Every summer Lily and her father go to her family's house in Rockaway, near the Atlantic Ocean. But the summer of 1944 is different. World War II has called Lily's father overseas, Lily's best friend Margaret had to move with her family to a wartime factory town, and Lily is forced to live... read more
World War II has been going on for a few years and everyone has some connection to it throughout her town. Lily lost her mother and she has only her grandmother and dad left. Every year her and her friend Margaret spend the summer together, but not this summer. Margaret has to go with... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
World War II has been going on for a few years and everyone has some connection to it throughout her town. Lily lost her mother and she has only her grandmother and dad left. Every year her and her friend Margaret spend the summer together, but not this summer. Margaret has to go with her family, so that her father can help build planes for the war effort. Lily's father has to go to Europe to help with the reconstruction. So Lily and her Grandmother end up spending the summer together. Lily feels that her Grandmother is too strict and she is forcing her to play that "damn" piano. Lily ends up meeting a war refuge from Hungary and they become friends. Both children are wrapped up in lies, but together they end up making it through the summer. Friendships are creating and forgiveness is given and understood.
“I told her that saying goodbye didn't matter, not a bit. What mattered were all the days you were together before that, all the things you remembered.”Poppy
“The top of the house,” Gram always told her, “the top of the world.”Highlighted by 15 Kindle customers
“I told her that saying goodbye didn’t matter, not a bit. What mattered were all the days you were together before that, all the things you remembered.”Highlighted by 9 Kindle customers
“His promise, Albert. That’s what he meant. He promised I’d know where he was, that he’d tell me without the censors knowing.Highlighted by 8 Kindle customers
Ruth down the steps, and she could hear him saying, “It’s Lily, it’s my best friend, Lily.”Highlighted by 7 Kindle customers
“Oh, Albert. The French Revolution. I know where my father is.” She looked up. “He’s been trying to tell me all these weeks. Madeline and The Three Musketeers. Roland, the French hero. All in France. That’s why he sent me to Mrs. Hailey. He knew she’d tell me there wasn’t a book called The Promise.”Highlighted by 6 Kindle customers
She said the censors cross everything out in the letters. She can’t even guess what country.”Highlighted by 6 Kindle customers
“Right behind the armies will be people like me. We’re the ones who’ll help put Europe back together again.”Highlighted by 5 Kindle customers
friends. He could have said We can feed her together, or even We can take turns.Highlighted by 5 Kindle customers
Lily counted the days on her fingers It was almost time for St. Albans,Highlighted by 5 Kindle customers
“You’re my best friend, Albert,” she whispered, “the best friend I ever had . . .”Highlighted by 4 Kindle customers
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