REVIEW: Last Train Home by Davina Blake
Level crossing-keeper Maisie Harris can only look forward to a lonely Christmas, stuck in her signal box, as the trains take other people home to their families and friends. But this Christmas she is in for a surprise…
Ideal for your coffee break or commute, this is a heart-warming romantic short story (15 minutes, 20 pages) set in 1945 at the end of World War Two.
Dear Ms. Blake,
This one might be short but it’s sweet and heartfelt. It tells a little nugget of a story with spare words that still manage to set the stage, shade the characters with individuality, start a romance and give me a snapshot of life in England just after the war has ended.
Maisie has worked as a crossing keeper for the railroad during the war when the men have been away fighting. She does get lonely, all on her own, but still her mum’s advice that she needs to get out more and find a young man now that the war is over makes Maisie shake her head. She’s the shy type anyway and besides, all the men who have survived the war are probably already spoken for.
But when a small group of passengers arrive at her cottage after the train gets stuck in a snowdrift, Maisie might just find the young man for her.
Yes, this one is short but it’s the perfect length to tell the story and I enjoyed meeting Maisie and getting a glimpse of that time and her world. B