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The Lives She Left Behind [Kindle Edition]

James Long
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In a Somerset village, a teenage boy confronts a teacher with a story he should know nothing about. The boy's impossible knowledge uncovers memories Michael Martin has done his utmost to forget - and soon propels him into danger.

As Martin confronts his past once more, three girls arrive in the village of Pen Selwood, one of them drawn by an ancient instinct to find a man called Ferney.

Her actions reignite a love story, an instinct that cannot be broken, irrespective of the hurt and danger it brings to those around them...

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'engaging time-slip love story ... Definitely one for fans of The Time Traveller's Wife' The Bookseller.

'Romantic, heart-breaking and gripping, this is a worthy successor to satisfy the many fans of the original' Woman's Weekly.

'an engrossing well-written novel with some excellent characters and gripping moments' Choice.

'It is a haunting thought-provoking story ... an excellent read' New Books.

Book Description

The long-awaited sequel to the magical Ferney.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1883 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (27 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089XJTXY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,696 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Warm Welcome back to Gally and Ferney 25 Sept. 2012
I read 'Ferney' a couple of years ago and the story, the setting, its premise, the characters and the idea of two souls spending every lifetime finding their soul 'mate' stayed with me. I couldn't forget how Gally and Ferney found and loved each other, then lost and loved and found again in their never-ending existences.

So, I was thrilled to find that a sequel had been published 'The Lives She Left Behind' and completely devoured it within a matter of days.

What I enjoyed about the sequel was the fact that it could have been read as a stand-alone as the back story from 'Ferney' is delivered and cleverly woven into the fabric.

Having spent a good few years of my own life in the West Counrty I absolutely loved the scenes James Long describes and at every historical event, I was transported back with Gally and Ferney as they witnessed so many landmarks of our green and (not always so) pleasant land.

I would URGE everybody to read these books. I can't tell you how much joy they gave me to read. I often pass 'Ferney' around to my friends and now I shall do the same with 'The Lives She Left Behind'. Brilliant.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it... 15 Oct. 2012
By jaffareadstoo TOP 500 REVIEWER
In The Lives She Left Behind, James Long has continued the story he began in Ferney and has brought up to date the story of star crossed lovers who transcend time. This sequel cleverly interweaves a modern day love story with the memory of past lives, whilst at the same time ties up the loose ends which were left hanging at the end of Ferney.
This sequel works on all levels, the narrative flows well and the energy of the story in reuniting Ferney and Gally seems more focused and purposeful. The pain of their togetherness is palpable and all consuming, and yet there is almost a sense of homecoming in this conclusion, which is made all the more poignant by the effect their relationship has on those around them. The use of cleverly constructed peripheral characters helps to move the story along, so that it becomes more of an observation about the consequences of relationships rather than a history lesson.
Whilst it is possible to read this book with no prior knowledge of Ferney, the author does an admirable job of explaining the whys and wherefores, in my opinion it is better to enjoy the story from the beginning. This sequel always needed to be written as the ending to Ferney left many questions unanswered, but now, for me, there is a real sense of completeness, as all the pieces of the puzzle finally slip into place.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally Mr. Long! 4 Oct. 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I had waited so long to read this sequel to Ferney and now, having finished it, I realise we had to wait in order for the time lines to work.

I was delighted to find that this book has characters from one of James Long's other books, Silence and Sorrows, (which I loved too) and Bobby is also mentioned, but of course the characters I wanted to be reacquainted with were Gally and Ferney.

In The Lives She Left Behind, I think it was Ferney who said he knew little about the history as is documented in history books, his is the history of the people who lived through those times, who knew little of far off wars and Kings and Queens, but what happened in their own corner of the country. I absolutely love the history parts of both books - I find it fascinating to imagine how life would have been then and James Long paints the pictures perfectly. I still find myself thinking how astonishing it much have been and how life changing when clocks were erected and time began to be measured and how the loudest man-made sounds were from the black smith's hammer.

I can't say much more for fear of spoiling it but if you loved Ferney you won't be disappointed.

Thank you Mr Long - I loved it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow start, but a great finish. 21 Dec. 2012
By msk
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I first read Ferney about 5 years ago and so this was an eagerly awaited sequel. I had no idea of the direction Long would take, and when I heard the title I thought perhaps it was actually going to be a kind of prequel. It isn't and I'm very glad of that. Without spoiling anything, for me the ending is appropriate, and in its own way satisfying, if a little neat. However I did find the preamble before we get to the meat of the story - the background to the three girls, the archaeological dig that never happened, and therefore was left with no other function than to bring Mike, Gally and Ferney into the same geographic area, was too long for my taste. I also found the characterisation of Gally's mother a bit OTT - it would (for me) have given more depth to the whole situation if she had been a more sympathetic person, troubled in an appropriate way by what she cannot understand. Similarly, I found Ferney's background rather shallow, despite his mother's involvement of the police when he leaves home. Struggled a little with the evidence found on Mike's computer - in terms of what is/isn't physically likely - a lighter touch might have been more convincing, but overall this is a good read and once I got into the real story one I enjoyed. As in the first book I had more sympathy for Mike than for Ferney and the issues for Gally, caught in the middle, are very well portrayed. Appropriate too, that the sequel takes us right back to where Ferney finishes. I still remember the shiver of that last line. I think Gally's desire at the end of this book will likewise remain with me. This is a book that I'm glad I bought.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Continues and – I hope - concludes the story of Ferney
18 years after the conclusion of Ferney, poor old Mike Martin is going through the wringer again. Ferney ended on a cliffhanger, and you just knew it wouldn’t have a happy ending. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Skaty Katie
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I loved Ferney but unfortunately found this slow going - predictable, repetitive and a bit of an anti climax.
Published 1 month ago by N S Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by MC Lincs. UK
3.0 out of 5 stars The Lives She Left Behind
I bought Fearny a couple of years ago in Gothenburg and started to read the book on the train home. I loved the book and when I found out that a sequel was going to be released,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by marajade
2.0 out of 5 stars A complete mish mash - give it a miss
I very much enjoy time-shift novels and like historical fiction too but this novel is neither of those. Read more
Published 1 month ago by E. Graff
4.0 out of 5 stars Claire .... Needed sequel
Enjoyed ferney but found the ending a little 'weird' for want of a better word .. Took a while to read this 1 but so glad I did, even tempted to go back & re read ferney now !! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Claire B
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant, absorbing, cried my eyes out!
Published 3 months ago by Carole Ann Mortimer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Ferney and The Lives She Left Behind are the best books I have ever read. Could not put them down.
Published 4 months ago by Beth952
1.0 out of 5 stars I read it through to the end hoping it would get better and that...
What a mixed up load of rubbish. I read it through to the end hoping it would get better and that eventually it would all fall into place. But no it didn't. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best pieces of work I have read
One of the best pieces of work I have read , I could not put it down from start to end . This is the follow on to Ferney which I also give 5 stars. Loved it
Published 5 months ago by Sl
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