Review: The Silent Stars Go By by Sally Nicholls

Title: The Silent Stars Go By

Author: Sally Nicholls

Pages: 225 Pages

Publisher: Andersen Press

The Blurb

Seventeen-year-old Margot Allan was a respectable vicar’s daughter and madly in love with her fiancé Harry. But when Harry was reported Missing in Action from the Western Front, and Margot realised she was expecting his child, there was only one solution she and her family could think of in order to keep that respectability. She gave up James, her baby son, to be adopted by her parents and brought up as her younger brother.

Now two years later the whole family is gathering at the vicarage for Christmas. It’s heartbreaking for Margot being so close to James but unable to tell him who he really is. But on top of that, Harry is also back in the village. Released from captivity in Germany and recuperated from illness, he’s come home and wants answers. Why has Margot seemingly broken off their engagement and not replied to his letters? Margot knows she owes him an explanation. But can she really tell him the truth about James?

The Review

Well this was just a gorgeous book. Sally Nicholl’s The Silent Stars Go By is a beautiful depiction of young love and societal expectations. When Margot’s fiancé Harry goes off to war she is naturally worried for his safety. However, a more immediate worry is that she is pregnant and out of wedlock.

The decisions she has to make will affect her life forever and when she learns that Harry is missing in action the right decision seems glaringly obvious. But will Margot regret the decisions that she has made?

The Silent Stars Go By is a lovely but realistic view of life in a provincial town during the wartime period. Nicholls highlights the predicament of young women and the absurdity of how young girls were treated during this period.

The Silent Stars Go By is a wonderful story and one that demands to be read in one sitting.

The Silent Stars Go By by Sally Nicholls is available now.

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