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From There to Here: War, Peace, Pandemic - A Memoir by Romy Wyllie is an insightful, touching journey from the author's childhood in World War II England to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Like most people, Wyllie sought to fill her time during quarantine, and the result is this compelling account. One important aspect is the way she draws parallels between the rules and regulations of Britain during wartime and the lockdowns of coronavirus. Her childhood of boarding schools, then university, marriages, and travels are fascinating, and her story of Andrew, a son born with Down Syndrome, will touch the heart.
History can give us lessons, but sometimes the best lessons of history are told by the people who lived it, like Wyllie. In rich detail that immerses you in that earlier time and place, she shows what it was like to live during WWII and the events of her life that came after. This book is a treasure, and we can learn so much about ourselves by reading about the lives of others. The photographs lend authenticity and a personal touch to the narrative, making for a strong connection with the author. I like how the book is part travelogue, including her reflections and experiences of her travels and those she interacted with. From mansions to social life, she covers a myriad of "postcard" experiences. Her observations on life, the world, and people are interesting, and you get a feel for her clever sense of humor. If you are up for a whirlwind of information, insight, and entertainment that marries the past to the present, look no further than From There to Here by Romy Wyllie.