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Anyhow, if you are a discerning type and want to read a book that contains a vast array of scintillating drama, with relationships, as well as many (realistic) twists and turns all based on historical facts, then you will surely LOVE this book. It's brilliant.
This Time Tomorrow is the debut novel from seasoned historical writer Rupert Colley, and let me tell you, it's a cracking good read. Colley is well known for his powerful and concise descriptions of both World Wars (amongst other topics) from his History in an Hour series, but unshackled by the factual constraints of non-fiction, the author gives his imagination full reign and this breathtaking historical novel is the result.
Set during the Great, or First World War, This Time Tomorrow tells the tale of two brothers and their experiences in the trenches and back home in England, in a society simply refusing to accept the true horrors of the conflict just across the Channel. Much of the book is set in France, and Colley does not flinch from painting the brutal reality of trench warfare in all its gory detail. Yet it is the psychological effect the fighting has in the two central characters that is most skillfully portrayed and most effecting to the reader. Drawn to the affections of the same girl back home, we watch as Guy's and Jack's sibling rivalry is dwarfed by the enormity of the carnage around them and the life altering experiences the two are forced to face.
Having previously read Colley's historical novella My Brother the Enemy, I have to admit that I was initially disappointed by the apparent similarity between the two stories' main premisses. It did not take long however, for my doubt to be cast aside, as This Time Tomorrow is clearly head and shoulders above the previous effort - and that is saying something since My Brother the Enemy is also a great read. With this longer format, Colley has obviously hit his stride, rounding out his characters well and imbuing them with deep human motivations and fears making the pathos of the story's dramatic climaxes all the more powerful.
Easy to read and filled with detailed historical elements, This Time Tomorrow whisks the reader off to another world, yet never at the loss of the immediacy of the book's emotions. From the unimaginable terrors of the trenches to the heady, foolish lust of first love, the alienation of the returning soldier and the scars of the heart and mind that never quite heal, This Time Tomorrow is an impressive achievement. It is a tale of love, loyalty, and conflict of a scope few writers could realize but all readers will enjoy.
Caring about what happened to those in the story took me on an immense journey bringing home the very personal stories lost in such a frightening world of total war. I cried several times!
I could go on and on but then the review would be full of spoilers.
I strongly recommend this enriching read, the characters will stay with you for a long time afterwards.
The storyline kept me gripped right to the end.Such a good book I'll be reading it again !
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