“Land Girls: The Promise” by Roland Moore is a story about Land Girls who served in England during WWII. They worked for farmers, putting in crops, harvesting and in general taking the places of young men off to war. Sometimes these girls were sent to farms where they enjoyed good food, camaraderie, and provide a service to their country at the same time. Even though it was not the army, desertion was not an option.
Iris Dawson is seventeen and a Land Girl at Pasture Farm. She is illiterate and is being tutored by the gamekeeper, Frank. When the murder of a farmer’s son is discovered, Frank is the number one suspect. There was bad blood between Frank and the murdered man, Walter Story. Walter was a bully and not very well liked by the townspeople. His father was a brute and also not trusted by most. When Frank is taken into custody, Iris tries to prove his innocence. She stumbles upon evidence that proved that Frank was not guilty. However, the true murderer knows that she knows and vows to have revenge.
The rest of the story focuses on what effect this has on Iris. She is continually looking over her shoulder, has nightmares, begins drinking and almost loses her position as a Land Girl. She is sent to another farm where things are not as nice as on the previous farm. She runs away and comes face to face with her worst nightmare.
I feel that this story is about a young girl who is forced to grow up quickly. She possesses a strong will and the fortitude to fight for what is right. I think that this is what happened to many young people during this time in history and I find it interesting to read about different services that were utilized during the war.