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An epic story!,
This review is from: The Silver Locket (Paperback)
It's 1914 and upper-class girls are expected to marry well and do as they're told, but certainly not occupy themselves with anything useful. The heroine, Rose, dreams of going to Oxford (and is actually offered a place), but this is vetoed by her parents who tell her what she needs is a husband who can form her opinions for her. What intelligent girl wouldn't rebel against that? So she does what any heroine in her situation would do - she runs away and trains to become a nurse, eventually ending up in France. The hero, Alex, meanwhile, is the sort of man Rose's parents disapprove of strongly - he has a dubious past, no money and no social standing - but he has courage and integrity, something the man chosen for Rose definitely didn't have. It is therefore no wonder she falls for Alex instead. There is only one problem - he's already married ...
This is a great love story set against the backdrop of the first World War and is an epic tale that really shows the reader what it was actually like, both in the trenches and for those who were fighting to patch up the wounded after the carnage. The author must have done a tremendous amount of research, which has been fitted into the story effortlessly. The reader is left with a feeling of awe at how anyone could have coped in such conditions and how the human spirit is able to triumph over adversity. This is a great read and I would highly recommend it!