- File Size: 852 KB
- Print Length: 252 pages
- Publisher: Omnific Publishing (August 24, 2015)
- Publication Date: August 24, 2015
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ZPMWPGU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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The story follows Eleanor Martin as she flees England for France, signing up as a VAD nurse in the First World War. When the ship she is travelling on gets torpedoed, she finds herself saving the life of Dirk Loreson, an American journalist. Her life changes from this moment on.
Margaret K Johnson has clearly done her research in order to be able to write such amazing scenes. The atmosphere and settings are so clear and excellently described. When the ship was torpedoed, you felt the desperation and fright of the passengers. When Dirk’s life hung in the balance, you pleaded for him to survive, and when Eleanor faced difficult times, you willed her to carry on.
The injuries and deaths that soldiers suffered were so real and clear in the mind’s eye. Johnson draws you in emotionally with such good writing that you feel you are with Eleanor as she takes this amazing journey in order to escape her past.
We get snippets and a huge sense of foreboding about Eleanor’s past through her nightmares. She eventually goes full circle in the story and gains enough strength and courage to face her fears and confront what has gone before. We then understand and empathise with Eleanor as to why she lied to Kit about her family at the very start of the story.
The characters are all so different. Eleanor is shy, fragile, and at first a little cold, but when reading further, you warm to her and it continues throughout. Her best friend Kit, who she meets at the train station on the way to France, is free spirited and more lively. The contrast between the two characters compliments their growing friendship and they form a close bond.
Dirk is a true gentleman and falls in love with Eleanor. He has a great passion for his job, wanting the truth to be told about those lives on the battlefields and what they endure. At the opposite end of the scale you have Leo, a strong evil character who stops at nothing to get what he wants – including Eleanor. He is an artist and doesn’t care who gets in his way or who he harms in order to find inspiration for his paintings. He hurts many people along his journey in the most shocking of ways, and without giving too much away, there is retribution for his character.
I missed Kit when she left for England mid-way through the book and I wondered if the story would falter slightly, but Eleanor’s story continued and became stronger, and I was drawn in.
There is one particular moment that gripped me so much, I gasped and yelled ‘nooooo’ when I sensed what was about to happen after Dirk came to find Eleanor. My hand flew to my mouth and I found I was shaking my head wishing Dirk hadn’t seen what he mistakenly witnessed. I also felt even more loathing towards Leo as that part of the story unfolded.
The story grabbed my complete attention from the first page and I found it difficult to put down. I simply loved it and would highly recommend reading it. If you’re a fan of historical fiction, or even romance, give this book a read.
Reviewed by Jodie at www.whisperingstories.com
In fact, I enjoyed all the characters, especially Kit, who provided a wonderful balance to Eleanor's seriousness, the lovely Dirk, and the evil Leo. All were well drawn with intriguing histories and different ways of reacting to events as they arose.
And right from the start of this book, there's a hint of something dark and intriguing in Eleanor's background.
Altogether, a well researched novel and a great read, difficult to put down towards the end.
This is a well researched historical novel.