A timely reminder of how primitive maternal medicine was in the 1940s – and how costly before the NHS, and thus we have the reluctance to seek medical help even when clearly necessary.
I loved the fact that both sides – the Yorkshire people and the Londoners – thought that the other was speaking a foreign language. Such broad dialects have now largely disappeared and you rarely hear a true Cockney, let alone broad Yorkshire with its old English/Viking words being used.
Funnily enough, I have just read an article suggesting that there are some good words in English we can use that have gone out of fashion – and another suggesting that we can br broaden our language by using some foreign words that have meanings in one word that take us several to try and describe! However, some of these words are very difficult to pronounce eg those from the Inuit language!
One thing that I hadn’t realised about WW2 was that the Govt had suggested – firmly – that all pets be euthanized, to save food of course.
I felt that the childrens’ behaviour as described was very believable, and overall found this a heart-warming, cosy story with a good possibility of follow-up books. After all, who wouldn’t want to know what happens about the abusive but absent husband and the doctor’s romance…