The Faithful by Juliet West
Summer 1935, Oswald Mosley and his Blackshirts arrive in Bognor, amoungst those attending are Tom and his parents fresh of the coach from London to attend a camp.
16 year old Hazel, about to experience a dull summer at home, her father ‘away’ in Paris and her mother more interested in her lover than her daughter, sets of for town and walks straight into a passing Blackshirts March.
Through this encounter she meets Lucia, upper class, glamorous and passionate about the cause. The meeting is about to throw Hazels life into turmoil.
I really enjoyed this story, got caught up into it straight away and was given a great feel for the characters. I liked the journey through this part of history but always keeping to the fictional story. The descriptions of the two very different lives and those experiences each character had were well written.
Will look out for more from this author.