Recent Read no. 1 – Our Castle by the Sea

Hello everyone! Hope you are all staying safe, keeping well and reading lots 🙂 Over the weekend I thought I’d do a series of catch up posts, in which I update you on my recent reads of the last month or so. If you haven’t already, hit follow, so you don’t miss out the upcoming posts. I’ve got some really great reading to share with you all. Hope you enjoy!

‘Our Castle by the Sea’ by Lucy Strange

First-of, I’ve recently read Our Castle by the Sea written by Lucy Strange (author of The Secret of Nightingale Wood) and shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. I haven’t read a 9-12 book as good as this in a while – I literally could not put it down!

Set on the south coast of England during WW2, Our Castle by the Sea follows the story of 12-year-old Petra as her life is turned upside down by the war. Her Dad is the keeper of the lighthouse that Pet has lived in all her life, but when things go horribly wrong for her family, it is Petra who must fight to keep the Lighthouse safe. While out on the hillside, the ancient Daughters of Stone stand strong, weaving their magic into her life forever. An exciting mix of secret tunnels and military adventure with myth and folklore alongside love, friendship, family and a great deal of bravery.

If your a follower of my blog you probably already know how much I love a period set novel and this one was no exception! Absolutely incredible; well written, atmospheric, compelling and sensitive. The characters were intricately created and the plot unfolded in ways I never imagined. The wisps of myth created an ever present mist of magic over the whole story and added another dimension to the surreality of war.

I’ve read a lot of books set during the wartime but am still constantly discovering things anew. Here I saw yet another side to WW2 – the role of the lighthouse keeper during the war was fascinating. Another element I have not read much about was the detaining of all suspect citizens during the war, families separated, innocent mothers, grandparents, brothers, sisters…… all for the country’s fear of a cat among the pigeons. It was heart wrenching.

I definitely recommend reading this book and here are a couple of other great books I’ve selected which are along similar lines…

Anna at War by Helen Peters, and The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips by Michael Morpurgo.

Well that concludes the first of my Recent Reads. Hope you enjoyed and I’ll see you soon for my Recent Read number two!

Meg Readz xx

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