Heaven Tempers the Wind Book review by Jill Smith

Book Review by Jill Smith©Oct16

Title: Heaven Tempers the Wind – Story of a War Child

Author: Hazel Barker

Publisher: Armour Books


This is a memoir of a lovely lady I know through the Writers club. Hazel is a gentle soul with eyes that view the world in a positive light.

This story is a horrendous journey through a little girls’ eyes. I love how she describes her early life in Rangoon. The attack on Burma by the Japanese forces her family to escape capture.  Hazel kisses her dolls goodbye when they leave expecting to return. Her innocent belief was that they were going on holiday.  The attack on Rangoon began on the 23rd December 1941. It was four long years suffering hunger and deprivation that they existed.

Hazels’ father, mother, older sister, two older brothers,hazel-barker-profile-pic younger disabled brother and nanny leave their safe world. They begin their journey away from the bombing, by car, expecting to find shelter as they go, as her father was a British official. They soon leave the car to walk with the growing throng of refugees running from one camp to another.

United as a family. The children and wife, have the added battle of surviving an abusive alcoholic father. His Muslim belief were at odds with her mother’s Catholic grounding. Hazel adored her mother and became wary of her father.

The book ended on a hopeful note. Although now, their prisoner is their father.

I wonder how Hazel survived after seeing so much horror to become the beautiful person she is today. Her mother instilling a love of literature, reading and imagination helped her cope.

About jillsmith

I am an author of SciFi Books 'Dual Visions' and it's follow up 'Vashla's world' now retitled Book 1 and Book 2 of the Ancient Alien Series, as I've written the third in the series currently titled Travellers. I also write book reviews, articles and short stories. As a member of The Ten Penners, I've written six short stories in a collaborative our anthology for children called Fan-tas-tic-al Tales (released 2009), and nine stories including a novella in Mystery, Mayhem & Magic (released 2017). They are both available in hard copy and on Amazon as ebooks. I also contributed to 'Spooktacular Stories' a Share Your Story anthology launched in October 2019, and have another story accepted in the 2020 ‘Tell em your dreaming’ anthology to be released late 2020. I blog to showcase my work. My book reviews appear in PIO (Pass It On) and e-Writeabout. I'm a happy Grandmother to two beautiful girls, wife of the ever tolerant Clive, mother of our son Simon and mum in law to Cassie. I lead a busy life.
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3 Responses to Heaven Tempers the Wind Book review by Jill Smith

  1. Thank you for such a wonderful review, Jill. Your followers may also like to read my debut novel, ‘Chocolate Soldier. The Story of a Conchie.’ Both books are stories about World War II. ‘Heaven Tempers the Wind’ is set in Burma and ‘Chocolate Soldier’ is set in the UK, India and China.
    See: http://hazelmbarker.wixsite.com/author
    and http://hazelmbarker@wordpress.com

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