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A Perfect Stranger

A deeply emotional, evocative and gripping account of the difficult decisions faced by women left on their own during wartime

For young couples like Ruth Madiewsky and Tom Phillips, the advent of the Second World War changes everything. So, when Tom proposes to Ruth during seven days leave, despite being only twenty, Ruth says yes. After all, who knows if they’ll ever see each other again? But after Tom goes back to the front Ruth doesn’t hear from him again.

Is he missing, presumed dead? Or has he just forgotten about her? Ruth is forced to get on with her life and finds herself enjoying attention from another. It is this temptation which threatens to alter Ruth’s life for ever, and, when, the war is finally over, she will find the battle for her own personal freedom and safety has just begun...

"The smoke from the burnt-out shell of the second-hand clothes warehouse in Shoreditch was still spiralling up in an eerie thin funnel into the balmy air of an early bright June morning. Even though the previous night’s attack had been carried out by only three enemy raiders, once again the East End had taken the brunt of the bombing, and the trail of destruction they had left behind was devastating. By the time Ruth had reached the site of the incident to deliver her message to the NFS officer in charge of the team who had fought the blaze, most of the emergency services had already gone, leaving just a few weary fire-fighters to dampen down the last few flames. After a long night trying to manoeuvre her motorcycle through streets littered with glass and rubble, she was more than ready for a cup of welcoming tea and a hot Spam roll from the nearby Fire Brigade mobile canteen. Being a firewoman dispatch rider in the middle of an air raid was quite a responsibility, especially for a girl who was barely twenty years old. But this was 1943, there was still a war on, and everyone had to do their bit."
‘Perfect reading for nostalgia fans’ East Anglian Daily Times
‘From Victor Pemberton, the much-loved author of London war sagas, comes a new tale of life after the war… It is a moving account of what happens when the young man goes off to war leaving his fiancée behind to discover life for herself.’ Extract from PRIME TIME, Bournemouth, August 2002
‘A warm, poignant story.’ Plymouth Evening Herald, November 2002