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Title: A Last Goodbye
Author: Dee Yates
Published: May 1st, 2018
Set on a sheep farm in a remote part of Scotland, this story is about a young girl, Ellen, and her father, Duncan, during the First World War. It tells how she met her future husband, explores their relationship and how life changes with the advent of war and the building of a reservoir and the necessary infrastructure in the area. It is a tale of the harsh realities of life in those times for those left behind and for some prisoners of war in that area.
This is a story exploring relationships, dreams, expectations and futures. Sometimes your dreams can be nightmares . . . . and at others they can be your hopes fulfilled. This is a very different historical romance, with plenty of angst, turmoil and drama. The local community is well portrayed, too, and there’s more than one romance to read about in this! I suspect this may be given 5* reviews by others but I just didn’t quite connect with the characters and found myself wanting to speed up the pace at times. It’s a good job we don’t all enjoy the same things – give this book a go and you’ll probably love it! The ending shows how Ellen has matured and grown during the story and is now willing to take opportunities for love.
I requested and was given a copy of this novel, via NetGalley, with no obligation. This is my honest review of the book after choosing to read it.
A heart-breaking saga set against the backdrop of World War 1, perfect for all fans of Katie Flynn.
In a remote hill farm in beautiful Scotland, Ellen and her father Duncan are enjoying a peaceful life away from the belching mills and hustle and bustle of the growing towns. In time they’re joined by rugged farmhand Tom, come to lend some muscle to Ellen’s ageing father, who has begun to find sheep farming hard to manage alone. Almost inevitably romance grows between Ellen and the new arrival but once married however, Ellen discovers that Tom has a brutish side to his character. As war in Europe spreads, she begins to dream of him leaving for the trenches as a way for her to escape.
Even with Tom fighting abroad however, the family can not hide from the realities of war as a group of POWs are brought to their valley to build a reservoir. And amongst the men, sworn enemies and shunned by all the locals, Ellen finds a gentler heart that she finds difficult to resist…
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