Published: 28/03/2016
ISBN: 9781785890406
eISBN: 9781785894268
Format: Paperback/eBook

‘Powerful, intelligent and moving, a very assured and intricately plotted debut novel, with a great sense of place.’
Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect

'Susan Gandar's story bridges different times, different worlds, with energy, drive and elegance. She writes with a sense of subtle wonder that her characters share with the reader, but the real mystery, as in all good storytelling, is timeless; how we live, how we love, and above all who we really are. A great read.'
Michael Russell, author of 'The City of Shadows’ and ‘The City of Strangers’

‘Couldn’t put it down!’
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I grew up surrounded by stories and storytelling. My father, John Box, was a film production designer, working on ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, ‘Dr. Zhivago’, ‘The Great Gatsby’, ‘A Man For All Seasons' and ... read more

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We've Come To Take You Home
by Susan Gandar

Samantha Foster and Jessica Brown are destined to meet. But one lives in the 20th century, the other in the 21st...

It is April 1916 and thousands of men have left home to fight in the war to end all wars. Jessica Brown's father is about to be one of these men. A year later, he is still alive, but Jess has to steal to keep her family from starving. And then a telegram arrives - her father has been killed in action.

Four generations later, Sam Foster's father is admitted to hospital with a suspected brain haemorrhage. A nurse asks if she would like to take her father’s hand. Sam refuses. All she wants is to get out of this place, stuck between the world of the living and the world of the dead, a place with no hope and no future, as quickly as possible.

As Sam's father's condition worsens, her dreams become more frequent - and more frightening. She realises that what she is experiencing is not a dream, but someone else's living nightmare...

We've Come to Take You Home is an emotionally-charged story of a friendship forged 100 years apart.

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We've Come to Take You Home has made it to the NetGalley top 10 books of the month for March! Many thanks to Ben Cameron at Cameron PR and Marketing for nominating this, my debut novel.

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My warmest congratulations on your magnificent novel, 'We've Come to Take You Home'. Being a maid in 1914, the hours and the salary, must have been terrible. It is so deeply moving that I could not put it down.

by Clare Deutsch

Many congratulations to Susan Gandar for creating such a moving and spiritual story. It is no mean achievement to intertwine the lives of Jess and Sam in such different times without confusion. I loved it.

by Phyllis Dalton

This isnt the sort of book I would usually read, but it captured me from page 1. Its a beautifully crafted story balancing two related but wildly different stories occuring nearly a century apart. Written with economy, grace and a lovely visual sensibility, it carried me along and into the minds and emotions of its two teenage protagonists. Ultimately very moving, this is a wonderful piece of storytelling and a very enjoyable read.

by Max Kammerling

Empathic and unpredictable - an eerie journey from beginning to end. Brilliant

by Maria Arpino

Congratulations Susan, a most enjoyable and captivating book.It is an elegantly written imaginative story with great insight and empathy for the characters. The reader cannot avoid a deep emotional involvement with the lives of Sam and Jess, it is a wonderful depiction of the power of love and family bonds that transcend the boundaries of time. An excellent first publication and looking forward to the next one soon.

by José Luczyc-Wyhowska

Compelling, heart-wrenching and insightful. This book brought to life the hardship of the past but also the confusion of being a teenage girl in the here and now. I found myself transported between two worlds whilst also remaining connected to the characters and their plights. I hope for another story which I can immerse myself in, like this one!

by Alice Royston-Lee

Two young lives lived in different times. Both blown apart by events that threaten everything they’ve ever known and loved. We’ve Come to Take You Home is a compelling piece of storytelling that weaves together two tales set in separate centuries but somehow mysteriously linked. War, love, hardship and teenage angst...the story shifts from one young life to the other without missing a beat, gathering pace until finally the mystery is solved. Susan Gandar is as comfortable exploring the hardships of Britain at War and the rarely remembered privations endured by those left at home as she is in an intensive care unit of a 21st-century hospital. A clever and thought-provoking piece of storytelling.

by Stephanie Pain

Punchy, concise and graphic. I've never read a book that conveyed so much but without elaborate, lengthy wording. This, for me, is its greatest triumph.

by Trish Davey

This is such a good story fusing the lives of two young women separated by time but brought together by the shared experience of adolescence - the drama of everyday life, love, loss and growing up.

by EJ Ballantyne

Many congratulations, Susan, on your first published book - what a feat! It was a very interesting and original concept - clearly told and with a lot of passion - well done.

by Morven Hart

Susan Gandar’s powerful novel kept me turning the page. How and when would Jess and Sam’s lives come together? Their individual stories in different centuries brilliantly intertwined. I admit to shedding a few tears and couldn’t put it down. Congratulations Susan on an exceptional debut novel.

by Sandra Marsh, film agent, Beverly Hills/Los Angeles/ USA

The strong character depiction and interesting parallel storyline between past and future kept us all gripped. We especially enjoyed the really vivid description of the relationship between Jess and Ellie. The story would be a super introduction to life on the home front, during the First World War, particularly for a teenage audience. However, it is equally appealing to other ages – a crossover novel?

by 'The Club with No Name' Bookgroup, Brighton

Being a fan of novels that deal with 'echoes in time' I was keen to read this book and was NOT disappointed. It is beautifully written and cleverly constructed, thoroughly engaging the reader in the lives of the two young girls - hence the lump in my throat at the end! A triumph of a first novel.

by Jane Prince


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