It's 1942, during the Second World War, and France is occupied by the German army. These are dangerous times. Sylvie Duval, 17, forms a close friendship with Jack, an injured British airman her family is sheltering. But Jack is in danger - and he must leave France for his own safety. Sylvie is faced with difficult choices as the man she loves is smuggled out of the country. This historical love story brings together both the past and a wonderful romance, in a warm and uplifting way. As part of the Promises series, this book is ideal for girls who are reluctant readers but want access to books with themes of their age range.
'No. It's not possible. Nobody could ever have lived on a hundred pounds a year! Whenever would that have been?'. A hundred pounds a year, in 1873 when this wonderful little book was first published, is the equivalent of around GBP10,000 in 2010 money. The author, whose French nom-de-plume translates as 'hope', shows us that it could be done then, just as today's 'thrift advisors' demonstrate it can be done in modern credit-crunch Britain. Espoir rents her house. She has a live-in servant. She wears bespoke clothes and shoes, made for her by a local seamstress and cobbler. And she manages to save. Importantly, Espoir is prudent but not mean. And she's charitable, giving regularly to those who are needy. Most of Espoir's thoughts and advice are still amazingly appropriate to all of our lives. We never lose the feeling that the author is opening up her financial life not for self-aggrandizing or vain reasons, but solely to offer a humble example, to inspire, and to give 'espoir' to those who need it. For the first time in 140 years, Gunpowder Press is proud to place Espoir's wonderful handbook to thrifty living before a readership which can now learn that advice about saving the pennies is a timeless art.
Proceedings of a NATO ASI held in Cape Sounion, Greece, June 24-July 5, 1995
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