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A Week in May 1940 & The Pencilled Message: The Cat & The Nightingale Saga 1& 2 Paperback – 3 Nov 2011

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  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (3 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146644293X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466442931
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,636,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love writing and love history so I suppose it's not so surprising that I write historical books! I enjoy writing both military history and historical fiction and the idea is to give the author royalties of any military history titles to military charities whilst proceeds from the fiction will go to me to help fund the research into both - at least that's the theory!

My military history books are all published by Pen & Sword and the historical fiction by GWL Publishing.

'Lives Apart: A World War 2 Chronicle' was inspired by the story of my in laws during WW2 and is in 5 volumes. It was originally based on them but I found it hard to fictionalise my in laws and have my husband's family still talk to me! I have also written a book of seven short stories - 'Secrets' which is free to download from my website.

I live in on the Essex coast with my husband and work at the Military Corrective Training Centre (MCTC)in Colchester. I have quite wide ranging interests and together with my husband David I have also written two spiritual books, The Re-Enlightenment and Holiday from Hell.

For more information about my books please visit http://www.carolemctbooks.info or you can find me on Facebook or Twitter. I also have a blog when I have time and can think of anything to put on it lol, http://carolemctbooks.tumblr.com/

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Carole McEntee-Taylor works in the Military Corrective Training Centre, the UK Forces only remaining detention centre and is currently writing a book about its history. She is also the author of The Weekend Trippers and A Second in Time. Carole lives in Essex with her husband David, ex Royal Green Jacket (KRRC) and TA 71 Yeomanry Signals Regt (V) and a rather ancient and slightly deaf Border Collie called Reubin.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J W on 23 Jun. 2013
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Bought this book and was transported from the first paragraph. A very vivid story giving insight of both sides of military personnel lives, their military life, and the supporting families back at home. I can't wait to start the next installment!
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By M. Lieberman on 26 Dec. 2012
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I have read the whole saga so far and the books are brilliant I cant wait for the next bit of the saga to be written I can really recommend The cat and the Nightingale books they will have you gripped.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Caterina Diaz on 9 April 2012
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After thoroughly enjoying 'The Weekend Trippers' I was keen to read another book by Carole McEntee-Taylor and this book exceeded my high expectations. 'A Week in May 1940' (Part 1 of `The Cat and the Nightingale Saga') adds more detail to Ted's fascinating real-life story, covering his weekend fighting in Calais until he is forced to surrender to the 10th Panzer Division. In this book Ted's story is told alongside that of his fiancé Brenda (a nurse living in London) and Marcel (a French boy who is forced to leave his home and family to escape from the Nazis).

The three stories are skilfully interwoven, providing an interesting contrast between the perspectives of the three main characters, and how the war has impacted so drastically on the lives of these young people. There is also an exciting twist in events, which I will say no more about because I do not want to spoil it for the next reader. As always, the book has been extremely well researched and the author's ability to convey these insightful personal accounts is remarkable.

Upon finishing this book I immediately read `The Pencilled Message', the next book in the series, followed by `Though Worlds May Change' which are equally impressive. I am currently reading the fourth book, `The Tricolore Divided' and I believe there is still more to come.
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