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    Margaret Mayhew(Author)

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I STILL REMEMBER THE YANKS, ALMOST MORE THAN I DO THE WAR’A Suffolk woman.It was August 1943 – and the inhabitants of King’s Thorpe had lived with the idea of invasion for some time – but by the Germans, not the Americans.The village had never seen anything like them before – certainly they were different with their wealth, their glamour, and their louche but romantic uniforms.Some of the older villagers, like the Brigadier, resented them on sight, others welcomed them with weak tea and fish paste sandwiches.But in some lives they were to make a long-lasting and emotional impact – most especially young Sally Barnet from the bakery, Agnes Dawe, the Rector’s daughter, and newly-widowed Lady Beauchamp from the Manor.

The Yanks invade a small Northamptonshire village in the Second World War. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • PDF | 352 pages
  • Margaret Mayhew(Author)
  • Thomas Dunne Books; 1 edition (Feb. 2002)
  • English
  • 10
  • Fiction

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  • By milliemumof7 on 8 May 2010

    The front of the book almost says it all and at the same time not. This book is predictable and reminds me of an old TV series called "Till We Meet Again". It is in a way like a history book and could be a really nice introduction for a teenager that knows nothing about WWII and what it was like when the Yanks arrived to a war fatigued Britain.It is 1943 and the little village King's Thorpe has so far been spared enemy bombings and yanks but of course have suffered through years of food and clothing rations and loosing the young men to different services. The novel lets us follow a few of the villagers. The vicar's daughter Agnes, that foolishly got engaged to a not so nice British man from the village in 1941. Lady Beauchamp, a young widow since Dunkirk, who has had to flee London with her little son, to live with her mother-in-law, at the family country estate. Miss Cutteridge, who has lived alone ever since her fiancée died in the Boer War. Little Tom, who desperately understands how poor they are and how much his mother struggles to keep them all alive and is trying to shoulder the burden of support in his own ways. And then there is the baker's strictly watched daughter Sally that has bleached her hair and is only 15 but looks like 18.When it is announced that the Yanks are coming to take over the old RAF aerodrome, there are grumblings throughout the village. They are not welcome. Villagers fear that there will be nothing but trouble. And trouble is what arrives. The clashes are many. After all the yanks that arrive are just young "boys" and will behave as such. Many attempts are made to make peace between the two allies. Dances, socials...We get to follow Lieutenant Ed Mochetti, Fighter Pilot, who finally manages to charm Agnes after completely charming her father, her kindergarten children, Tom and Tom's mother who finds a way to make a living by washing for the yanks. We also get to follow Sergeant Chester who falls for Sally only to have his heart broken when he asks her to marry him, thinking she is indeed 18 like she has told him. We get to follow Colonel Schrader that can not resist young Lady Beauchamp even though he has a wife and daughter in the US. And we get to follow Joe Bilsky, that becomes like a son to lonely Miss Cutteridge.The title Our Yanks refers to what the little kindergarten children starts calling Ed Mochetti and later all the soldiers. It's a bittersweet story and I loved it. My only complaint is that it didn't last longer and that we only get to follow them till about January 1945 and I would have liked to have had a proper ending, closure of the war and who survives etc.

  • By M. Hibbard on 21 April 2003

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book! This is the second story by Ms. Mayhew that I've recently read, (Bluebirds was the first) and I found it to be a terrific story of life in WWII.It's amazing how the author can make us feel as if we know the characters!I have just been intoduced to Ms. Mayhew's work, and look forward to reading more! Thanks to Amazon for providing us "Yanks" with these wonderful English authors who aren't available here in the States.I highly recommend this author if you enjoy books which help us understand what it must have been like to live in England during WWII. Thank you Ms. Mayhew!!!

  • By M. E. Newell on 4 October 2001

    If you are a fan of books set during World War 2, then Margaret Mayhew is the writer for you. Our Yanks, tells how the United States Air Force coming to a small British town,changes the lives all of its residents forever. Another great from Ms. Mayhew


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