she would keep her promise. For those who are not ashamed to laugh and cry. For those who can identify themselves in the mystery of others, this book will truly achieve its ultimate goal.
The author, Sheila Fields, combines scenes from her own life with her imagination. Born in London, she has lived near Amsterdam for many years now, but her books breathe that authentic English atmosphere that England itself has almost forgotten.