- File Size: 1181 KB
- Print Length: 414 pages
- Publisher: Performance Media Ltd (January 28, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 28, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009H51ZVC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #807,526 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
The book begins by giving a brief outline of their lives/situations and then brings them together using twists and turns which are sometimes very unexpected. I believe it is based on a true story and the author seems to be able to write from both a male and female perspective. I'm looking forward to a sequel!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A well written story with very good characters. The story pulled me right in from the beginning and didn't let me go until I finished. Read morePublished 4 months ago by kat
The people in this somewhat true story come to life in an isolated British village. Among many other things, this unusual love story showed me how history does regrettably repeat... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Joan Cole
I enjoyed this book. There are many strands to the story, which are well developed as the story progresses and the way they come together in the second part is clever and held my... Read morePublished 7 months ago by liz
A complex tale of family intrigue and machinations across the decades. A lot of threads throughout the book which encourage the reader to turn the page to see what happens next. Read morePublished 9 months ago by oldgreysurfer