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Daisy's war
Summers, Rowena, 1932-
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Sutton : Severn House, 2001.
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281 pages ; 23 cm
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As a girl, Daisy Caldwell wanted nothing more than to emulate her beloved mother, who dazzled crowds with her stage performances. However, when her mother died in a tragic accident Daisy had to grow up quickly, and she chose to strike out in a new direction and train as a nurse. By spring 1940, she has grown to relish her vocation, but as the war takes its tell on her friends and relatives she realises that she may not be as professional as she's assumed. Meanwhile Daisy's eldest sister Immy is finally finding her own niche as official driver to Royal Engineers officer Captain Grayson Beckett, while the middle Caldwell girl, Elsle, is content to watch the progress of the war from the sidelines, waiting for the birth of her first child - until her new husband returns on a hospital ship from Dunkirk...

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Set in England during World War II, this continuation of Summers' Caldwell family saga focuses on Daisy Caldwell, who experiences all kinds of upheaval. When her mother dies, her family scatters. Sister Imogen joins the war effort; sister Elsie marries her young man; brother Baz decides to find himself on a fishing trawler; and Daisy and her little brother go to live with her aunt and uncle. Aiding her friend after a fall from a horse, Daisy, who always thought she'd be an entertainer like her mother, resolves to become a nurse instead and ends up seeing things no one so young should witness. Daisy comforts wounded soldiers, rides with an ambulance, and even takes part in the evacuation from Dunkirk. Battles rage internally, too, as Daisy struggles with the loss of friends and family, and Summers draws readers into the demanding life of a young woman who comes of age in an exceedingly difficult time. --Maria Hatton