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Some of that almost soporific lulling also comes from the recapture of an age of innocence. The nurse Dorothy is young, and although she has decided opinions on most things, from pastries to people, she is conveyed as essentially uncritical, swept along equally by her compelling attraction to a Rhett Butler Greek of glittering dark eyes, as much as to her devotion to her role as nursing aide to the restrained and devoted doctor, Ethan Willoughby. In that sense it has the ingredients of conflicted romance, a very English Home Counties romance where the longing for wild exuberance is tempered by restraint, though not entirely!
There are well drawn characters, the polished Greek mother in her well ordered home of servants, ice cold water wells for cooling wine, of shutters and aromatic gardens; and her counterpart the present day English grandmother in a crumbling gracious Edwardian home, Downlands. The encounters with the Greek peasants, shepherds, runners, dancers and festivals falls like bright light on the impressionable Dorothy, avid for adventure, making the most of her war's interludes (and living with that living for ever after).Read more ›
This is a very touching story, beautifully and sympathetically written, superbly scripted, and crafted by one of the most exciting new romantic novelists of today.
The story is set during the first world war, and it's about two people from two different cultures who are caught up in the conflict, and who fall hopelessly in love. This is a gentle story, with a slow, seductive build-up to a passionate affair, fraught with danger at every step.
The story begins when a young boy, wiling away his holidays with an old aunt, stumbles across a diary hidden in a locked trunk in the attic. The diary belongs to his mother, and is written as a full documentary account of her life during those war years, and it contains vivid details of her duties as a nurse in war-torn Greece, and how she meets a young Greek officer - who turns out to be a spy - and how she falls deeply in love with him. They become engaged (the "Greek" way) and the young nurse consequently becomes pregnant, but unfortunately her affair has a tragic ending, she returns back home to England, where she gives birth to her son, who is the main character to the story, but there is a very clever, yet somewhat surprising twist to the tale.
I am greatly impressed by her highly graphic and descriptive attention to details, which brings the story to life, and I particularly like the way she describes the cosy contents of the room where the young nurse stays with her future husband, building up a colourful picture which draws you into the scene.Read more ›
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I bought this book to find more information about the time my father was in Salonika during the first world war. Read morePublished 29 days ago by josephine kelly
This is a story full of intrigue, a story of love and war and commitment. One of our main characters Andrew reads his mother Dorothy's diaries written during the war and opens a... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
A great romantic historical novel. It opened my eyes to the history of Greece and some of its suffering during the wars. Definitely my kind of book!Published 6 months ago by Eggs.
The Long Shadow, by Loretta Proctor, is the forerunner to Dying Phoenix. I read them in reverse order, but this didn't affect my enjoyment of either book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Richard Abbott
We are proud to announce that THE LONG SHADOW by Loretta Proctor is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree.
This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
This book is a lovely read, it put me in mind of the BBC Drama Crimson Fields at the stage when Dorothy the young nurse goes to the field hospital in Greece. Read morePublished on 16 Aug. 2014 by L. G. Armstrong
The book arrived swiftly. I have only just started reading it and am enjoying it so far. Think it will offer an interesting insight into an area of WW1 which seems to have been... Read morePublished on 29 May 2014 by Rf Ea Green