Troubador Bound by the Scars We Share

Released: 28/06/2021

ISBN: 9781800463400

eISBN: 9781800469167

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Bound by the Scars We Share

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In 1930s Antwerp, having fled a pre war Poland with her family, Zoshia, a young Jewish girl, battles to survive intense persecution from the Nazis and bravely endangers her own life in order to help save others. 

During the war years, Grace, a young teenager, suffers severe personal abuse at the hands of her family in Lyme Regis, England and courageously tries to overcome the repercussions. As adults, both Zoshia and Grace face personal struggles as they try to recover from their traumatic experiences. 

This unique and exquisite tale of two women from different backgrounds, juxtaposes both their lives as they each journey through the decades, over coming tragedy and anguish from World War II onwards. This gripping narrative chronicles the injurious plight of women in an age of gender inequality, demonstrates the disastrous effects of war, human cruelty and exploitation, and dynamically showcases the power of female friendship.




An amazing story of 2 women; gripping and powerful. What a wonderful novel and definitely worth buying!!!

by Natalie Fox


What a great story. So moving knowing it’s based on true life. It touches on the sadness and suffering which many Jews suffered - unknown by many - during WW2.

I started this book and finished it on the same day as the stories of both characters are such a compelling read.

by Dorothy Stuart


A poignant take on trauma’s long shadow, different forms of oppression, and female strength within two entwined lives.

by Helen Highwater


Set In 1930s Poland. This gripping story was life! I am really starting to get into these types of genres!
This book was so beautifully written I couldn't stop reading it! I actually was intrigued by the characters so strong willed and awesome!
Such an amazing book to read!

by NetGalley review


What a beautifully written book. Two very moving stories written in parallel; I love how the narrative weaves effortlessly back and forth between the two women as they fight for survival in different ways. Fantastic. Would throughly recommend this.

by Sam


This book is beautifully written with two very moving stories that are written in parallel with each other. The author seamlessly interweaves the narrative between them with absolutely not confusion for the reader. Well written, characters developed well I would highly recommend.

by NetGalley review


Excellent book and so powerful. Highly recommend a read!

by Michelle Delaney


WOW. This was devastatingly beautiful. I loved the way this book made me think for days. The ending was bittersweet. One of my favorite reads this year.
Full review: https://www.netgalley.co.uk/book/224938/review/835117

by NetGalley review


I really enjoyed this. The story invites us to share and understand the hardships that two women face and despite coming from completely different backgrounds they share very similar hardships and heartbreaks but finally emerge as strong and self reliant individuals. The author has woven the story of their lives into a spellbinding narrative that illustrates the plight of those who suffer at the hands of others but who overcome all odds through their own determination and will to survive.

by Carol Jones


"Bound by the Scars We Share" by Vivien Churney is a touching novel about two women who have struggled through a tumultuous, life-changing time period, oppression, sexism, and a complicated family relationship.

It's hard to say a novel like this is "enjoyable" when it focuses on triggering and emotional topics. The experiences the women in this novel go through are heartbreaking and how they managed to survive through it all is a miracle.

Churney highlights the impact of the war on two women with different backgrounds living in different countries. The story takes readers through the life of Grace and Zoshia as children all the way until they are elderly women, depicting the unpleasant situations they ended up in as well as some of the lighter, happier moments of their lives.

Though this is a tough and emotional read, these two women lead interesting lives that are informative of the ways in which prejudice, racism, and misogyny were very prevalent in their society. It's a story that will make one's blood boil with anger as they read about the inequality they've faced, the effects of the war, and human cruelty. Yet they will also smile at the rare moments of human companionship, overcoming impossible situations, and the power of friendship.

This is a stunning novel that, despite the tough themes running throughout, is a story that will resonate with many. "Bound by the Scars We Share" is out now and available for purchase. Pick up this novel and give it a read!

Original review: https://www.netgalley.co.uk/book/224938/review/668841

by NetGalley review


The tale of two women born into very different environments during the first half of the 20th Century. One living in Antwerp, having fled a pre war Poland, battling to survive Nazi persecution, and the other surviving a different sort of persecution at the hands of her family.

The stories of these two amazing women follows their lives from teens in the 1930's up until pretty much present day. Their lives are intertwined only by their shared experiences and the strength that they both have to survive.

This was beautifully written. The stories of Zoshia and Grace show the heroics needed by two ordinary women to simply live life.

If someone was to ask me what happened in the book I would struggle to pinpoint one specific thing, it is possible to say that this is about both nothing and everything at the same time. It was simply stunning.

I am grateful to netgalley for allowing me to read this book as a pre release, I genuinely loved it.

