Release date - 8th June 2018
Book length - 303 pages
Publisher - Self-Published
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ABOUT THE BOOK
WW2 has been declared. A strange find on the beach gives Mary Rosie the chance to fulfil her dreams and contribute to her country, but all is not what she imagined.
After witnessing the first bomb to be dropped on mainland Britain, Mary watches her friends leave to join the forces and longs to be with them, but is held back by loyalty to her widowed mother.
France has capitulated. Johnny Allan’s regiment has been annihilated by German troops. Johnny has to evade capture and somehow
get home to the girl who no longer waits for him.
Liesel is a German Jew who lost her family to the Nazis and has to make her way in Britain, a strange new country, while harbouring a desire for revenge.
Their lives become entangled in a way that no one could have envisaged.
A story about war, family ties, love, loyalty and loss.
MARY ROSIE'S WAR by Catherine M. Byrne is an emotional story of love, loss, and the ties that bind you to family.
World War II has begun and as Mary Rosie watches everyone around become embroiled in action and play their part, she yearns to do her bit and be involved. But her mother needs her, has always needed her, and she feels torn between what she wants and loyalty to those who need her. But when she stumbles across something unexpected, it will turn her onto an unexpected path, while in France Johnny Allan tries to escape his enemies and return home, and a stranger arrives at her new home in Britain determined to seek justice for those she has lost.
This story follows Mary Rosie, Johnny and Liesel as their lives become tangled up in unexpected ways, the plot never gets too slow and remains interesting from beginning to end. The characters are fascinating and overall I found MARY ROSIE'S WAR by Catherine M. Byrne to be a steady, solid read.
Catherine Byrne always wanted to be a writer. She began at the age of eight by drawing comic strips with added dialogue and later, as a teenager, graduated to poetry. Her professional life however, took a very different path. She first studied glass engraving with Caithness Glass where she worked for fourteen years. During that time she also worked as a foster parent. After the birth of her youngest child she changed direction, studying and becoming a chiropodist with her own private practice. At the same time she did all the administration work for her husband's two businesses, and this continued until the death of her husband in 2005. However she still maintained her love of writing, and has had several short stories published in women's magazines. Her main ambition was to write novels and she has now retired in order to write full time.
Born and brought up until the age of nine on the Island of Stroma, she heard many stories from her grandparents about the island life of a different generation. Her family moved to the mainland at a time when the island was being depopulated, although it took another ten years before the last family left.
An interest in geology, history and her strong ties to island life have influenced her choice of genre for her novels.
Since first attending the AGM of the Scottish Association of Writers in 1999, Catherine has won several prizes, commendations and has been short-listed both for short stories and chapters of her novels. In 2009, she won second prize in the general novel category for ‘Follow The Dove’
In 2016 The Road to Nowhere won second prize in the Barbara Hammond competition for Best Self Published novel. The follow up, Isa’s Daughter won 1st prize in the same competition the following year.
Although the books follow the fortunes of the same family, they are all stand-alone.
The fifth book in the Raumsey series is Mary Rosie’s War.
Catherine Byrne lives in Wick, Caithness.
For more information:
Website - www.catherinebyrne-author.com
Twitter - twitter.com/Katrine66
Facebook - www.facebook.com/FollowTheDove/
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