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Summary

A new Second World War novel from best-selling author Diney Costeloe, based on a gripping and moving true story.

Plymouth, 1941. As sirens blare all around, the Shawbrook family take refuge in a packed shelter. Bombs have already begun to fall through the night sky when they realise their infant son, Freddie, has been forgotten in the rush, left to sleep in his crib. Terrified, Vera, his young mother, races to find him and bring him to safety.

The next morning, air raid warden David Shawbrook returns from his watch to find the shelter pulverised, and his family seemingly all dead. Dirty footprints inside their home betray the looters who have rifled through the house.

Meanwhile, Maggie waits alone for her husband. Since the death of her infant son, she passes her days at home with neither joy nor aim. But not this morning. For this morning her husband has brought home a child, found abandoned in the aftermath of the terrible raid - a child she is sure is the one she held in her arms so many months before.

©2021 Diney Costeloe (P)2021 W F Howes

Critic reviews

"Truly captivating." (Woman & Home)

"This is a truly captivating [listen] that brings together vibrant characters and a historical setting." (Woman's Own)

"A gripping saga." (My Weekly)

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Great book!

I loved this book and was very sorry when It had finished it. It was very well narrated and an excellent story.

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Boring Predictable Story

Not very entertaining Story was so underwhelming Characters where either good or bad Very boring

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Gripping story

I enjoyed this gripping story that kept me listening keen to find out what happened next as the police follow in the trail of an abducted baby. A story full of characters that one comes to care about and hope that things turn out better for them as they struggle with the devastation of war-time bombing and fears over loved ones serving in the armed forces. A reminder of what people had to put up with.
The narrator is excellent as she brings the characters to life with a variety of voices and accents.

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the stolen baby

what a brilliant story .Well read .Hope to read some more of here story's

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Excellent!

Thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Diney Costeloe never fails to deliver. I’ve loved all the books of hers I’ve listened to. Thanks audible!

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excellent

really enjoyed this book , the story and oratory were excellent , would recommend it very good.

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Very. Good

Enjoyed all this book lol could not put it down might read it again good good good

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What a brilliant story

Georgia Maguire beautifully read this tale of war, loss and love, I didn’t want to stop listening! I shall be watching out for more of Diney Costeloe’s work as it was beautifully written with wonderful and careful detail, so much so, that I could direct the film! This book gave wonderful insight to the bravery of our navy in world war 2; the complexities of war and human nature. I highly recommend this book- I feel as though I ‘lived’ it.

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Fab story

I have enjoyed listening to all of diney Costello‘s story and this was was no exception. Great story, wonderful characters and super narration.

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Too much fluff and filler

Wonderfully narrated by Georgia Maguire, the only reason I persisted with the story. The fundamental idea of the story was a really good one, but the writer included too much obvious description. Consequently the book was overlong and tedious.