Book Review | A Girl’s War
Author: Doreen Drewry Lehr
A Girl’s War is a heart-wrenching story that puts a human face — a child’s face — on the terror, the loss, and the everyday realities of war. It’s a touching, sentimental story of a little girl in Britain during World War II. She tells of rations and sacrifices and fear, but also of the heartache of losing her family and everything she knows as a result of the war.
Doreen Drewry Lehr tells a tragic story that is, truthfully, difficult to comprehend. But it is precisely these types of books — primary sources — that are so valuable (invaluable, really) for readers, so that they can gain a deeper understanding of historical events and their impact on human lives. For instance, all road signs were removed in Britain, to cause confusion and misdirection in case the Germans invaded the country. Food rations were hardly enough to sustain good health; cheese dipped to only 1 oz. per week at one point, but from 1940 through the end of the war, eggs, milk, sugar, tea, meat, etc. were all rationed.
However, it’s Lehr’s unbelievable experience — being evacuated to a school in the countryside, far from the bombing, where she was left alone, frightened, and confused. It is sobering, to say the least, and heartbreaking at its worst. I found myself reading and re-reading passages, stunned at what this helpless child had gone through. Her experience serves as a valuable lesson of the cost of war, far beyond what most people figure into that calculation.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*