May's Boys: the story

A boy wants a mother, a woman wants a son…

May’s Boys opens in 1944. May Sheppard is preparing herself to visit war-ravaged Southampton the following day in search of her evacuee’s mother. May and eleven-year-old Cliff want to make their relationship formal by adoption, but will May be able to trace Cliff’s mother, Lynette? And will Lynette agree to let the son she hasn’t contacted in five years stay in the home he loves?
The story is set in the fictional Dorset village of Crompton Parva where the residents are facing up to the deprivations of war but many refuse to welcome outsiders into their lives.
The end of war in Europe is celebrated with a VE Day street party, but what will the new freedom mean for May and Cliff?

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