When the Sky Fell Apart by Caroline Lea
Commercial fiction based on real historical events.
The Channel Islands were the only British territories to be occupied during the WW2. Left undefended by the English, Hitler's troops spent five years transforming the island into an impregnable fortress. With one German soldier for every four islanders, fear became a part of everyday life, as did the very real threat of death by starvation.
Part historical novel and part love story, Caroline Lea's debut tells the story of four islanders lives during this terrible time.Each character grapples with moral and ethical dilemmas during the occupation: when does cooperation become collaboration? And at what point does risking one's life to escape become the only option?
The author was born in Jersey, and grew up with these stories of the Occupation and its long shadow.