Max sat up with a sob so violent that it made his whole body shake. He blinked in the dimness, taking in his surroundings, trying to fathom where he was. His heart was pounding against his ribs, the blood pulsating in his temples, the sensations he had felt so vividly still reverberating through him like the aftershock of an earthquake. Gradually, he began to realize that he was no longer on a battlefield but in his bed in Battersea, South London. Little by little, the grey light of dawn illuminated the pictures on the wall, the cherrywood dresser, the upholstered chair, and finally, the woman sleeping beside him. His breathing grew calmer. The sweat cooled on his brow and the sensations of fear and panic began to evaporate like mist. The black and white images receded, but the bewilderment remained, with the faint smell of cordite; he’d had this dream before, many times, as a boy. Why was he having it again now as a twenty-five-year-old man?

Chapter 6, Page 88

In a nutshell

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In 1944 Rupert Dash is declared missing during the battle of Arnhem and presumed dead and his wife Florence can’t accept that he’s gone from her life forever. 51 years later she receives a letter from someone she has never met. This stranger says he remembers a life that belonged to another before him.

Book Club Notes

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Reading the back jacket of this book, I had an idea of what the story would be. Once I got started, I quickly forgot the assumptions and got heavily drawn in. This is a romance come drama come mystery. It might not be the most unpredictable, but it does captivate your attention and you’ll be holding on till the last page. The concept behind the story is interesting, especially considering it is based on a true story and once you read about it in the Author’s note at the back, you’ll think about it with new eyes.

Read If

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You love romantic Novels with sad storylines and an esoteric angle.

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Rating

6
Storyline – 8/10
Writing – 7/10
Character Development – 7/10
Plot Twist – 3/10
Shareability – 7/10
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6.0Overall Score
A note on our book ratings

Storyline: How good is the storyline? Is it believable and complex or does it make you shake your head in its ridiculousness?

Writing: How well written is the book? Do you find yourself wowed by the writing or unimpressed?

Character Development: Do the characters evolve and grow through the book and are they multi-dimensional?

Plot Twist: Where you able to predict the end, or did the author give you some surprises along the way to keep you on your toes?

Shareability: How likely are you to share the book?

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