The Girl From Simon's Bay by Barbara MutchThe Girl From Simon's Bay by Barbara Mutch

The Girl From Simon's Bay

byBarbara Mutch

Paperback | December 29, 2017

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1937. Simon's Town is a vibrant and diverse community in a picturesque part of the Union of South Africa. At the heart of the town is the Royal Navy port, and Louise Ahrendts, daughter of a shipbuilder, nurtures the idea that through hard work she could step beyond a destiny of domestic service. She dreams of becoming a nurse and she has the tenacity to make this dream a reality. When the Second World War breaks out and the port becomes a hub of activity, Louise's path crosses with that of Lieutenant David Horrocks. Despite the gulf in their backgrounds and the expectations facing them from family on both sides, Louise and David are determined to be together.

But as the end of the war approaches and a new troubled moment of history dawns, will they find their way back to each other?
Barbara Mutch was born and brought up in South Africa, the granddaughter of Irish immigrants. Before embarking on a writing career, she launched and managed a number of businesses both in South Africa and the UK. She is married and has two sons. For most of the year the family lives in Surrey but spends time whenever possible at their ...
Title:The Girl From Simon's BayFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 7.8 × 5.08 × 1.02 inPublished:December 29, 2017Publisher:Allison & BusbyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0749021306

ISBN - 13:9780749021306


Rated 5 out of 5 by from set in Simon's town and Capetown - very atmospheric! Amongst the many stories I’ve read about WW2, there’s not many that I can remember as being told through the eyes of two people, a man and a woman of different status in life as well as a different coulour in such a place of Simon’s Town. There are several threads to this story and the history and the emotions of the people come across loud and clear. Louise’s story builds well and then we meet Lieutenant David Horrocks as her patient, and from that moment on the story really takes off. I think the edge of this story was that it had so many facets to it, the background was the story as was the location and the people there. The forced evacuations and the shock of the people shoved out of sight were heartbreaking. The senseless state that is apartheid is really shown in all its naked stupidity. Barbara Mutch has clearly done her research and the way she describes and evokes the setting – beauty amidst such horror – is a delicate balance she does really well. This was an interesting read for me and really opened my eyes to a new part of history and a new angle of it. Simon’s Town is now on my list of interesting places to visit one day, but for now I will simply keep this book to hand and one day hope to see the preserved town that stands today.
Date published: 2017-12-15