I’m thrilled today to be taking part in this blog tour. Many thanks to the author and Rachel’s Random Resources for having me on the tour. I have a review today so read on and find out what I thought of this historical story.
Blurb: Charlotte Brookes flees her lecherous guardian, McBride, taking her younger sister with her. After a year on the road, they stumble into a Yorkshire village. There, they are taken in by the Wheelers, owners of the village shop. This new life is strange for Charlotte, but preferable to living with McBride or surviving on the roads. Harry Belmont is an important man in the village, but he’s missing something in his life. His budding friendship with Charlotte gives him hope she will feel more for him one day, and he will have the woman he needs.
However, when McBride finds out where Charlotte lives, his threats begin, and Harry takes it upon himself to keep Charlotte safe. Only, World War I erupts and Harry enlists. Left to face a world of new responsibilities, and Harry’s difficult sister, Charlotte must run the gauntlet of family disputes, McBride’s constant harassment and the possibility of the man she loves being killed.
Can Charlotte find the happiness that always seems under threat, and will Harry return home to her?
Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07GHCXQ8Y/
Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GHCXQ8Y/
My Review: This is not the first book I’ve read by this author and it certainly won’t be the last. I could barely put this book down, I went to bed one night planning on reading a few pages and ended up reading for over an hour, most unlike me. The characters in this story are very realistically written and leap off the page. I visualise while I read and, for this book, didn’t have to even try to visualise anything, it all came into my head the minute I started reading which, for me, is always the sign of a good book. It’s also a beautifully descriptive story, the village and the mine came to life quite clearly for me.
I really enjoyed watching the character development in the story, particularly Charlotte, Harry and Petra. It was really nice to experience that with them and watch as they changed over the course of the years. The story moves forward in different amounts, at one point only by a month and at another point it is by quite a few months. These leaps in time are well managed though, the date is at the beginning of the chapter and so the flow of the story is not interrupted by this but rather skipped forward so we see snippets of how the war and other issues impact on the main characters.
If you like historical fiction then this is one author I would definitely recommend trying.
About the author:
Australian born AnneMarie Brear writes historical novels and modern romances and sometimes the odd short story, too. Her passions, apart from writing, are travelling, reading, researching historical eras and looking for inspiration for her next book.
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