A Parachute in the Lime Tree by Annemarie Neary
Love and Loss Between the Blitz and the Dublin Bombings

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April 1941. German bombers are in the air, about to attack Belfast. Oskar is a Luftwaffe conscript whose sweetheart, Elsa, was forced to flee Berlin for Ireland two years before. War-weary, he longs for escape. In remote Dunkerin, Kitty awakes to find a parachute trapped in one of the lime trees. When she discovers Oskar, injured and foraging for food in her kitchen, he becomes a rare and exciting secret. But Ireland during the Emergency is an uneasy place, and word of the parachute soon spreads. Meanwhile, Elsa is haunted by the plight of the parents she left behind. With the threat of Nazi invasion, she feels far from secure.A chance encounter with Elsa, and Charlie, a young medical student, finds himself falling in love. Oskar, Kitty, Elsa, Charlie. Their lives intertwine in a climate of war, exile, and ever-uncertain neutrality.

About Annemarie Neary

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Annemarie Neary is the winner of several prizes for fiction, including the Columbia Journal fiction prize.
Published November 30, 2011 by The History Press Ireland. 240 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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I'm surprised that there should be such things as lime trees in Ireland, but that is really the only surprising thing about Neary's tale of love and betrayal during the Second World War.

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