Book 1 - "All for Overalls"
“Just because you’re out of the way, doesn’t mean you’re not in the middle of it!”
The Salvaged Summer Trilogy follow the events in a small English village from receiving news of the rescue from Dunkirk; through the Summer of 1940 and the Battle of Britain, to the London Blitz and Winter; then into 1941 with the arrival of the Americans, through to December with the news from Pearl Harbour.
A scrawny 14-year old errand boy called Gertie (real name Gerald, but who wants to be called 'Gerry' at the start of the Second World War!), is spurred into action. For a lanky lad with borrowed specs, smelly feet, awkward elbows and big ears, who liked to keep things simple, perhaps Gertie wasn't the most obvious choice as a go-between. But when it came to bringing 'useful errands' to solve unexpected problems, Gertie is brilliant.
As the local residents adapt to wartime-ways, the old village and the new RAF hospital have plenty of characters and best-intentions between them, but country wisdom and military efficiency doesn't always rub along smoothly!