In 1940, Beatrice Sims, a spoiled English girl arrives in Santa Fe to escape the war in London. First accused of being stuck up, Beatrice learns to change tires, ride wild ponies and helps the public health nurse, Clementine Pope, rescue a sick baby on an Indian pueblo.
True Brit was inspired by accounts of children who were sent to Santa Fe and elsewhere in the United States to escape the war in Europe.
A sequel entitled Beatrice is coming out in 2019.
Winner 2013 New Mexico Book Award for Historic Fiction, Silver Nautilus Award and Mom’s Choice Award
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“Beatrice: 1940 achieves what a historical novel should achieve. It informs and entertains and the two elements combine to make the learning lasting.”