Title – Liverpool Connection
Author – Elisabeth Marrion
Genre – Historical Fiction
Length – 258 Pages
Publication – 14th May 2014
My Rating – 5/5 Stars
“Oh Danny Boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling…” Annie sang quietly, holding Derek’s baby blue cardigan and trying to detect a familiar smell. The same cardigan he was supposed to wear at his christening. Annie and her friends leave Ireland in 1926 young and optimistic, hoping to find a better life in Liverpool. Only things do not turn out the way they had imagined. Annie falls in love, marries and starts a family of her own. But with the onset of World War Two comes tragedy and loss, testing Annie’s strength to the limit. Little does she realise that the salvation of her loved ones lies partly with a German woman named Hilde, whose life and situation mirrors Annie’s own. ‘Liverpool Connection’ is the second book of a trilogy and is based on a true story. The first book, ‘The Night I Danced with Rommel’, tells Hilde’s story. The books are historical novels based on facts and tell the writer’s family history.
This book connects with the author’s previous work The Night I Danced With Rommel which I absolutely loved. It was a heart wrenchingly beautiful tale written superbly so I had high expectations with this one.
Elisabeth Marrion delivered again with her lovely storytelling that pulls you in. One of the major plus point for this author is her style of writing, short, sharp and informative chapters make the book flow so well and keep you engrossed as you don’t have time to tire.
This book is a tale of war, death & love which compliments the previous book immensely when the books connect. I won’t spoil it for you but the events that link the two books were amazing to read, when things clicked together I had that “Wow” moment.
For me this book wasn’t as emotive as the last one but that’s not to say this is a happy book.. it’s not, it feels real..gritty..the struggle for money and food. It really makes you appreciate what you have these days
One thing I enjoyed reading about but at the same time hated thinking about was the children being sent away to safety because of the war.. just how many families were truly torn apart.
There is one little boy I loved in this book above everyone else David.. a cheeky little lad.. and what a great name choice by the parents!
The only thing for me that would improve the book is an author’s note. The book is based on facts but is sold as fiction so it would be lovely to know just how much is fact and fiction
Literally I can’t think of anything else that would have made it any better.. it’s just a wonderfully easy and emotive read that opens your eyes to war while not overpowering you. At times it’s sad at others you can’t help but smile
A wonderful book from a talented writer