The War of the Peek Freans Light Wounded

A Short Story Set at the Start of the Second World War

Cover of War of the Peek Freans Light WoundedIn 1939, when her deaf father loses his job in an English toy soldier factory, young Violet Palmer fears the outcome for the rest of her family – her socially ambitious mother Irene and her flirtatious elder sister Doreen.Violet consoles herself playing with misshapen toy soldiers rejected by the factory and stored in an old Peek Freans biscuit tin, until war is declared and she begins to fear the worst.

A heartwarming story of family values and relationships shining through in adversity, particularly celebrating the special bond between fathers and daughters.

The first short story of Debbie Young’s ever to be published, originally featured in “Annabel” magazine decades ago, now being reissued for the enjoyment of her present day readers.

This edition published August 2015 as a single short story ebook
Available on all the major digital platforms at 99p/99c


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2) A BEAUTIFUL BLAST FROM THE PAST – C J Browne (26 November 2015 on Amazon UK)

I loved this story. Even though I grew up in the 1950’s not 40’s it resonated with me and felt familiar in a reassuring way. It is lovingly told and heart warming. Why is it we no longer see real toy soldiers just images fighting on TV and computer screens? This is a first story to be proud of and I’m looking forward to reading more from Debbie Young.

1) A FUN AND CLEVER TALE WITH WONDERFUL STORYTELLING – Shay Tressa DeSimone (19 September 2015)

I loved this story. 🙂 Though it’s set near the beginning of World War II, there’s no fighting or any of the death/grimness I often associate with wartime novels; instead, it offers a keen look into the dynamics of one British family from the eyes of a young girl. Debbie writes beautifully, and this resurrected tale (it was originally published decades ago in a magazine) is characterized by the same wonderful storytelling found in her more recent writing. The four main characters are very well developed, and their interesting quirks bring them to life — I found myself empathizing with Violet, rooting for her dad, and rolling my eyes over her mother’s and sister’s narcissistic tendencies (let’s face it, we’ve all known people who think only of themselves when faced with adversity). Yet in spite of all the family drama, the tale ends with a very satisfying conclusion. Treat yourself to this charming story — I promise you won’t regret it!