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Flo struggles to raise her son Tom in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Being on her own, Tom is the most important person in Flo’s life. When she loses him during World War Two, she doesn’t know how she will be able to continue her life without him. At the end of the war, when everyone must pick up the pieces of their former lives, Flo keeps Tom close to her and begins to find out things about his life that even she was not aware of. Her friends find her actions obsessive and worry about her health.
There is a lot to like about this book. There are many vignettes told through the eyes of Tom and his mother. They are well described, and it is easy to remember or imagine, depending on your age, the world as it was then. The novel passes through decades at quite a pace and I thought that, at times, it was almost too fast, particularly in the second half of the book.
I enjoyed discovering information about these characters and how Flo really begins to discover more about the son she thought she knew so well. Was Flo obsessive or was it Tom’s job to guide her through her loneliness?
Lynn Johnson, A LoveReading Ambassador
Everyone wanted a piece of Tom. Kate certainly did. She reckoned just one more night and it would have been a different story. If she could have rekindled his childhood infatuation she would have made sure he put in for an Officer's commission. Maybe then he wouldn't have died a foot soldier's death in 1944 crouching behind a doomed Mk. 4 Churchill tank. Vera had Tom to herself for two whole years. Or so she thought. She bore him twin sons though he went to his warrior's grave never knowing. But if he never knew, who was the faceless spectre in the shadows at his eldest son's wedding? Then there was Tom's mother Flo. She simply couldn't let him die. She'd struggled too hard as a lone parent in the hungry 1930s to let him go. Their paranormal relationship continued for 40 years after his earthly death. This story puts the fragments together - and discovers the true persona of Tom Harman
|Publication date:||29th May 2015|
|Author:||J. H. Wallder|
|Primary Genre||Indie Author Books|