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The other strand to the novel is Olive’s story from the 1940’s, beginning with her marriage to surly farmer, Bill. Olive, witnessing the departure of most of the island’s young men to the war, fears that she may be left on the shelf and so accepts Bill’s proposal. She hopes that she will be gaining some freedom and a better life for herself, but she realises her mistake almost immediately and wishes she had stayed with her parents. It is in these chapters set in 1940’s Guernsey that Allen’s real skill is evident. Her depiction of life under Nazi occupation is masterful, clearly very well researched and powerful to the point of being painful in places. Allen conveys with sensitivity Olive’s desperate situation and highlights the misery and deprivation of those years when the islanders almost starved to death.
This is Anne Allen’s fifth Guernsey novel but have no fear on that score – it works perfectly as a stand-alone novel. What is really apparent is Allen’s love for Guernsey. Echoes of Time creates a wonderful impression of the island with its stunning scenery, sparkling sunlight, relaxed pace of life and friendly folk. If there were any decency in the world, Allen would be being paid by the Guernsey Tourist Board and I’ve certainly been inspired to plan a trip there.
This is a well written story with good characterisation and skilfully taut plotting. It’s the kind of read that gets you off to bed an hour early so that you can get back to the story – sheer delight.
The story is full of suspence and mystery as Natalie's new life in present time Guernsey echoes with that of Olive's in the 1940's German occupation of the island. The parrallels between their lives cause a stir of mixed emotions of anger, distress, fear and hopelessness as they each strive and yet seemingly fail to escape a life filled with overwhelmingly abusive situations.
While dealling with her own gruelling present day situation, Natalie's new life is also fraught with paranormal occurances in her new home and frightfully realistic dreams as the echoes of Olive's past life attempt to reach out to the present in a plight of desperation.
Echoes of Time is superbly written and a most excellent read.
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And I love books that give a sense of place; of an era.Read more
be right up there as #1 was.
Ms. Allen's Guernsey novels are full of suspense, family and secrets. Her latest is no exception.Read more