Shelter - Sarah Franklin

This is a fantastic read. Its a captivating, it swipes you from this world back to a small rural place during WW2. I was oblivious that these lumberjils existed and what they contributed to the war effort.

This debut (I love discovering a new talent to add to my reading repoirtoie) is the tale of a male & female thrown together after both having horrific experiences. I found the female protagonist, hard to warm to, but this didn't hinder my enjoyment from the book, and think her jarsh character was developed from her experiences previous.

I would highly recommend this to any reader of womens fiction, not sure it can be defined to a narrow genre, but it's gripping and unputdownable.  Also I enjoyed the fact there wasn't an abrupt ending... Not saying any more as you need to read it.

Early spring 1944.

Connie Granger has escaped her bombed-out city home, finding refuge in the Women's Timber Corps. For her, this remote community must now serve a secret purpose.

Seppe, an Italian prisoner of war, is haunted by his memories. In the forest camp, he finds a strange kind of freedom.

Their meeting signals new beginnings. But as they are drawn together, the world outside their forest haven is being torn apart. Old certainties are crumbling, and both must now make a life-defining choice.

What price will they pay for freedom? What will they fight to protect?