The Bakehouse

Publisher: Gecko Press

Review

When Erueti turns up on Bert's doorstep, the teenager asks his great-grandfather about the war. Then Erueti asks what actually happened in the Geronimo bakehouse in 1943, leaving Bert forced to confront his past…

At 11, Bert was too young to fight in WW2, so instead he and his teenage sister Betty started clearing a disused bakehouse, creating a hiding place in case the Japanese invaded. One day they found a shivering, coughing deserter there. Bert and Betty brought him clothes, food, and over the weeks, Betty and the deserter fell in love. But soldiers were searching for him, leaving Bert with a terrible dilemma…

History is brought alive in this poignant story of war-time, loyalty, betrayal and love.

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