Author – Julie Ryan. Julie was born and brought up in a mining village near Barnsley in South Yorkshire. She graduated with a BA (Hons) in French Language and Literature from Hull University. Since then she has lived and worked as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language in France, Greece, Poland and Thailand. She now lives in rural Gloucestershire with her husband, son and a rescue cat. She is so passionate about books that her collection is now threatening to outgrow her house, much to her husband’s annoyance, as she can’t bear to get rid of any! They have been attempting to renovate their home for the last ten years.
She is the author of the Greek Island Mystery series, Jenna’s Journey, Sophia’s Secret and Pandora’s Prophecy, each of which can be read as a standalone. Her latest book, Finding Rose, is a new departure for her as it is set against the backdrop of WW1 and has a strong link to the Tudor Court.
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Pages – 292
The Blurb – When three sisters, Ginny, Sally and Molly are brought together at their father’s hospital bed, they are forced to confront not only the prospect of a future without him but also the secrets of the past that have kept them apart.
Their father Eddie Matthews, drugged up on morphine, seems to be rambling but could he in fact be reliving previous lives as a Tudor monk and as a soldier on the Front in WW1. Struggling to speak he reveals he has a secret and urges his daughters to ‘Find Rose’. Can the sisters put aside their difference to fulfil his last wish?
Today is my stop on the Finding Rose blog tour many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity.
My thoughts – This is an interesting book told from many points of view. The story follows three sisters and how they cope with the impending death of their father. No longer close they all think their own lives, are not as good as those of the other siblings. It takes this family tragedy for them to realise that they all have their secrets.
Interwoven with this story, are two others. One is that of a monk in 1539 who survives his monastery being burnt down. He is left with nothing but a ring. The other is that of Matthew a young man who lies about his age to get enlisted to fight in the first World War. Injured, he returns home, struggling to cope with his memories and loss. How do these two stories link to the three sisters and their father? Has their dad been keeping secrets from them? What will they do when he urges them to ‘Find Rose’? Weighed down by their own lives will Rose prove to be the biggest secret of all?
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This book counts towards my British Book Challenge