Grim, uplifting and funny, this fictionalised family saga weaves memories and historical records stemming from real-life stories of a Welsh girl and a Kiwi boy who would never have met, if it wasn’t for Hitler.
Evie, born and bred in the Valleys of South Wales, seems destined for a life in service, but the clouds of war draw her to Cirencester and work in a munitions factory. There she meets Frank, a boy from the Bay of Plenty, who is stationed with the 11th Forestry Company of the NZ Army. As war swirls around them, they find themselves in London, a young couple with everything to live for but with death their constant companion.
New Zealand writer and educator, Patricia Fenton began her teaching career in New Zealand and later worked in international schools around the globe before being appointed to the International Baccalaureate Organisation (Cardiff, Wales) with responsibility for curriculum and professional development publications.
After returning to New Zealand, she wrote her first novel, Beyond the Rimu Grove, and followed up with War Bride inspired by the real-life experiences of her late mother-in-law, Prudence Ashfield Fenton. She lives in Whangarei.