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This book perfectly evokes the final few years of island life on St Kilda, in the Outer Hebrides. It really captures the bleak and haunting beauty of this landscape and captures the disappearing way of life. Set from the 1920s to 1940s, it’s the love story of local girl Chrissie and Cambridge undergraduate Fred; they fall in love but fate keeps intervening to keep them apart. Can even prisoner of war camps and mass evacuations, though, get in the way of true love forever? The poetic book alternates between different perspectives, allowing them all to develop. There are no major twists or turns to the plot, but fans of historical fiction definitely won’t be disappointed. It’s a lovely story and one that I would recommend.

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