Published: 28/07/2016
ISBN: 9781785892547
eISBN: 9781785895920
Format: Paperback/eBook

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David Dunham has worked in the media industry in the UK and New Zealand for more than 15 years as a reporter, sports writer, deputy editor, senior producer and homepage editor. The Silent Land is his ... read more

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The Silent Land
by David Dunham

Just when Rebecca Lawrence believed joy had come into her life, she learns the truth about how her mother died years before. Marriage to her first love and motherhood pulls her back from resentment, only for the First World War to threaten her peace when her husband is sent to fight. When she discovers another lie which could fracture her world, she is faced with the choice of ignoring it, or letting the scars of the past corrupt her.

Set between 1903 and 1919, The Silent Land explores the complexities of love and the pursuit of truth in grief. The inspirational purity of the heroine will draw readers in, demonstrating how strength can be found at times when it would have seemed inconceivable.

The Silent Land explores the different shades of grief – the loss of a mother through assisted suicide, the loss of a father through a heart attack, and the loss of a husband through conflict. Comparable to works by Colm Tóibín and Sebastian Faulks, this is a moving and eloquently written tale of the overwhelming struggle faced by women left at home during the war.

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Four out of five stars for The Silent Land

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Well this book is amazing. 10/10. Recomend to eVERYone out there

by Nife Olawale

A very moving historical novel centered around a young woman about to enter adulthood. The date is the early 1900s in rural England when women at that age were focused on marrying well and settling into a domestic lifestyle. Rebecca grew up in a loving home but was also burdened with the knowledge that her mother was very ill. After her mother's death Rebecca and her father move back to his family's town to settle into a new life. Rebecca does adjust to her new home and she meets the love of her life and settles into happy and fulfilling marriage with children. Like so many others her world is forever changed when the First World War reaches England. The horrors of war and the way it touched her life, and the lives of those around her, is portrayed in a very realistic and honest way. Grief, survival, deception and compassion are all interwoven in Rebecca's story. I liked how the author made Rebecca seem very real by portraying her feelings and emotions. I did stay up late to finish the book. It was that good!
I received a copy from Netgalley and this is my honest review.

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