CAMDEN — Barbara Kent Lawrence, author of eight books including “Islands of Time” and “The Other Island: Ben’s Story,” has a new manuscript and wants to know what the public thinks of it. “Both Sides of the Pond: My Family’s War” is based in extensive research, but written as a novel. Now Camden Public Library has copies of the manuscript available to read and a questionnaire readers can take anonymously to “Let her know” what you think.

“Both Sides of the Pond: My Family’s War” tells the story of Lawrence’s own family through the Second World War both in Britain and the United States. Just before the war, her mother, British film star Barbara Green (stage name), was enjoying a life on the rise — regularly cast alongside the biggest names of the day, dating Joe Kennedy, Jr. and finally earning the approval of her socially ambitious mother. When war interrupted that life, she spent her 20s playing more roles than she could have imagined.

Barbara’s brother R. Kent Green joined the British Expeditionary Forces immediately after Great Britain declared war in 1939, survived Dunkirk in 1940, and served with the 1st and 6th Airborne Divisions in several theaters.

Their diverging stories are unique yet universal. “Both Sides of the Pond: My Family’s War” weaves family legend with historical fact, and offers a new perspective on the challenges of war on the home front and battlefields. Their experiences deepen our understanding of the conflicts and tensions created by war, and the possibilities of ordinary people for extraordinary love, growth and courage. So let Lawrence know what you think. She can be called at 207-992-3039 or emailed at