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Walking Wounded by [Osborne, Anna Franklin]
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About the Author

Anna Osborne (nee Franklin) lives in a village in The New Forest with her husband, two children and ever-increasing menagerie of animals, where she practises as a chiropractor in the local GP surgery as well as teaching at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic. Over the past five years she has increasingly explored her long-held desires to write and to sing; and as well as singing with the Chicken Soup Choir, she has written a number of short stories. Walking Wounded is her first novel, inspired by the lives of her grandmother and her Great Auntie Lil and catalysed by walking on the D-Day beaches telling her children about her great-uncles who were part of that Longest Day.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2530 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Amolibros (30 Sept. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01LZO7DZG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #250,433 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Couldn't put it down! Engaging, descriptive and wonderfully written covering a tough heart wrenching subject. I can highly recommend this book and look forward to more from this author!!
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Couldn't put it down. Was lost in the characters. Hope there's another book of what happened next and Irene and Stanley's adult lives
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Loved it, kept me very engaged and storyline was very interesting. I didn't want it to end but loved the ending
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I do read and enjoy this genre of wartime family sagas, i just don't read them as often as i'd like. Main reason being, that i find sometimes, they can get a little samey and staid in their content. So it's more than a pleasant surprise when you come across ones like this, that stand out from the rest.
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.
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This was such a profoundly emotive story that deeply moved me. At one point I had to pause from reading due to the tears blurring my vision. Anna Franklin Osborne has taken me on a very real emotional journey, a journey that millions took that had no choice but to “Keep Calm and Carry On” but behind the smiles lay troubled souls and broken hearts.

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*
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First things first: before even beginning to read this book, I am already loving the fact that there is a section included which is titled “about this book” to give an insight into what the book is about. I also love the fact that the bit about the author is also right as the start as too often, I read books where the about the author section is either only added right at the end or not even added at all!

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.
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