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Noel Bostock is living with his godmother when the second world war is starting. She is suffering from Alzheimer. When she passes he is put with someone related to Mattie but they send him away as an evacuee. He ends up living with Vera Sedge, her son and her mother. Vera is always considering how to make more money and when Noel and Vee find a way to combine his brain with her eagerness an interesting friendship is born.
This was a fun read. There are a lot of sad things in this book. Noel being an orphan already living with his godmother. The Alzheimer and more loss for such a young kid but both Vee and Noel have a specific way to look at the world making it much smaller including the problems.
Noel is an easy to love character. He is awfully smart and outsider among his peers. It is clear Mattie found it important that he could think for himself and she educated him well in all this worldly things. Still he is a young boy placing the things happening in a different way than adults might end up doing. This made for a lot of emotional parts when it came to his story.
At the start you are inclined to dislike Vee and her motives. Quickly though it becomes clear that there is a good heart in the woman somewhere trying to make something out of her situation. Still she is never able to let go of her schemes completely making for some awkward and funny situations.