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Not being the sort of person who enjoys reading about wars or conflicts of any sort I was in two minds about the book I will now review, the only thing that swung me was the fact there was the promise of love affairs thrown in!
The book I will now review is "For all our tomorrows" by Freda Lightfoot.
This book displays on the front cover the landing of thousands upon thousands of American marines onto an unsuspecting town called Fowey in Cornwall.
The friendly invasion happens barely a few months before victory is called in the second world war.
The town of Fowey was deemed as the perfect camp for all military personnel due to the fact it is the most thought of place for an invasion by the Germans and their associates.
The story is told from the perspective of two sisters, the first is Bette Tredinnick who is the younger of the two.
Footloose and fancy free, she is woman who considers herself completely in control of her emotions, knowing she will marry to the best of her ability, and in doing so securing herself a happy and comfortable future.
The elder of the two is Sara, already married with two young children, herself and her husband Hugh run the local bar.
Sara is a downtrodden wife with a bully for a husband, the majority of the time she is bowing and scraping to keep the volatile Hugh sated.
Everything was to change upon the arrival of the American's, when they descend upon Fowey they are treated as hero's, bearing in mind most of the newcomers have barely seen combat and are waiting there for further instructions.
Within minutes of the marines parading through the town, Bette secured herself a date with a particularly handsome young man named Chad, who after spinning Bette a yarn, telling her he has slightly more money and property than he actually has, ends up having a whirlwind romance.
Sara on the other hand meets her "love interest", by nearly getting run over by him while he was driving a tank back to their base camp.
Sara and Charles are immediately attracted, Charles not taking more than 20 pages before professing his love for her, Sarah is of course though, married, so is not available.
Her husband Hugh discovers the attraction and sets out to completely crush her spirit, tying her to him forever.
Bette ends up bound for America as a war bride, but when she gets there a tragedy has occurred, that will change hers and her unborn babies life forever.
Will they get their "happy ever afters"? or will they get real life, I more than recommend you read this book to obtain the conclusion for yourselves!
This book is wonderful! This book actually made me laugh with the antics of the marines and the local girls, who drifted to them like a moth to a light, it made me so angry the way Sara gets treated by her husband, at points I was willing this fictional character with all my heart to go to Charles.
But mostly it made me cry, on more than one occasion to. The stories of these brave young men full of life and joy, who after one particular invasion of France, had there souls taken from them, and a great many had more than that taken.
Reading the change in the men's characters after seeing the atrocities of war is heartbreaking, but the joy of reading the camaraderie between them in the face of adversity, not only brings hope but shows the true strength of these wonderful men and women.
Would I recommend this book........ What do you think! This book has it all, love, romance, comedy, tragedy and even espionage, I know even I was shocked by the spy content, not the sort of story development I was expecting!
This book was purchased second hand from my beloved library sale for the sum of 20p.
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Thanks for reading x