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.
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
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 the musical ‘Oliver’. Our house was always filled with people, usually eccentric, always talented, invariably stroppy, discussing stories. My mother put my father’s four Oscars to good use as toilet roll holders, doorstops and hat stands.
A major chunk of my childhood was spent loitering around on film sets. Who needs an ‘English education’ when you have the polystyrene-coated streets of downtown Moscow, ten miles outside of Madrid, to explore?
But then the years of ‘Who Will Buy My Sweet Red Roses’ came to a rather abrupt end. Reality knocked on the door in the guise of the Metropolitan Line to Shepherds Bush and the BBC. Working in television as a script editor and story consultant, I was part of the creative team responsible for setting up ‘Casualty’. I became known for going after the more ‘difficult’ stories at the same time successfully racking up viewing figures from 7 to 14 million.
I went on to develop various projects for both the BBC and the independent sector. The period I enjoyed most was working with Jack Rosenthal, a wonderful writer, on the series ‘Moving Story’ – ‘That’s a situation, a good situation, but now you need to make it into a story.’
Martin, my husband, was made an offer he couldn’t refuse and we left England to live in Amsterdam. ‘Ik wil een kilo kabeljauw, alstublieft’ will, if all goes well, buy you a piece of cod – I decided to concentrate on my writing rather than my Dutch pronunciation.
My debut novel, ‘We’ve Come to Take You Home’, set in the present and in 1918, a crossover aimed at the adult and young adult women’s popular fiction market, is due for publication in the Spring of 2016 with Matador/Troubador Publishing