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It becomes clear within chapters that this is a story unlike alot of others out there. Most are told from the point of view of life during the period of the war (which one varies, but usually, it's just one) Walking wounded however is told of life and troubles after the first world war, from Armistice Day. Through to the second world war and then on again, into the 1950's. What happens to those survivors? Those who have suffered through the great wars and come out the other side.
We find out in walking wounded what happens to the Johnson family. A family who suffer tremendous hardship and far more heartache than anyone should ever have to live through.
At the end of the first world war May is born. We follow Mays journey growing up and getting married to Jimmy, a violent and vicious man who takes his own shortcomings and temper out on his wife. May is extremely young and makes the decision to just carry on and suffer, her sense of duty and what she feels is right shaping her whole life. She finds her own way of coping with it, but when it starts to affect the life of her young daughter can she change or is it too late?
Lydia, the older sister who has had to bring up herself and her siblings after the family was orphaned early on. Lydia gives up all of her hopes and dreams to make sure everyone else is ok and haves what they need. An extremely selfless person whose story had me close to tears.Read more ›
This family saga started back in 1918 travelling through to 1952 on the life of one family coping and trying to survive what life through at them. Through pivotal moments in Britain’s history and through life’s own harsh battles. Women waiting patiently for news of their loved ones; be it fathers, brothers, sons, husbands and lovers. Dreading the post for fear of bad news. However, when the men came back they were scarred both physically and mentally and the scenes that they have endured will never leave them. The joy of seeing and being with your family again was tinged with the fear of what the war did to the minds of their men.
Whilst the men did their duty the women were left to hold the fort back at home and at work, struggling to make ends meet and struggling to keep morale high. Anna Franklin Osborne’s female characters were all very strong young women full of vitality and hope at the beginning of the war but life was very cruel and hearts were shattered and minds were tested. The walking wounded were not just the soldiers of war but of those left behind wounded by life and all it threw at them. A smile can hide a multitude of emotions.
This is a very special story, a fictional story based loosely around Anna Franklin Osborne’s three great uncles, her great aunt and her grandmother who all played a part during the war years. I do believe fictional stories bring history to life and Anna Franklin Osborne has taken me on this historical journey. A stunning story spelling out life in it’s raw detail. 5/5*
I am also a fan of books that deal with historic events, mostly the first and Second World War so the fact that the characters lived during/between the first and second world war begins to entice me into the book already.
Beginning part one, I love the fact that the date, time and country is recorded so that the reader can keep up with where and at what time everything is happening.
When Alexandra Palace is mentioned I think back to my childhood seeing as this was a place I loved to visit with my immediate family where I have many happy memories. I love the fact that not long in I am already finding ways to relate.
Already into the first part and there’s a twist with character Edie which I wasn’t expecting. I love the fact that there are fresh twists right from the beginning to keep the reader interested.
I love the fact that a lot of the places mentioned in the book are places I have either been to which I have good memories from or places that I know that weren’t far from me when growing up. First it was Alexandra Palace of which I have good childhood memories followed by Muswell Hill which I have only been to in passing in a car but is the place my Dad lived with my mum before I was born. I feel that this gives extra context and an extra was for me to relate to the characters and the story because I know these areas.Read more ›
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A story that captured me from the very beginning. The amazing character descriptions made me so engaged from the start. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
A truly fantastic story that takes you on a families journey throughout World War 1 & 2. Written from the perspective of the women in the family who are left behind and how they... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Avid Reader
An absolutely amazing story of 3 generations as they live, love, toil through two world wars. Their hopes, fears and tragedies binding them together. A story of deep family love. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Caron
Beautifully written. Finished too soon for me. I'd like a sequel please.Published 23 days ago by Alison
I absolutely loved this book and couldn't put it down. The characters and premise of the book scream out to be turned into a filmed drama. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Sally M
An excellent book steeped in the history of the time. Bringing the challenges of the historical context to life through this complex family Anna Osborne weaves a wonderful story of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alison Hack
Gives a real insight into the impact war has on the lives of ordinary people.
Great book held my interest all the way through and some really powerful lines which really brought it to life and put you there - then he saw the silver thread!Published 2 months ago by Beth Y.
I read this book on holiday last year and have been meaning to review it ever since. Not my usual genre but I absolutely loved it from the off set. Read morePublished 2 months ago by wendy streeton