Release date - 30th September 2016
Book length - 180 pages
Available on - www.amazon.com | www.amazon.co.uk
Born at the end of the First World War, a young girl struggles to find her own identity in her big family and is pushed into a stormy marriage through a terrible misunderstanding from which her pride refuses to let her back down. As her own personal world begins to crumble, the foundation of the world around her is shaken as Germany once again declares war and her brothers and young husband sign up with the first wave of volunteers.
Walking Wounded tells the story of those left behind in a Blitz-ravaged London, and of the web of loyalty, guilt and duty that shapes the decisions of the women awaiting the return of their men-folk as the war draws to a close.
Spanning the period from the Armistice of the First World War to the exodus of the Ten Pound Poms to Australia in the 1950s, Walking Wounded is a family saga whose internal violence is mirrored by the world stage upon which it is set.
WALKING WOUNDED by Anna Franklin Osborne is a deeply moving, emotional tale about family, love, and loss during war-time England. From World War I to World War II we follow the lives of one family of siblings as they endeavour to live their lives while carnage rages around them. While some of the men suffer the horrors of war as soldiers, we also get to feel the sacrifices and horrors that face those that are left behind to carry on and pick up the pieces, waiting for their men to return home. The characters of May and Lydia stood out to me as they both struggle with what is happening in their personal lives as they fight to find a way through the darkness that engulfs them both in different ways. Stanley is another character who gripped me from the beginning. A sensitive artist, who will not give up until the enemy is destroyed in its entirety, Stanley portrays the anguish and despair that soldiers have to live with, and while he finds solace in his wife's arms and his art, we understand that many soldiers were unable to handle the after-effects of war. The violence and destruction of the war are echoed throughout the novel in the viciousness of everyday life that some of the characters are trapped in because this book isn't just about the war. It is about everyday life, making mistakes, and trying to live with your decisions. But at the heart of it all is a family that loves each other whole-heartedly, no matter what happens, no matter where they are, a secure place to fall when everything else is crumbling around you. WALKING WOUNDED by Anna Franklin Osborne is a novel that will make you cry, and make you appreciate life, and I highly recommend it to all fiction and historical readers.
BOOK RATING - 📖📖📖📖📖 5
Anna Franklin Osborne lives in a village in The New Forest with her husband, two children, and ever-increasing menagerie of animals, where she practises as a chiropractor in the local GP surgery as well as teaching at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic. Over the past five years she has increasingly explored her long-held desires to write and to sing; and as well as singing with the Chicken Soup Choir, she has written a number of short stories. Walking Wounded is her first novel, inspired by the lives of her grandmother and her Great Auntie Lil and catalysed by walking on the D-Day beaches telling her children about her great-uncles who were part of that Longest Day.
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