We Must Be Brave by Frances Liardet audiobook

We Must Be Brave

By Frances Liardet
Read by  Jayne Entwistle  and Juliet Mills

Penguin Audio
16.12 Hours Unabridged
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THE NATIONAL BESTSELLER Spanning the sweep of the twentieth century, We Must Be Brave explores the fierce love that we feel for our children and the power of that love to endure. Beyond distance, beyond time, beyond life itself. "This stirring debut will work its way indelibly into your heart." --Georgia Hunter, author of We Were the Lucky Ones A woman. A war. The child who changed everything. December 1940. In the disorderly evacuation of Southampton, England, newly married Ellen Parr finds a small child asleep on the backseat of an empty bus. No one knows who little Pamela is. Ellen professed not to want children with her older husband, and when she takes Pamela into her home and rapidly into her heart, she discovers that this is true: Ellen doesn't want children. She wants only Pamela. Three golden years pass as the Second World War rages on. Then one day Pamela is taken away, screaming. Ellen is no stranger to sorrow, but when she returns to the quiet village life she's long lived, she finds herself asking: In a world changed by war, is it fair to wish for an unchanged heart? In the spirit of We Were the Lucky Ones and The Nightingale, here is a novel about courage and kindness, hardship and friendship, and the astonishing power of love.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

THE NATIONAL BESTSELLER

Spanning the sweep of the twentieth century, We Must Be Brave explores the fierce love that we feel for our children and the power of that love to endure. Beyond distance, beyond time, beyond life itself.

"This stirring debut will work its way indelibly into your heart." --Georgia Hunter, author of We Were the Lucky Ones


A woman. A war. The child who changed everything.

December 1940. In the disorderly evacuation of Southampton, England, newly married Ellen Parr finds a small child asleep on the backseat of an empty bus. No one knows who little Pamela is.

Ellen professed not to want children with her older husband, and when she takes Pamela into her home and rapidly into her heart, she discovers that this is true: Ellen doesn't want children. She wants only Pamela. Three golden years pass as the Second World War rages on. Then one day Pamela is taken away, screaming. Ellen is no stranger to sorrow, but when she returns to the quiet village life she's long lived, she finds herself asking: In a world changed by war, is it fair to wish for an unchanged heart?

In the spirit of We Were the Lucky Ones and The Nightingale, here is a novel about courage and kindness, hardship and friendship, and the astonishing power of love.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Moving...Readers will be captivated by Ellen’s story, which is bolstered by a swift plot and characters who realistically and memorably grow. Publishers Weekly
Filled with rich detail and dynamic characters, this novel transports readers to England during World War II. Woman’s World
This is storytelling at its best. Wise, generous and captivating. Sarah Winman, author of Tin Man
Beautifully written. Its scope is ambitious, as it seeks to portray the longtime ravages that the war and its attendance upheavals perpetrated upon the home front. . . [This historical war novel] is different and original. Historical Novel ReviewWe Must Be Brave is a wonderful novel. A beautifully written story of love and loss, with thoughtfully crafted characters and so much to think about long after you’ve finished reading it. It is one of those novels you can talk about for hours - the perfect book club read.
A beautifully written story that explores love, loss, resilience, and the bonds of motherhood over the course of the 20th century. A sweeping, heartfelt novel about what it means to truly love a child. Jillian Cantor, author of The Lost Letter and In Another Time
“Deeply moving...A stunningly accurate portrayal of the all-encompassing depth of a mother’s love (whether she’s the biological mother or not). Read it and weep. AARP Magazine
Ellen, beset by hardship from a young age, ends up happy in a marriage blanc with the much older Selwyn, and is convinced she doesn’t want children until Pamela arrives. Then she experiences an all-consuming love that Liardet captures on the page with a heartbreaking conviction. The Times (London)
“Intense passion is concealed behind a facade of British modesty in this...blazing story of hearts wounded and restored. Kirkus Reviews (starred)
Be prepared to surrender—to Liardet's gorgeous prose, her haunting storyline, and the question that will lodge in your heart long after you’ve finished: What would I have done? For anyone who has ever loved a child, this stirring debut will work its way indelibly into the folds of your memory, and of your heart. Georgia Hunter, New York Times bestselling author of We Were the Lucky Ones
Poignant and absorbing. People
“Dazzling . . . As a testament to parental love and its relationship to the heartbreaking, healing, almost ungraspable passage of time, We Must Be Brave is a great success: richly observed, lovingly drawn, and determinedly clear-eyed to the last. Guardian (UK)
Vividly portrayed....Liardet reminds us that mother-daughter love can arise from thrown-together hearts during the cruelest rubble of war. Through every scene, we see the tattered socks, the doll faces, the honey-smells of baby skin, but mostly we feel the strength and endurance of heart-crushing love. The war and weather-etched faces and life-long relationships of the villagers show us that real family has little to do with worn down definitions. This is a powerful story that proves how love itself requires courage. Delia Owens, New York Times bestselling author of Where the Crawdads Sing
“Liardet’s lovely book [is] about love and loss, and our chosen families. Dare you not to weep. Woman’s Day
“This beautiful novel will make you hug your own family a little closer. It’s about love, loss, and what makes a family in World War II-era England. Fans of the sepia tones of historical fiction will find a lot to love here, and it may even put your own life into perspective. Good Housekeeping
“Narrator Jayne Entwistle outdoes herself with this moving story…Entwistle captures the kind, childless Parr…[and] particularly shines as precocious Pamela…Juliet Mills’s spirited narration begins in 2010, when Parr and Pamela are finally reunited in a conclusion that is satisfying without being sentimental. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Frances Liardet

Author Bio: Frances Liardet

FRANCES LIARDET has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and studied Arabic at Oxford before traveling to Cairo, where she translated modern Egyptian novelists including Nobel-prize winner Naguib Mahfouz and Edwar al-Kharrat. She currently lives in Somerset, England, and runs a summer writing session called Bootcamp, where local writers get together to share work and constructive criticism. Her first novel, The Game, won a Betty Trask Award.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 16.12
Audience: Adult
Language: English