These two charming stories take us on a roller coaster of intense emotion. Love, loss, friendship and hard work are all examined within these beautifully crafted tales. The first and second World Wars form a dramatic backdrop as our main protagonists' lives are irrevocably altered by the violent world that surrounds them. Through sensitive language, hardship and pain are tackled head on in these intense stories. Martin transports us to a different world where strong characters struggle through difficult times to emerge triumphant and content with the lot that life has thrown them.