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Added on: 10th January, 2020 by James_51151


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Fri, 10 January 2020

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Orpingtonians may be interested in James Lingard's new historical novel, The Girl Who Disappeared which will be launched both as a paperback and an eBook on the 14th January. Set in 1930s Britain; and inspired by real events, chapters 6, 7 and 8 are set in Petts Wood in 1935 to 1940.

Emily falls passionately in love with working class Walter, despite fierce opposition from her class conscious father. She sees marriage as a partnership of equals and resolves to elope to escape such a male dominated society.

Emilyís actions will see her struggle to survive the subsequent devastation brought about by the war, as she and her four year old son are thrown into the midst of danger and death. The family experience rationing and the terror of bombing. Their air raid shelter in Petts Wood is destroyed by a direct hit.

When Walter volunteers for the army, Emily and her son are evacuated to a rat infested cottage in a farming community near Hebden Bridge. The war changes Walter into an efficient army officer who demands to be obeyed. Emily worries that she might have a rival for his affections. How can she restore their loving relationship?

The Girl Who Disappeared is a moving love story about one womanís enduring resilience, a story full of quiet humour and surprising twists and turns.

Two five star Goodreads reviews comment:

'A very well written WWII era historical fiction romance book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment.'

'Wow! What a good book Iíve read to day. A very well written story that Iím very happy to recommend.'

Two four star Library Thing reviews comment:

'I liked this story, and would rate it 4 out of 5 stars, and one that I can quite easily describe as `hard to put down`. --- ' It provides a very well-defined, and at times frightening view of life in Britain during World War II.'

'James brought their lives to life and you experienced their reality. --- Keep up the good work, you made that period of English and WWII history so much more real to me.'

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