The Gingerbread Girl by Sheila New berry. Published by Bonnier

In 1936, 7 year old Cora is recovering from an illness in the hospital when her mother, Biddy, comes to visit, leaving the little girl a gingerbread man. Little does Cora know she will never see her mother again. As she recuperates in the country, Cora and her little sister get word that their mother is dead. They are taken in by her mother’s friend Eliza, who brings the girls back to London. Life is pleasant, if not exciting for the two little girls under Eliza’s care. Then one day, their long lost father shows up. With the world on the brink of war and her day to day life teetering yet again on the brink of change, Cora finds herself confused and afraid. It’s not until she’s older and finds herself falling for a man just like her father that Cora wonders if she is doomed to repeat her mother’s mistakes.  This is an engrossing historical family novel about change, loss and recovery

 

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