Genre: Historical Fiction
Setting: England and France during 1914.
First Sentence: All went quiet on the Ypres front.
This novel is the first in the author's War Years series. This series currently runs to five books.
It is 1914. The Keeton family, like all families in lower class Leeds, are struggling to make a living. With five boys there are plenty of mouths to feed. The oldest boy is working. The two teenage twins are working when they can, and hustling cigarettes. Only one boy is getting an education.
Then war breaks out in Europe. And the four oldest boys join the army together.
Now they need to learn how to survive the horrors of war.
Will any of them survive until the end of the year?
For me this was an interesting book. The author gives us a view of what life was like in the working class neighborhoods. I enjoyed it.