Published by AnneMarie Brear on September 1, 2018
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Charlotte Brookes flees her lecherous guardian, McBride, taking her younger sister with her. After a year on the road, they stumble into a Yorkshire village where the Wheelers, owners of the village shop, take them in. This new life is strange for Charlotte, but preferable to living with McBride or surviving on the roads. Harry Belmont is an important man in the village, but he’s missing something in his life. His budding friendship with Charlotte gives him hope she will feel more for him one day, and he will marry the woman he yearns for. When McBride discovers where Charlotte lives, his threats begin. Harry fights to keep Charlotte safe, but World War I erupts and Harry enlists. Left to face a world of new responsibilities, and Harry’s difficult sister, Charlotte must run the gauntlet of family disputes, McBride's constant harassment, and the possibility of the man she loves being killed.
Can Charlotte find the happiness that always seems under threat, and will Harry return home to her?
Sorry for the late posting! I should have posted this yesterday, bit of a long day!
Wow, I get to help close the tour on this book! Phew! What a book! I will admit I don’t normally read anything to do with the war, don’t know why I just don’t, maybe because of the boy being in the army, not sure. But there was something about this book that I just had to pick it up. Plus I love the cover!
From the opening pages of my jaw dropping at the audacity of McBride, Charlotte and Hannah’s guardian, and his intentions, I was hooked! To me, and I know it was not like it, it reminded me of Downton Abbey, setting and time period, and that I loved! Ms Brear, you have converted me!
A love and heartbreak story told in the purest form. From the family who accepts to Charlotte and Hannah to the fear of the unknown Henry. I adored this book. Charlotte finds the strength and will to run away from their guardian with sister, leaving everything she knows behind, to then eventually be shown the good graces of the Wheelers and in the future Harry. However not without fear, as the dark cloud of McBride is a constant worry for the girls as we are reminded.
The writing was beautiful. I could imagine the bustles of the streets, the shops. I could feel the worries from the women as the men sign up. I could be there! I will not hesitate to pick up something that has been written by Ms Brear at all. I had all the emotions when reading this! Words can not convey how much I loved this book! I think Historical Fiction is the way to go!
*Thank you so much to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources and the author AnneMarie Brear for a copy of this book in return for my honest and unbiased review*
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