A war-time romance penned by a Dorchester writer has been published.

Stronghold of Happiness by Devina Symes from Lower Came charts the traumatic challenges faced by a family during the Second World War.

It is inspired by her father, Leslie, who served in the RAF.

Interwoven within the love story, which is set in southern England in the Second World War, is a captivating insight into the lives of all the characters involved, revealing their fortitude, wisdom and humour, along with a unique perspective of life during that period.

It is 'a celebration of love, family and friendship', publishers say.

Devina, who has written books on a number of subjects including Corfe Castle and squirrels, said: “I have weaved a story around some key facts from World War Two.

Stronghold of Happiness by Devina Symes is published by Tim Saunders Publications and is available online and in all good bookshops.

For more information visit the website tsaunderspubs.weebly.com