Blogtober 2018 · Reviews

Blogtober Day 28: The Skylarks’ War by Hilary McKay // Review

Title: The Skylarks’ War by Hilary McKay

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 20th September 2018

Synopsis: Clarry and her older brother Peter live for their summers in Cornwall, staying with their grandparents and running free with their charismatic cousin, Rupert. But normal life resumes each September – boarding school for Peter and Rupert, and a boring life for Clarry at home with her absent father, as the shadow of a terrible war looms ever closer. When Rupert goes off to fight at the front, Clarry feels their skylark summers are finally slipping away from them. Can their family survive this fearful war?divider-2461548_1280

What a beautiful novel focusing on the struggles of war, of being left behind and of how important family can be in the darkest of times.

I honestly had no idea what this book was about when I picked it up at a blogger event. It seemed like a gorgeous cover, so I thought why not! I’m so thankful I picked it up, because it truly blew me away.

It was so much more than I could have ever expected. The characters felt so real, and I loved how honest Clarry was. Her relationship with her dad was so heartbreaking, but felt so true and raw. I also particularly loved her relationship with Rupert and seeing how this developed throughout the war.

The war was such a good setting, and I felt as if a lot of what the characters went through, had so much truth behind them. The portrayal of PTSD particularly stood out to me, and I really love ho this was incorporated into the story.

It was truly a beautifully written book, and the journey that Clarry and her family go through during such a terrible time is so heartbreaking but also inspiring at the same time.

You can buy The Skylarks’ War on Amazon UK here!

*NOTE: I was received this book in return for an honest review and that is what I have written. All opinions are my own and are completely truthful.*

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