A SAGA OF A YOUNG GIRL'S STRUGGLE FOR SURVIVAL ON THE ISLAND OF JERSEY DURING THE NAZI SECOND WORLD WAR OCCUPATION. After the death of Rochelle Dubois's parents, she is adopted by their employer, Charles Laurient, and together she and Charles work to rear his treasured rare orchids. But when war breaks out, Rochelle is left to do her best for herself and her precious seedlings, for Charles is taken away by the Germans. The arrival of his son Laurie from America could be her salvation.
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Judith Saxton was born and brought up in Norfolk and now lives in North Wales with her husband and family. She has always been keenly interested in country pursuits - the family owns cats, dogs and horses - and enjoys cooking and swimming. She has had over fifty books published, under several names.From Kirkus Reviews:
From the author of All My Fortunes (1988) and A Family Affair, (1990), another decorously told tale about family partings and reunions set in violent times. Here, confronting the Nazi occupation of the British isle of Jersey during WW II is a dewy, young heroine, an elder underground hero, a long-lost illegitimate son, and, amid all the muck-ups, lots about orchid culture--the royal breed of horticulture. In the 1920's, Charles Laurient, from a ``rich and ancient'' Jersey family, loves and (unbeknownst to him) impregnates American Helen, who flees home to produce son ``Laurie.'' Back on Jersey, Charles decides to adopt orphaned child Rochelle, and together they toil in the family hothouse, hoping that some day they will evolve the ``Pure Madonna''--a spectacular orchid once bred by Charles's father. But then come war and the Nazis. Charles, soon helping POWs escape, is deported, and 16-year-old Rochelle must carry on with the estate--and the orchids. Meanwhile, now-grown Laurie, an escaped Air Force POW, arrives, and it's love at first sight, but Rochelle--innocent to the point, one feels, of being a teensy bit simple-minded--is afraid of betraying her filial love for Charles. A discovery of a bang-up orchid, fame for Rochelle, and South American orchid-hunting for Laurie will intervene before the happy finale. Just a sweet tea romance (in spite of the Nazis)--though Jersey is a fine place to visit, and the orchid watering and pottering may intrigue some. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Descrizione libro Magna Large Print Books, 1992. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Used: Very Good. Ex-library. Hardback book, no dust jacket, in very good condition. Will have usual library markings/stamps, may have front endpaper removed and/or protective plastic sleeve. Codice libro della libreria 095815