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My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You

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Nadine and Riley, only eighteen when the war starts, and with problems of their own already, want above all to make promises – but how can they when the future is not in their hands? I found the chapters depiciting Riley's time on the battlefield to be particularly difficult to get through. The casualties of war are not only the physical injuries but the mental ones, both on those who fought and those left behind.

The internal monologues got a bit tedious after a while - long blocks of italicised text as Captain Purefoy and ors debate internally this or that traumatic war-related issue they’re having. L'auteur a un talent réel pour décrire les sentiments et les émotions des différents personnages et on ne peut que montrer une empathie totale avec eux. Until I was almost half way through this book, I was thinking There's not much point in reading this, as the title says it all.Nonostante il boom editoriale in Europa, noto che in Italia non sono in molti ad averlo sentito nominare. Unusually for me I can remember scenes and plots in vivid detail, which is definitely the sign of a good book.

Voor de liefhebbers van Oorlog en terpentijn 'Als je één boek over de gevolgen van de Eerste Wereldoorlog leest, laat het dan dit zijn. Well, what did happen to the traditionally brought-up women who lost all hope of marriage, because all the young men are dead? I have read very little about The Great War, so I cannot make good comparisons in literature about this era. To recover he is sent to the Queen's Hospital in Sidcup where Rose Locke is his nurse, under the pioneering (and non-fictional) plastic surgeon, Major Harold Gillies. A couple of reviewers here were QUITE put off by a one-paragraph description of gay sex and the occasional use of the "f word.The love stories are varied and bring out the contrasts in the way different people deal with situations and with the people closest to themselves. Daarvoor, toen de wereld nog zo anders was, is Nadine Waveney in een uitspatting van verliefdheid met haar jeugdliefde Riley Purefoy getrouwd. It’s not your will, your desire, your willingness to fight on—it’s a separate part of you, but it’s one they don’t understand yet, because they never yet put this much on a soldier. This novel had several moments full of hollowness and heartbreak, not heartbreak in the sense of romance but of hope.

It was followed by two sequels, The Heroes' Welcome and Devotion, and a memoir, You Left Early: A True Story of Love and Alcohol, about her relationship with the composer Robert Lockhart. The writing style is very pleasurable to read, beautifully wordy and almost a touch indulgent - but I like that.At the end of the book I was thrilled to find she has continued their story in her book, The Heroes' Welcome. Meanwhile, Nadine and Riley’s bonds are tested as well by a terrible injury and the imperfect rehabilitation that follows it, as both couples struggle to weather the storm of war that rages about them.

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