In a world destroyed by war, can hope survive?
Summer 1918: Young couple Amy and Edmond Derwent, after their experiences on the front line of battle – Edmond as an officer and Amy as a VAD in France – have now settled back in England and are starting to build a life as a family, with the arrival of baby Beth bringing them much-needed joy. But while she may have married into the wealthy Derwent family, now living with her in-laws in their grand home, Amy’s modest upbringing means that she is never truly accepted by Edmond’s family.
The Great War rages on, and while the men are off fighting, those left at home steel themselves for tragic news, praying that their loved ones return safely.
Edmond, still struggling with the effects of the injury he sustained at Ypres, feels the guilt of remaining at home while his friends are sent into battle. But life at Larchbury is not without its own problems – as food becomes scarce, and the Spanish Influenza causes deaths throughout England, tragedy strikes closer to home and it seems no one is safe from heartbreak.
Can Amy and Edmond keep their love strong, even in a world crumbling all around them?
A captivating family saga set in WW1 about the power of love amongst the heartbreak of war – if you like Rosie Goodwin, Katie Flynn and Val Wood, you’ll be swept away by this engrossing, emotional novel.
Set during the first world war, the author gives a real sense of what life was like back then. Through Amy and Edmond, we see the day to day life of dealing with the threat of being under attack whilst trying to get on with every day life. Not easy with Edmond not fully recovered from a war injury and Amy with her first dealings of motherhood.
Whilst part of a saga, I haven’t actually had the pleasure of reading the previous novel. It didn’t matter to much as there is enough background given so I knew what I needed to without feeling lost or as if I had missed something.
The author has lots going on with the war itself, as well as home life and Amy and Edmund trying to do their bit in the war effort. This obviously sees the characters under a certain amount of strain and if that isn’t enough, tragedy is never far away with a war going on.
Until The War Is Over is a gentle read that captivated my mind. Who doesn’t enjoy a good family saga and seeing other peoples problems, rather than their own? Amy and Edmund are a lovely couple who has you routing for them and am interested to see what the author has in store for them next.
My thanks to Hera Books and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Until The War Is Over is available to purchase from Amazon.
Rosemary Goodacre is thrilled to have a three book deal with Hera Books. Her World War I romance Until We Meet Again was published on 31/10/19.
Previously Rosemary has had a novella published, entitled A Fortnight is not Enough, and a science fiction story in the anthology Telescoping Time.
Rosemary has always loved languages and travel, mainly in Europe. In her spare time she enjoys country walking, bridge and classical music. She lives in Kent, England.