Remembrance Day Paperback – 15 Oct 2009
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Praise for The Girl From World’s End and The War Widows:
‘A beautiful, almost poetically-written tale of love and tragedy in the Yorkshire Dales mainly set during the Second World War. The characters are real flesh and blood and the reader shares their ups and downs with genuine empathy.’
Maureen Lee, bestselling author of Mother of Pearl.
‘An epic tale of hardship and tragedy straddling the Second World War.’
‘A heartwarming read.’
‘A compelling story, capturing the spirit of time and place.’
Lancashire Evening Post
About the Author
Leah Fleming was born in Lancashire of Scottish parents, and is married with four grown-up children and five grandchildren. She usually writes full-time from a haunted farmhouse in the Yorkshire Dales, but has recently completed a gap year for grown-ups living on the slopes of an olive grove in Crete. She is currently working on her next novel, Winter’s Children, to be published in 2010.
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In the meantime Lady Hester had gone to great lengths to protect her sons with devastating results which even she didn't see coming. Both these female characters are so true to l, she is sent to live with her aunt and uncle in Bradford and becomes companion to young Lisa who is to be her lifelong friend.
Up to this point I thoroughly enjoyed the book but when Selma and Lisa went to America that was enough for me. I just felt the whole American episode was false and out of character to where the main people in the book would end up. The ending was just a bit too twee for me. However that is not to say that the points Fleming put across at the end weren't good but I feel the whole book should have been set in England. The end of the book just spoilt the rest of it for me because normally I love a Leah Fleming novel.
The main characters in this tragic and moving saga, are so well developed, with their own unique and recognizable personalities and traits, that it is sometimes hard to forget that this is a work of fiction and not fact, although fact is very much present throughout, woven skillfully into the fabric of the story.
There is some well researched material, about both the first and second World Wars and the Christian Anabaptist Mennonite communities, specifically those in the Pennslvania area of the US, in the mid to late 1900’s.
The human spirit is examined closely in the two young protagonists, one from each side of the social divide, in the early to mid 1900’s. Class distinction and community social status is still at its post colonial heyday, forcing them apart and attempting to define their destinies. Family loyalties are tested to the limit and found lacking by this new generation of young people, who are trying to shun the conventions and bridge the gap of the ‘class war’, but are born just too soon for this revolution in social attitudes. Then, when they are eventually reunited, in the strangest of circumstances, are they still the same people, with that same strong and true spirit that they once were?Read more ›
Being a fictional story, I was quite expecting a different ending, but found that it was entirely appropriate (and I didn't find it rushed).
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Really enjoyed reading it .Quite a different story although realised what was going to happen a few chapters from the endPublished 3 months ago by Valerie Taylor
What a truly beautiful story. I laughed and cried. The author made is so easy to connect with every one of the main characters, very special talent xPublished 8 months ago by kated91