Released 1st March 2023
"A heart-warming story about the Women's Voluntary Service, the can-do women who did so much more than make endless cups of tea, but kept the country on its feet during the Second World War. As well as a fascinating insight into the history, this is a touching story of an ordinary woman's hopes and sorrows, and of the shadows cast by war."
Kate Miller, author
Using exetensive research, Zoë Jasko's debut novel Hope is Daffodil Bright weaves the historical biograhy of Lady Alice Bragg, the leader of the WVS in Cambridge with the imagined story of Jean Barnet and her family and friends in the village of Grantchester on the outskirts of Cambridge. A moving novel set on the home front.
"Having a glimpse of the history that surrounds Middle Hertfordshire through numerous stories spanning many centuries is entertaining but at the same time educational. The way in which Zoë Jasko brings history to life in each story is wonderful and to know that these are stories taking place on my own doorstep makes it more poignant."
Robert Voss CBE CStJ
HM Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire
What the Wind Saw is a collection of 25 short stories of the people, real and imagined, from a small tract of ancient land in the heart of Hertfordshire: Wheathampstead, The Ayots, Welwyn Garden City and St Albans. It is a journey through the landscape and through history.