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The Lives She Left Behind

by James Long

eBooks of the Month Family Drama Relationship Stories Sagas and Romance

LoveReading View on The Lives She Left Behind

Ferney was one of my all time favourite books of the year it was published, 1998. It tells of a love through the ages, a tale of reincarnation, passion, longing, history and mystery. This is its sequel. Extraordinary. You do not have to have read Ferney first but I would highly recommend that you do so. This is a modern day love story bound up in the memory of past lives. It brilliantly brings together all the loose threads to a fulfilling conclusion that leaves a shiver down your back. To reunite the characters again, James Long has a school out, an archaeological dig, a busy mother and a mystified teacher all there to join up Ferney and Gally. You’ll find it difficult to put down.

In a recent interview with The Bookseller, James Long explained that it had been a challenge writing a sequel to Ferney  that would also work as a standalone novel for new readers. Long said that "you either bore people with the complexity of the scenario who already know about it, or you baffle them." Happily for us, after the first drafts, he hit upon a clever solution...

One of our Books of the Year 2013.

Sarah Broadhurst

The Lives She Left Behind Synopsis

One of the most brilliant timeslip novels ever written,The Lives She Left Behind will appeal to fans of The Time Traveller's Wife and Life After Life- and, of course, Ferney. In a Somerset village, a teenage boy confronts a teacher with a story he should know nothing about. The boy's impossible knowledge uncovers memories Michael Martin has done his utmost to forget - and soon propels him into danger. As Martin confronts his past once more, three girls arrive in the village of Pen Selwood, one of them drawn by an ancient instinct to find a man called Ferney. Her actions reignite a love story, an instinct that cannot be broken, irrespective of the hurt and danger it brings to those around them...A passionate love story that spans the centuries, fall under the spell of Ferney and Gally's enduring romance.

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ISBN: 9781471143151
Publication date: 19/05/2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781780878539
Publication date: 07/11/2013
Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
Format: Paperback

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Publication date: 27/09/2012
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Book Information

ISBN: 9781471143151
Publication date: 19th May 2016
Author: James Long
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 480 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Reading Groups, Relationship Stories, Sagas and Romance,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About James Long

James Long was a BBC TV news correspondent until the end of the 1980s. After two years starting and running an international TV station out of Zurich, he returned to England to concentrate on writing, which had always been his first love. He wrote four thrillers, then went back to a story he had begun many years earlier and which grew into Ferney. The book was originally born from his disappointment at being unable to buy a derelict cottage he had found near the village of Penselwood and that house became the centre of the story. Many more novels followed, ...

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