Troubador A World of Trouble – Fateful Decisions

Released: 28/07/2020

ISBN: 9781838595005

eISBN: 9781838596187

Format: Paperback/eBook

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A World of Trouble – Fateful Decisions


1940, Guernsey. Nineteen is a time to be young, to make rash decisions and follow your heart. For Marion, Stella and Rachel, age doesn’t mean a thing when World War Two comes to their shores. A mass evacuation springs into action, hundreds of people, both friends and family, fleeing their tranquil island. By the 1st July, that home is invaded by German troops, a strong, ruthless force that submits the islanders to their will. Now is not a time to be young, but a time for courage as the three women face their most dangerous times. Little do they know it will stretch for five more years…

With Marion and Rachel locked on the ‘prison island’, lacking basic supplies, and under an increasingly authoritarian regime, life is challenging. Each wrestle with their own difficult choices, both feeling alone, lost and scared for the lives of those they love. Life for Stella may not be under authoritarian command, but she still struggles to make her way in England, having to rebuild her life without counsel from family and friends.

Will all three find the courage to soldier on? Or, without each other’s support, struggle to survive the cold times until the liberation?

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Jacky Renouf

Jacky Renouf's forbears came from Guernsey. Her father joined the British Army in 1939, whilst her mother evacuated from Guernsey in June 1940. Jacky was born in Chelmsford in 1944. The family returned to Guernsey in 1946 and migrated to New Zealand/ Aotearoa in 1953. Jacky has a Masters Degree from Canterbury University and worked in the social welfare services between 1965 and 2018. She held senior positions in government and the not for profit sector. She wrote numerous academic and social policy papers during her working life.

Jacky believes that families need to know their whakapapa [family lore] and is committed to telling her own inter generational stories. To this end she wrote two family histories as she wants her nine grandchildren and two great grand daughters to know their past.

This is her first novel. She believes that the World War 2 experiences of the Channel Islands residents need to be appreciated as being significantly different to those experienced in the United Kingdom, and need to be remembered in this 75th year since Liberation Day.

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