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To clarify this wonderful story the author has produced a well documented Author's Note at the end of the book, explaining there about the marvellous achievements by this famous Dr Archibald McIndoe as a physician, in his treatment of his patients in both body and mind, as well being one of the driving forces of the Guinea Pig Club (Est 1941) where a lot of these servicemen could turn to after their ministrations by the same Dr McIndoe, they were later known as "Guinea Pigs", so they could celebrate their annual reunion with each other and with this same Sir Dr Archibald McIndoe.
Story-telling is of an absolutely superb and beautiful quality, and in my humble opinion what mainly female authors are very good at most of the time, is the ability to tell her story with such warmth and passion that it keeps you spellbound and gripped while at the same time she lets you feel the love, devotion, desperation and hate within this wonderful romantic tale.
This fantastic book is based on a true story, and it is set during the years 1942/1943, with a nice and warm epilogue which is set in 1990, and which will finish this captivating and compassionate book in a most splendid fashion.
The book has been divided into three main themes; firstly being Dr Archibald McIndoe who as a physician treats his patients not only physically but also mentally and so trying to restore his patients into human beings as whole as can be in body and mind, while also trying to lift their morale by introducing them into the Guinea Pig Club, where they can celebrate and share their brotherhood and camaraderie.
Secondly there's the pilote John "Mac" Mackenzie of the US Air Force, who after an amount of successful flights finds himself burned after a mission, but with the help of Dr McIndoe and his girl-friend Stella he overcomes his struggles and despair.
Thirdly there's the delightful and sensible Stella Charlton, who as a new recruit to the WAAF meets this American pilot, the same John "Mac" Mackenzie on New Year's Eve, and falls in love with him, and that relationship will finally turn into a beautiful fulfilling and everlasting love.
All three themes are intertwined in a very romantic and humanlike fashion, besides that all the characters are really lifelike in their dealings with each other within this gloomy atmosphere of Britain in 1943 during WWII, plus that all this is written down in a most heart-warming prose, and thus all these factors combined make this book such a superb compelling read.
Very highly recommended, for this is an elegant masterpiece in story-telling as well as bringing to life the world of WWII in a most authentic atmosphere, and that's why I would qualify this book as "A Superb Compelling Heroic Debut Novel"!
Told from three points of view, the novel tells the story of the surgeon, an American airman who becomes one of his patients and the girl the airman loves, as each of them navigates the journey through serious injury and disfigurement to recovery and embracing life again.
The Beauty Shop is a very engaging tale about a fascinating facet of Second World War history. It’s also a simple story about characters that the reader can’t help caring about, told with humour and understanding. I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a good, powerful story.
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