"December, 1940. As German bombs fall on Southampton, England, the city's residents flee to the surrounding villages. In Upton village, amid the chaos, newly-married Ellen Parr finds a girl asleep, unclaimed at the back of an empty bus. Little Pamela, it seems, is entirely alone. Ellen has always believed she does not want children, but when she takes Pamela into her home, the child cracks open the past Ellen thought she had escaped and the future she and her husband, Selwyn, had dreamed for themselves. As the war rages on, love grows where it was least expected, surprising them all. But with the end of the fighting comes the realization that Pamela was never theirs to keep ..." -- Dust jacket flap.
Families -- Fiction.
Foster mothers -- Fiction.
Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.
Southampton (England) -- Fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 -- England -- Fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Evacuation of civilians -- England -- Fiction.