Rachel's Shoe Paperback – 3 Apr 2010
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I could almost feel the sand in my toes as I read this wonderfully crafted novel set in the charming islands of Herm, Guernsey and Alderney. The author captures a unique blend of adventure, romance and history in this tale that covers around 30 years. Having read the 'Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society', my interest in the occupied islands was excited but I had thought that might have been the pinnacle of my enjoyment until I found this book. A lesser-known publication from a local author but easily a superior read for my taste. --Kate Cavendish (The Book Awards, London 2009)
Vibrant descriptions of the island of Guernsey and of the people who live there provide a meaningful background to this gripping tale. Events embroiled in the conflicts of the Second World War develop from a touching relationship between Rachel, a Jew, and Guernsey-born Tom . Rachel s quick-thinking mother provides a future for her daughter and Rachel s shoe and its secret contents become a pivotal focus for mounting tensions as evil doers attempt to steal Rachel s rights. As the novel progresses it is almost impossible to put the book down it becomes a real page-turner. This new novel definitely tells a tale that is well worth reading. --Dr Rosemary Westwell, Cambridgeshire Pride
It's a rivetting read from start to finish. Rachel's Shoe is a tale of heroism and love, set in our beautiful Bailiwick and bringing to life the terrible atrocities of the occupation. Spanning more than 25 years, Rachel's Shoe is tenderly written and compellingly told. For the most part factually accurate, and with superb descriptions of the waters around Herm, Alderney and Guernsey, Peter has a gentle but descriptive style which is easy to read. Well-rounded characters draw you in; it is certainly a story that keeps you interested. --Julie Todd, 'Guernsey Now' Magazine
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This is the latest version of 'Rachel's Shoe' published by Acclaimed Books in 2010.
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The author (a local man) describes life during the occupation with a realism that can only be captured by someone with intimate knowledge of the islands during this period. This realism is also evident in the vivid detail of Tom navigating his small boat amongst the many hazards, including enemy patrols, and even in the 70s with Dakota aircraft and Eight track cassettes.
Rachel's Shoe is well written with highly believable characters and a gripping plot and when I turned the final page, I was very pleased to have found this book.
eponymous Rachel - escape from the labour camp in which she has been living,
Rachel's Shoe divides roughly into two sections, with the first half presenting a nautical adventure tale following Tom and his family as they attempt to conceal Rachel from the German occupying forces. Rachel's initial rescue from the camp - exploding mines and all - forms a suitably exciting introduction to the novel, and the subsequent development of her relationship with Tom forms a strong emotional thread leading us up to her eventual escape and the novel's first denouement.
Fast forward to the start of the seventies (via Rachel's Hollywoodesque return), where the now Mr and Mrs le Breton are attracting some unwelcome attention from a nefarious clique of Germans intent on securing shareholding rights to Rachel's parents' business, the existence of which Rachel has remained wholly unaware. It appears that the account details were hidden somewhere by Rachel's mother before her daughter was taken from her - but where?
Cue the shoe. It's a neat structural device, and one that binds the two parts of the novel tidily together. The shift from wartime adventure to a more modern thriller approach is a welcome one, and the concluding chapters succeed in energising the novel anew.Read more ›
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