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Publisher's Summary

A new Second World War novel from best-selling author Diney Costeloe, based on a gripping and moving true story.

Plymouth, 1941. As sirens blare all around, the Shawbrook family take refuge in a packed shelter. Bombs have already begun to fall through the night sky when they realise their infant son, Freddie, has been forgotten in the rush, left to sleep in his crib. Terrified, Vera, his young mother, races to find him and bring him to safety.

The next morning, air raid warden David Shawbrook returns from his watch to find the shelter pulverised, and his family seemingly all dead. Dirty footprints inside their home betray the looters who have rifled through the house.

Meanwhile, Maggie waits alone for her husband. Since the death of her infant son, she passes her days at home with neither joy nor aim. But not this morning. For this morning her husband has brought home a child, found abandoned in the aftermath of the terrible raid - a child she is sure is the one she held in her arms so many months before.

©2021 Diney Costeloe (P)2021 W F Howes

Critic Reviews

"Truly captivating." (Woman & Home)

"This is a truly captivating [listen] that brings together vibrant characters and a historical setting." (Woman's Own)

"A gripping saga." (My Weekly)

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  • Linda jauncey
  • 10-05-21

Great book!

I loved this book and was very sorry when It had finished it. It was very well narrated and an excellent story.

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  • Christineb
  • 09-22-21

Boring Predictable Story

Not very entertaining Story was so underwhelming Characters where either good or bad Very boring

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  • Kirstine
  • 05-02-22

Gripping story

I enjoyed this gripping story that kept me listening keen to find out what happened next as the police follow in the trail of an abducted baby. A story full of characters that one comes to care about and hope that things turn out better for them as they struggle with the devastation of war-time bombing and fears over loved ones serving in the armed forces. A reminder of what people had to put up with.
The narrator is excellent as she brings the characters to life with a variety of voices and accents.

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  • V_Nerdbooks
  • 02-23-22

the stolen baby

what a brilliant story .Well read .Hope to read some more of here story's

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  • Kat
  • 09-20-21

Excellent!

Thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Diney Costeloe never fails to deliver. I’ve loved all the books of hers I’ve listened to. Thanks audible!

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  • Linda W
  • 05-24-22

Good long read

A good story and well read. The characters are very likeable and although predictable, keeps you interested until the end.

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  • Julie
  • 05-15-22

What an amazing story

Such a good take on what was based on a true story. A really good portrayal of the war, obviously from what I have read & stories I heard from older past relatives. Read really well also.

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  • Sigrin
  • 05-15-22

Stolen hours


Rather long winded, predictable storyline, however it did deliver a fairly nice feel good story which I am sure many will enjoy.

I personally prefer some of Diney Costeloes other books The throwaway children and The girl with no name are far better.

Great narration by Georgia McGuire

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  • Sharon Wolf
  • 05-01-22

Quite intriguing!

I enjoyed the story although it was a little drawn out, also you don’t need to pat a baby’s back to wind it at age 9 months. Well narrated too.

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  • Mrs Cashmore
  • 02-23-22

great story well read.

I love this book it got me hooked to the point where I find it hard to put down. it was very easy to listen to and I could just imagine it happening.

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  • Dawn Winter
  • 05-17-22

A lovely soft story

Not too unexpected but an enjoyable read anyway. Set in England during wwii. Good narrator.

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  • MerrilyW
  • 10-04-21

more if a long short story than a great read

the story got there in the end but it wasn't a startlingly great read. this was not a book that I couldn't put down. but I was happy to read until the end. narrator very versatile and did well.