When We Were Young & Brave

When We Were Young & Brave

Their motto was to be prepared, but nothing could prepare them for war. . .

The New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Came Home sets her unforgettable new novel in China during WWII, inspired by true events surrounding the Japanese Army’s internment of teachers and children from a British-run missionary school.

China, December 1941. Having left an unhappy life in England for a teaching post at a missionary school in northern China, Elspeth Kent is now anxious to return home to help the war effort. But as she prepares to leave China, a terrible twist of fate determines a different path for Elspeth, and those in her charge.

Ten-year-old Nancy Plummer has always felt safe at Chefoo School, protected by her British status. But when Japan declares war on Britain and America, Japanese forces take control of the school and the security and comforts Nancy and her friends are used to are replaced by privation, uncertainty and fear. Now the enemy, and separated from their parents, the children look to their teachers – to Miss Kent and her new Girl Guide patrol especially – to provide a sense of unity and safety.

Faced with the relentless challenges of oppression, the school community must rely on their courage, faith and friendships as they pray for liberation – but worse is to come when they are sent to a distant internment camp where even greater uncertainty and danger await . . .

Inspired by true events, When We Were Young and Brave is an unforgettable novel about impossible choices and unimaginable hardship, and the life-changing bonds formed between a young girl and her teacher in a remote corner of a terrible war.

Title:When We Were Young & Brave
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    When We Were Young & Brave Reviews

  • Dem

    Made it as far as 40% and realised this really wasn’t bringing me joy. It’s not that the book is bad by any means but it felt like a YA novel and not what I was expecting. I enjoy historical fict...

  • Karren  Sandercock

    Thanks to Edelweiss, HarperCollins and Hazel Gaynor for my copy of: When We Were Young & Brave.China 1941, the children of Chefoo missionary school are eagerly looking forward to Christmas and it’s ...

  • DeAnn

    5+ Favorite Reads of 2020 StarsThis one just made me so happy! Not because of the content, but for the feelings, I loved to connect to the characters in this one. I loved the way this book was structu...

  • Bkwmlee

    My initial reaction when I finished reading this book was one of disappointment – not because the book was bad or anything like that, but rather, I had gone into this one with certain expectations a...

  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

    Nancy Plummer was hoping to go home for Christmas, but her mother wrote she wouldn't be able to.Elspeth Kent was hoping to hand in her resignation, but wasn't able to.What kept them from their wishes ...

  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews

    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com/4.5 starsIrish Times bestselling author Hazel Gaynor returns with her new historical novel, The Bird in the Bamboo Cage. A compelling and heart rendering tale, T...

  • Morgan

    Set in China during WWII. An international school is taken over by the Japanese.I hardly read books set in China but this was a good way to see another perspective of WWII from British and Americans l...

  • Cathy

    The story alternates between two first person narrators – Nancy Plummer and Elspeth Kent – providing the reader with different perspectives on the unfolding events. After all, the thoughts and fee...

  • MicheleReader

    The Chefoo School, in Northern China, is home to privileged British and American children of missionaries and diplomats. In 1941, Nancy Plummer (“Plum”) and her brother are students there and teac...

  • Kathryn in FL

    Fabulous Historical Novel set within a Japanese Prison Internment Camp during World War II This story is focused upon three female students and their two female teachers in a coming of age story durin...