IN LOVE AND WAR by Barbara Ker Wilson
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Once again, Miss Wilson (author of Path-Through-the-Woods, 1958, p.872, J-266) has constructed a neatly organized, intriguing story by fitting the oddly shaped pieces of a jig-saw-like puzzle together. Using the tension-ridden years of World War II advantageously, the author studies the startling effects that war has on the lives of young people in a village in England. A young school teacher, a wealthy, sophisticated girl, and a drama student are among those who leave Renchester bound for London or Paris. In this complex pattern, they become remotely or closely involved in the lives of one or more of the other characters. In the end, Marion Gray, a bitter, self-centered young girl, is the only one whose destiny has not been altered by the war. With close attention to local color, Barbara Wilson has skillfully recreated vivid pictures of London, Renchester, and Paris as they appeared during a chaotic era. The character portrayals are sharply etched in this dramatic story of the romance genre which should receive the attention it merits from teenage girls.

Pub Date: March 18th, 1963
Publisher: World