I was fortunate to be asked to preview this book. The title intrigued me and it did not disappoint. A family saga beginning pre WW2, we are introduced to the main characters and I warmed to them quickly. The tale moves swiftly and is full of history, romance, some theology which I found both interesting and stirring, and one is left in suspense at the end of Part 1, so much so that I was compelled to read the second part to find out what happened next.
"An excellent read which grips the reader's attention throughout. You will be keen to get Part Two."
This is the first book I've read by Phillip St Lawrence. It's the first part of a well-paced story about love and life during the war. I identified with the Cotswold setting as it is an area I have visited, and it was interesting to see the events of the book unfold here.
The contrast of the picturesque villages and Cheltenham as a backdrop for the growth of the relationship between Ralph and Annie versus other scenes set in London complements the plot. There's friendship between another couple, Annie's sister Lizzie and Jasper. I was eager to see what happened there. The story made me feel the happiness of finding love but I felt fearful for the characters as the start of the war was announced and wondered what would become of them. At time, I wondered who Ralph had most feelings for-Annie or Lizzie. This added a personal conflict into the story.
Thank you to Phillip St Lawrence and the publisher via NetGalley for the chance to review this eARC. Now I know the characters and their backgrounds, I'm looking forward to part two.
by Katherine Hayward
The beginning of a two-part story, this book will suck you in and make you anxious to read what comes next. This book pulled on my heartstrings. I loved it.
by Lindsey Kramer
This book draws you in from the very beginning. I loved it and am looking forward to part two.
by T B (via NetGalley)
Philip St Lawrence has worked with over 200 corporations from minnows to FTSE 100 multi-nationals and wins numerous plaudits for his inspiring presentations (www.lawrencelemmy.co.uk). He relates this experience through his business self-help books. His talent as a writer and passion for English prose also manifests itself powerfully in his thought provoking, heartrending novel ‘Message from Joshua’. Raised in the Cotswolds Philip now lives in the New Forest, UK.