- BookViral Readers Award Finalist - Best in Genre for WW2.
- B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree.
'for lovers of history and drama this is a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon' Bookgeeks
'It really makes you think about the relationships you have in real life and the choices you make. This story really hit home for me and gave me a lot to think about...Highly recommend' Layered Pages Blog
'a beautifully written and thought-provoking story, an imaginative and emotive way to celebrate a fascinating slice of history' Lancashire Evening Post
a genuine joy to read with an intoxicating, old-fashioned feel about it...Highly compelling historical fiction and a genuine page-turner, Past Encounters is recommended without reservation.' Book Viral
'I don't think I have read any war-time stories quite like this one... full of tension with well-drawn characters and a great sense of time and place' Books Please
'a compelling story about love and heartache and forgiveness and war' Library Educated Blog
'an enticing story of the endurance of the human spirit, the hunger for love and appreciation, and how secrets can fester and tear people away from each other...I highly recommend this to any lover of WWII history' Historical Tapestry Blog
'a brilliant exploration of the psychological effects of war and their lasting impact' FlashlightCommentary Blog
'Her writing style invited the reader into another worldthat I was totally immersed in . . . delicate and graceful' Just One MoreChapter Blog
'a tightly-focused and strong narrative that supports and explores varying themes from duty to love, and more, against the backdrop of WWII in England.' Ageless Pages Blog
From the Author
I really enjoyed the research process for Past Encounters
, a journey which got me out and about to meet some amazing people who remembered the War. This was a different experience from my usual research methods of trawling dusty archives and poring over historical biographies. My expanding waistline is testament to the fact that every interview seemed to involve tea and cake, and I became a bit of an expert on how to make a Victoria Sponge with rationed dried egg and lard instead of butter!
My other novels are set in the seventeenth century and are published by Macmillan and St Martin's Press under the name of Deborah Swift. To save confusion my more modern books are written under the pen-name Davina Blake. People who are confused about whether I am Deborah or Davina that day, just call me 'D'!
BOOKS BY DEBORAH SWIFT
The Lady's Slipper
The Gilded Lily
A Divided Inheritance
Pleasing Mr Pepys
The Highway Trilogy (for young adults)
PRAISE FOR DEBORAH SWIFT
'stellar historical fiction' Orange nominee and Langum winner Ann Weisgarber
'brilliant characterisation, scintillating dialogue and a thrilling narrative . . . a terrific historical novel.' The Review Group