|About the Book|
In England in 1947, as the wounds of World War II heal, Philip and Eleanor Bartlett attend the wedding of their daughter, Jenny, to an American, Harrison Sanders, whom she met during the war. Its a marriage the Bartletts initially tired to prevent,MoreIn England in 1947, as the wounds of World War II heal, Philip and Eleanor Bartlett attend the wedding of their daughter, Jenny, to an American, Harrison Sanders, whom she met during the war. Its a marriage the Bartletts initially tired to prevent, because Jennys future now lies far away in California.Among the wedding guests in the church are members of five families with whom the Bartletts shared many idyllic seaside holidays before the war. Seeing them again, Eleanor recalls their last holiday together in 1939.After the war begins, each family confronts its own battle to survive. Their continuing friendship gives them comfort as they follow each others lives, loves, fears, and heartbreaks through the devastating war years.They Survived the War.Will They Survive the Wedding?Homefront—A Story of Love and War, by Geraldine Boyce, is a gentle and strong novel that centers on a well-off British family before, during, and after World War II. The father, Philip Bartlett, is the son of a shopkeeper and now a successful businessman employed by a pharmaceutical company. The older daughter, Gwen, is a nurse in London. These two characters are well drawn, but the two primary characters in this story are the younger daughter, Jenny, and especially the mother, Eleanor. They are intelligent, caring people, but both of them are strong-minded and they are in conflict about Jennys future.At the beginning of Homefront, Jenny has fallen in love and plans to marry an American, Harrison Sanders, whom she met when he was stationed in England during the war. Her parents are against the marriage because it will take Jenny from them to live faraway in California. But in 1947, Harrison returns to England to claim his bride.Eleanor is heartbroken when the young couple go ahead with their marriage plans. During the wedding she sees members of five families in the church with whom they spent many holidays before the war and she is comforted by their strength. The book launches into a reminiscence of those idyllic times at the seaside resort of Whitney Bay.When the war begins, each family confronts its own battle to survive. But their continuing friendships sustain and give them courage to handle their fears and heartbreaks and adjust, often with good humor, to the hardships of a devastating war. To some extent, Homefront is an exploration of how the British character changed and grew.