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The Guest Who Stayed [Kindle Edition]

Roger Penfound
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Book Description

In the gloom and austerity of post First World War Britain, three young people are brought together in a sleepy English market town – each with a burning ambition to break away from the shame and deprivation that has beset their youth. The arrival of a war damaged veteran in their midst challenges their idealistic hopes for the future, unleashing passion, deceit and betrayal into their nascent lives. Years later the repercussions of this tragedy return to haunt the next generation. Against a backdrop of a new world war, one couple’s search for romance and love is cruelly threatened when a crime hidden for many years is finally brought to the surface exposing the fragile relationships within a family that harbours a terrible secret. This is a family saga set against the backdrop of a world in turmoil where traditional values are turned upside down by the emergence of a new order.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1055 KB
  • Print Length: 303 pages
  • Publisher: Performance Media Ltd (January 28, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009H51ZVC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,449,563 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read. December 4, 2013
By Brian
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This is a terrific and very compelling book. I did nothing for two days but read it.
It is a family story, with many twists, spanning time from early to mid twentieth Century. The flat but fertile Norfolk countryside is the setting in which the hardships of simple working folk are made worse by one particularly extreme Christian culture and by both world wars. It is a story of struggle, acceptance of the inevitable and making do with the hand that’s given without ever losing hope. The brush with the Brethren in this book reminded me of Robbie Burns (very famous Scottish poet) having to “stand in the kirk” for his sin of fornication.
The characters are drawn very strongly by the telling of short stories at the start of the book. As I was drawn in I felt I already knew a great deal about each one and perhaps this was partly the reason I became so involved in the story.
The book also describes situations and behaviour that few of us have had to deal with. The intrigue, the hierarchies, the hypocrisy and the corruption of the early twentieth century all combine to affect the behaviours of the characters such that the reader (me at least) feel that they have a very strong grasp and understanding of the times.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Guest Who Stayed October 8, 2013
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The Guest Who Stayed
Mr. Penfound's `The Guest Who Stayed' has some of the common errors one might expect of a first novel, and they do interfere with the pace, but only slightly. If you enjoy a story that keeps you turning pages as one issue after another leads through unimaginable twists and turns then you should enjoy `The Guest Who Stayed'.
Set in a small post WW I English village the story entwines the lives of a three teenage youths and that of a wealthy war veteran with only three years to live. It is the story of uncertainty, ambitions, friendships, rape, fear, love, and a horrible secret that must one day come to light.
It merges you into a social and financial culture of a poor and illiterate community struggling in a post war economy. The characters are real, the plot complex, and the ending might best be described as a closure. I found it a book well worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Will definitely read from this author again November 21, 2014
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Good book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Talented author July 28, 2014
By LadyMMO
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Not a run of the mill 'romance book' but one that had some depth to it .Good book, good author
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More About the Author

Roger Penfound spent over twenty five years in TV and the media industry before taking up the pen.
The Guest Who Stayed is his first novel, soon to be followed by his second entitled 'The Voice Within.'
Both novels draw on the experiences of people pitched into complex situations which are outside of their control yet which shape their lives in unexpected ways. Expect lots of turmoil, twists and a liberal sprinkling of sex.
When not writing, Roger roams the woods and bye ways near his home in Buckinghamshire with his dog in search of new ideas and inspiration.

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