How do you rebuild a life from the ashes of despair?
London 1958. Twenty-six-year-old Betty Fisher is one of the first to join the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and attend its inaugural meeting, where she meets John Harris. Posted to Berlin towards the end of the war, John has been left traumatised by his experiences in Germany. And, as his initial admiration for Betty shifts into an overwhelming need to protect her, he is plagued by flashbacks and fantasies. John’s increasing fragility brings to the surface Betty's own memories. And soon her past, too, begins to unravel…
‘Beautifully crafted, elegantly written, with characters to root for – I loved this heart-stopping tale.’ - Saskia Sarginson, author of The Bench
‘A riveting drama in the lingering shadows of the Second World War: the inherited, the lived, the choices made and the secrets they bring.’ - Cecilia Ekbäck, author of The Historians
‘I found myself lost in the world that Mary Chamberlain creates. Beautifully written, realistic on the human impact of war, with characters I fell in love with.’ - Louise Hare, author of This Lovely City
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The Forgotten by Mary Chamberlain is a fascinating, unique, and addictive historical fiction that I thoroughly enjoyed. This is the first book that I have read by Ms. Chamberlain and I have to say I am now a fan. This book is so complex and beautifully written. It interweaves between the years of WWII and post-war to unravel a story and reveal mysteries, secrets, and the true nature of the characters involved. This book shows, amongst many things, what extraordinary, and sometimes mundane, things and situations people had to do and were placed in during wartime. The espionage, the lies, the secrets, the sacrifices, the emotional and physical trauma…they were all experienced by what had been “ordinary” citizens before the war. That is all well and good, but what happens to these individuals afterwards, the citizens that are still alive? What happens to fractured families? The survivors of tragedies, losses, and injuries? How do they pick up the pieces and try to find a life afterwards? A life that cannot go back to how it was before knowing what they know now? How can they, should they, move on? That is what I feel this book covers with the narrative of these main characters. Nothing is what it seemed. This is a darker, more introspective look at the years after the war and happened at least to this particular character cast with these challenges. I really enjoyed it. 5/5 stars Thank you NG and OneWorld Publications for this wonderful arc and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion. I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately (as of 6/23/21 no BB listing has been created ) and will post it to my Amazon, Instagram, and B&N accounts upon publication.