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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
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #157,709 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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Loved, loved this book. The story, set in Greece and England during the first and second world wars and the intervening years, was captivating and totally believable. The author skilfully and interestingly interwove the Greek political situation into the story. I downloaded this book as a freebie. I see it now costs £3.50. Well worth the money - in fact, a bargain!
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This book is a must-read for fans of historical fiction from the turmoil of European wars which punctuated the first half of the twentieth century. Based in Greece and England it tells the story, via her diary, of a young nurse in the First World War, and then jumps forward to her grown-up love child, and plots his journey to Greece in the 1930's, where he searches for his unknown father. Despite the political turmoil going on all around, the author takes us inside the heads of her characters with insightful observations and acute descriptions, even managing to conjure up authentic language, and keeping the technology of the period completely accurate. I felt securely transported back to the period, surely the mark of a good writer of historical fiction. There are many parallels to be found in the experiences of the mother and son, despite the generational gap, not least the romantic threads running through the book, and the scenes of passion. This is an epic of a family saga, and it is surely only a matter of time before we can all settle down to watch it on TV, preferably spread over six Sunday evenings.
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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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Avery believable novel. I'm not usually interested in WWI or WWII novels, but this was engrossing, perhaps because the characters were very real, and the background descriptions most absorbing.
If this is your period - read this book.
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