Wednesday, 28 June 2017
Spring 1935. Two girls meet by chance on Hampstead Heath. To an outsider, they could not appear more different. Verity is well-mannered and smartly dressed, living with her parents in a beautiful house close to the heath. Ruby is dishevelled and grubby, used to a life of squalor where she is forced to steal to survive. Yet there's an instant affinity between them, and when their fortunes are shockingly reversed, it is the strength of their friendship that keeps them resilient to the challenges and hardships they face.
As Britain prepares for war, Ruby finds herself in Devon with the world at her feet and enjoying her first taste of romance. Meanwhile, hundreds of miles away, Verity is forced to leave behind everything she has ever known and a shadow from the past threatens her chances of a new beginning. But through it all, the girls are always there for each other. Until the day Verity does the one thing that will break Ruby's heart.
In a country torn apart by fighting, will Verity and Ruby survive long enough to find a way back to each other? Or do some betrayals go with you to the grave . . .?
What I thought:
If you love drama, then you're in for a treat with this book.
From the moment they first met, Ruby and Verity formed a special bond. With nothing in common but a desire to befriend each other, neither girl could have possibly imagined how each of their lives would be turned upside down. The story follows the girls as they face the challenges that lay ahead.
Ruby has a really sad life but she's given a lifeline when she's taken in by a widowed carer, Wilby and she begins her new life in Babbacombe, Devon. On the other hand, Verity seemingly has it all, until one day when it is all taken away and she begins her new life living with her grumpy maiden aunt and her mother who refuses to accept her new position.
Through it all, the girls stay in touch, as chapter after chapter brings love and heartache, secrets and sorrow, lies and deceit. Then when the country goes to war, bombs are a constant threat, but it's hurt and betrayal that ultimately threatens their friendship.
Dead To Me is a truly gripping read, but it's also a tale of true friendship. I absolutely loved it.