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The Linen Queen

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The Linen Queen

Abandoned by her father and neglected by her mother, Sheila can’t wait to escape village life in Northern Ireland. Working in the local linen mill and living off the reluctant charity of relatives is well enough for her mother, but Sheila craves a place where she will get the attention and love she deserves. London may be under attack by the Germans, but it still offers far more opportunity for a clever and attractive young woman such as herself. Winning the title of Linen Queen doesn't just validate her self-confidence; the prize money provides the funds to get away. Though she's ready to leave immediately, her ma has other plans for her money and it seems her looks aren't enough to get the necessary papers to enter England in the midst of the war. Deferred but still determined, Sheila continues to look for a means of escape, and finds it in the arrival of American troops who set up base in her home town.

As the war moves steadily closer to those she has grown to love, Sheila will not only confront more abandonment and loss, but also find true strength, compassion, and a meaning for her life outside of herself.

The Linen Queen
by Patricia Falvey

  • Publication Date: March 2, 2011
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street
  • ISBN-10: 1599952009
  • ISBN-13: 9781599952000