Thursday, July 5, 2012

My Dear I wanted to tell you - Book Tour


The lives of two very different couples are irrevocably intertwined and forever changed in this stunning World War I epic of love and war.

From the day in 1907 that eleven-year-old Riley Purefoy meets Nadine Waveney, daughter of a well-known orchestral conductor, he takes in the difference between their two families: his, working-class; hers, "posh" and artistic. Just a few years later, romance and these differences erupt simultaneously with the war in Europe. In a fit of fury and boyish pride, Riley enlists in the army and finds himself involved in the transformative nightmare of the twentieth century.

While Riley and his commanding officer, Peter Locke, fight for their country and their survival in the trenches of Flanders, Peter's lovely and naive wife, Julia, and his cousin Rose eagerly await his return. But the sullen, distant man who arrives home on leave is not the Peter they knew. Worried that her husband is slipping away, Julia is left alone with her fears when Rose joins the nursing corps to work with a pioneering plastic surgeon treating wounded and disfigured soldiers.
Only eighteen at the outbreak of the war, Nadine and Riley want to make promises to each other—but how can they when their future is out of their hands? Youthful passion is on their side, but then their loyalty is tested by terrible injury, and even more so by the necessarily imperfect rehabilitation that follows.
Moving among Ypres, London, and Paris, this emotionally rich and evocative novel is both a powerful exploration of the lasting effects of war on those who fight—and those who don't—and a poignant testament to the power of enduring love.

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I am a huge fan of history novels and especially anything that has taken place in either World War I or World War II.  It just fascinates me.

On the other hand, I've never been a fan of books that go back and forth between two places, I often start feeling disjointed and confused, like I'm reading two different books in one and it gets a little confusing and frustrating to follow.

Thankfully that didn't happen in this book, the author was able to perfectly convey all of the different aspects of war, not just the horrors and the affects, but the romance and the love stories.

I could have done without some of the most gory details about the injuries suffered by soldiers, but I think that as a huge fan of this time period, in a way I was able to learn quite a bit about what happened to these soldiers.  Gruesome at times.

Highly recommend this one to historical fiction fans.




 Louisa Young grew up in London, England, in the house in which Peter Pan was written, and she studied modern history at Cambridge. She was a freelance journalist and has written ten books, including the Orange Prize–longlisted Baby Love. She is the co-author of the bestselling Lionboy trilogy, which has been published in thirty-six languages. She lives in London and Italy with her daughter and the composer Robert Lockhart.


Monday, July 9th: Shall Write
Tuesday, July 10th: Savvy Verse & Wit
Wednesday, July 11th: My Bookshelf
Thursday, July 12th: “That’s Swell!”
Tuesday, July 17th: The Written World
Wednesday, July 18th: The Book Garden
Thursday, July 19th: Peeking Between the Pages
Thursday, July 26th: A Bookish Affair
 

Thank you to TLC Book Tours for providing me with a review copy.



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