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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.

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  • 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: #951,734 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a cleverly written story which I found hard to put down. The characters are all strong and engaging.
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!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read. December 4, 2013
By Brian
Format:Kindle Edition
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Sarah
Format:Kindle Edition
I was completely drawn into the lives of these characters as they became entangled with each others destinies. Jed and Alice's desire to better themselves in the aftermath of war seemed completely plausible, but the arrival of Jack with his warped agenda is a wonderful catalyst for the turmoil that follows. Jed's humiliation and betrayal is heart wrenching but then as the novel unfolds, his destiny is slowly revealed.The novel felt `big' - set in the rural landscape of East Anglia spanning two world wars. I loved the chapter where Evie meets and looses her American lovers and I thought the novel is really at its best when Peter returns from capture in the Far East - an unrecognisable man. I felt I had lost a good friend when I finished reading. Certainly recommended.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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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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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