Original review: https://www.netgalley.co.uk/book/224938/review/502506

by NetGalley review


The tale of two women born into very different environments during the first half of the 20th Century. One living in Antwerp, having fled a pre war Poland, battling to survive Nazi persecution, and the other surviving a different sort of persecution at the hands of her family.

The stories of these two amazing women follows their lives from teens in the 1930's up until pretty much present day. Their lives are intertwined only by their shared experiences and the strength that they both have to survive.

This was beautifully written. The stories of Zoshia and Grace show the heroics needed by two ordinary women to simply live life.

If someone was to ask me what happened in the book I would struggle to pinpoint one specific thing, it is possible to say that this is about both nothing and everything at the same time. It was simply stunning.

I genuinely loved it.

Original review: https://www.netgalley.co.uk/book/224938/review/502506

by NetGalley review


This book was a beautifully written, original take in the growing genre of WWII fiction. I will say there are traumatic events and situations, so be warned. But still a testament to the courage of women who refuse to be beaten by adversity.

by NetGalley review


This is a poignant story of two very different women, dealing with trauma inflicted during WW2 and surviving through the importance of friendship. In the U.K. Grace’s childhood is marred by severe personal abuse at the hands of her own family. Over in Poland, another young girl called Zoshia has fled to Antwerp after persecution by the Nazis in her native Poland.
Grace is at the mercy of a tyrannical father who is obsessed with controlling those in his family unit. Sadly, mistaking control for love, she marries a man who does exactly the same, but also inflicts physical abuse too, Since fleeing Poland, Grace joined the Resistance, proving to be brave in helping many other Jews escape and survive the war. Afterwards her life and her marriage are happy, but she shows symptoms of PTSD and can never fully free herself from the atrocities she witnessed in occupied Europe.
Years later, they meet by chance and sense a kindred spirit in the other. They are able to share their traumas and understand that despite coming from different places they are afflicted by similar scars. This is a lovely meditation on friendship and how sharing trauma can lessen its sting.

Original review: https://www.netgalley.co.uk/book/224938/review/590245

by NetGalley review


This book was heartbreaking and was more enjoyable than i thought it would be based upon how heartbreaking it actually is. It is a good story with good themes and heartfelt and emotional chracters that i loved. i could not put it down. Please read this book.

Original review: https://www.netgalley.co.uk/book/224938/review/845148

by NetGalley review


This book is a sweeping glance across two very different yet somehow lives set in the backdrop of WWII and the transition that took place following.

Zoshia and Grace must face their unfair share of difficult lives and people who don’t always have their best interests at heart.

For a debut novel I thought this was a really grand and ambitious idea and I loved the storytelling.

Original review: https://www.netgalley.co.uk/book/224938/review/777962

by NetGalley review


I am a lover of Historical Fiction and this one didn't disappoint. From the moment I read the blurb I knew I had to read this book. A story of two strong women with two similar but different stories to tell.

It delves deeply into all the trauma and indecencies women have had to endure in such hard and tough times. This book highlights how wars, inequality, injustice and cruelty impact these two women's lives. It makes you think, you feel all the emotions going through these women and it at times is heartbreaking. Yet it is uplifting in that these women prove that they are strong and courageous.

It was well written but sometimes hard to read due to the nature of the story (not in a bad way though). It drives home how far women have come in this world too. It was descriptive and flowed well, was honest and kept me reading until the very last page.

by Donna


This incredible Debut Novel gripped me right from page one. A harrowing story following the two main characters, Zoshia and Grace during WW2 and beyond. This is the story of the trauma both women endure throughout their lives despite being worlds apart. Zoshia is a young, strong minded Jewish girl who loves playing the piano and dreams of becoming a concert pianist. Her family have to go into hiding and Zoshia decides she must help Jewish children escape the Nazi invasion. This colours her entire life and leaves with a never ending feeling of "why me"? Grace, an English girl living in Lyme Regis. She adores Ballet but she lives with a cruel father and Grace yearns to escape, only to find herself in the worst situation that she could have ever imagined.

The chapters deal with each character in turn, which I really enjoyed. I felt like I grew to know each character inside and out. I have to admit to a few tears. The cruelty both women see and endure is absolutely heart-breaking. There is a lot of sadness with lives that at times seem impossible to live. Both Zoshia and Grace endeavour to lead good lives and try to fill it love and laughter despite all the dreadful situations both have found themselves in.

The final chapter really brought everything together. No loose ends or "but what about so and so" questions. The ending is spot on and leaves you, as a reader with a sense of relief and eventual happiness for both Women, however long the journey, they both endured it with a fierceness that can only be admired.

I loved every single page of this incredible book, not a word wasted.

Original review: https://www.netgalley.co.uk/book/224938/review/830418

by NetGalley review


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