Friday, 20 November 2015

Living in the Shadows

Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: 16 July 2015
Publisher:  Honno Welsh Women’s Press
It's 1969 and Mary Schormann is living quietly in Wales with her ex-POW husband, Peter, and her teenage twins, Richard and Victoria.

Her niece, Linda Booth, is a nurse - following in Mary's footsteps - and works in the maternity ward of her local hospital in Lancashire.

At the end of a long night shift, a bullying new father visits the maternity ward and brings back Linda's darkest nightmares, her terror of being locked in. Who is this man, and why does he scare her so?

There are secrets dating back to the war that still haunt the family, and finding out what lies at their root might be the only way Linda can escape their murderous consequences.

Sequel to the acclaimed Changing Patterns and Pattern of Shadows:

"Judith Barrow has not written an ordinary romance but a book that deals with important issues which are still relevant today... an excellent debut novel."
Historical Novels Review

"Judith Barrow has written, with great intensity of emotions, an absorbing saga..."

"well-paced, gritty love story"
Western Mail

"An unforgettable debut novel - perfectly paced"
Menna Elfyn

"Barrow's thoughtful and atmospheric novel shines a light on the shadowy corners of family life..."
Lancashire Evening Post

"a gripping read."
Tivyside Advertiser

About Judith Barrow
Judith Barrow has lived in Pembrokeshire for thirty years. She is the author of three novels, and has published poetry and short fiction, winning several poetry competitions, as well as writing three children's books and a play performed at the Dylan Thomas Centre. Judith grew up in the Pennines, has degrees in literature and creative writing and makes regular appearances at literary festivals.

3 copies of the book (open internationally)

Living in the ShadowsLiving in the Shadows by Judith Barrow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

We catch up with Mary in book 3. She lives with her husband and twin boys in their teenage years in Wales.

Mary niece has followed Mary's footsteps and also works in a hospital in the caring profession. She is a Midwife.

One night an incident happens with a chap who has just become a new Father, this brings back heaps of memories that really shock her.

This book is the next generation of the Howard family, its now in the 1960's.

As with all families there are secrets, buried secrets which we know eventually come to the surface, and there is drama, plenty of drama to keep your interest.

This series has reminded me of something, if you live in the UK there used to be a family saga, Family at War, its got that 'feel' about it.

I really enjoyed this series and would be looking to read any of this authors books again.

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