Title:  We Must Be Brave

Author:  Frances Liardet

December 1940:  As German bombs fell on Southampton, England the city’s residents flee to the surrounding villages.  In Upton village, amid the chaos, newly married Ellen Parr finds a girl asleep, unclaimed at the back of an empty bus.  Little Pamela, it seems, is entire alone.

Ellen has always believed she does not want children, but when she takes Pamela into her home, the child cracks open the past Ellen thought she had escaped and the future she and her husband, Selwyn, had dreamed for themselves.  As the war wages on, love grows where it was least expected, surprising then all.  But with the end of the fighting comes the realization that Pamela was never theirs to keep.

A story of courage and kindness, hardship and friendship, We Must Be Brave is a luminous and profoundly moving novel about the people we rescue, and he ways in which they rescue us in return.