The War I Finally Won


Ada and Jamie are Susan’s wards, finally. Ada struggles to understand what this means, while Susan is now ‘Mum’ to Jamie. The only certainty in Ada’s life is Butter, her pony. Dictionaries don’t really convey nuance, tradition or belief.

The War I Finally Won‘ returns to Ada, opening with her long-overdue surgery. Her restoration from this, and to a new life, is long, hard and determined, but we readers have faith in her and Susan. However, some events, such as the arrival of Lady Thornton, and German-Jewish refugee, Ruth, are more difficult to understand and accept.

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley is a skilled storyteller and creates Ada’s world, setting and struggles truthfully. I read the book in one afternoon, compelled by Ada’s character, wanting to know what would happen.  I love ‘The War I Finally Won‘ and recommend it, and its award-winning predecessor The War that Saved my Life highly.

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley shares The War I Finally Won


The War I Finally Won

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

(Text Publishing)

The long, dark days of WWII continue. As Ada recovers from her long-awaited surgery, she deals with fears and memories, suspicions, and new housemates in ‘the iron faced lady’, Lady Thornton and Ruth, a German Jewish refugee. The sequel to ‘The War that Saved My Life‘ is a strong, stirring, stand-alone story. We recommend ‘The War I Finally Won‘ to readers aged from 9 or 10 or 11 years of age.


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