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The Lives She Left Behind Kindle Edition
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The book was a bit slow to read, not as good as Fearny, it was the last 100 pages that I really enjoyed, rest of the book, well sometime I had to force myself to continue reading and that’s never nice. But it’s a good book, and have you read Fearny you really should read the sequel, it closes their story in a very nice way.
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.
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.
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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