I was interested as Emily lived in Halifax West Yorkshire - having lived in Halifax and Heptonstall I was drawn to this. This book is set in the 30s - Emily has a very strict father and although she wants to marry Walter, as you guess the father is not consenting. He comes across as a nasty man but Emily in intent on her desire to get married and a war is looming. Emily and Walter set sail for a honeymoon in the United States. They are enjoying life together until they get caught up in Britain in WWII. Then the bombs start falling in Britain and the story is told by Emily and the female perspective of the war.
I found this a really interesting story of life in World War Two and I would recommend it.
Jane Brown, A LoveReading Ambassador
THE GIRL WHO DISAPPEARED a fact based historical novel Britain in the 1930s; a novel inspired by real events; eloping. 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. Emily’s 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 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 woman’s enduring resilience, a story full of quiet humour and surprising twists and turns.
|Publication date:||14th January 2020|
|Publisher:||Clink Street Publishing|
|Primary Genre||Indie Author Books|
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The story begins with Emily and her boyfriend Will telling her parents that they are going to be married soon when she is 21. The couple ends up eloping and then travel to America where Will has a scholarship for Harvard.
The story begins with Emily and her boyfriend Will telling her parents that they are going to be married soon when she is 21. The couple ends up eloping and then travel to America where Will has a scholarship for Harvard. We then follow the couple travelling back to England where Will takes up a job in a bank. Emily is left looking after their baby while Will decides that he must leave his job to take his part in the War.
Although the story is mostly centred on Emily and her struggle to cope without Will, we are given a brief insight into what Will did during the war and also events that happened to Richard, their son as he was growing up.