of the Women of World War II
the summer of 1939, the inhabitants of the fishing village of Bexham,
England, which faces France, know that the invasion by the Nazis
could come through their village. When
most of the men join the military, their wives and mothers are left
behind to help in the defense of their country.
Chestnut Tree is the story of four women: Judy, married to
a soldier lost in battle, who works for the war effort as best she
can; Meggie, who acts as a spy in occupied France; Mattie, a driver
who falls in love with an American general; and Rusty, who experiences
heartbreak and hard work trying to keep her family together.
reader experiences life on the home front in fine detail, depicting
the emancipation of the women; the reaction of the men toward this
change in the women's status; and the horrible events of the deaths
is a vivid sketch of the traumatic time in the lives of the people
affected by World War II. The author has successfully evoked the
spirit of the people and of the times.
Tree is a fine portrait of the courage and stamina of the women
whose lives were changed by events, and would never revert to what
they were before. It is well written with smooth flowing narration
and a depth of characterization.