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The Long Shadow by [Proctor, Loretta]
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'Immensely impressed by this novel, especially the Greek scenes. It's a marvellously accomplished book.' --Colin Wilson

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1179 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Loretta Proctor; 4 edition (16 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008M7JPBS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #288,644 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is not a book about Greece. It not a book about war but it is a book about people, the situations they find themselves in; and above all about their loves. This skilfully crafted novel is in two parts, the first set in England and the second, mainly in Greece. The protagonist is Andrew who is shocked by the revelations in his mother's diary which he secretly reads. He discovers that his father is Greek and he vows to meet him. The second part of the novel shows Andrew in his quest and eventual success. Loretta Proctor, half Greek herself, has a vast knowledge and understanding of 20th century Greek history, especially as it relates to the two world wars and she uses this with great skill as a backdrop to Andrew's story. She brings out the horrors of war in Greece. She writes the diary as if using the language of the day and this gives the mother's account an authenticity and immediacy which is strong and real. I found the book very moving, especially the relationship between Andrew and his father. Being unfamiliar with the history, I found it fascinating, almost a distraction at times! This is a beautiful story and the second of Loretta Proctor's books I have read. It cries out for a sequel!
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This book is largely based on a diary of a nurse stationed in Salonika during the First World War, and the effect of illicitly reading that diary on her son, Andrew. His solitary recovery of the events in this diary illuminates both his inheritance, and his current relationships, casting the 'long shadow' produced by its abruptly curtailed whirlwind romance. The personal story is equally reflective of the 'long shadow' cast by the war itself. This is a skillful parallel between the events for the characters and the wider stage in which their play takes shape.

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).
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I have just finished reading this for the second time and know I shall return to it again and again because of its strong, involving characters and the wonderful story they have to tell.

Nothing is more intriguing than a hidden diary, and when Andrew finds his mother's and begins to read it, a dramatic picture of her life in Salonka during the first world war enfolds. Dorothy's love story is touching and beautifully told, yet this is far more than a love story. The sights, smells, triumphs and tragediesa of World War One are described so vividly and knowledgably we feel we are experiencing them first hand.

I've now enjoyed several books from the pen of this author, but this is her best yet.

It's a novel to treasure.
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I am not usually a great lover of romantic stories, but this one has certainly converted me, and I am eager to read her next novel, which I am sure will be as riveting, if not more so.

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.
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