beyond that, the seaBeyond That, the Sea by Laura Spence-Ash (2023 fiction)

This is a tale of a young English girl who is sent to America during the Blitz in London. Beatrix is eleven years old and sails away for Boston where the Gregory family meets her. She is right between the Gregory boys in age and to her relief, they hit it off. The author tells this story through the eyes of each of the family members. Chapters are short but compelling. Observing the feelings of her family left in England—her father relieved, her mother resentful—sets the stage for later chapters in the book. Beatrix is forever changed by this experience as are her parents and the Gregory family. I can’t wait for another book from this author!

Reviewed by Robin Olivier