In this Foreign Land
winner of the RNA Joan Hessayon award 2022
by Suzie Hull
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Pub Date 25 Nov 2021 | Archive Date Not set
'I beg of you this one thing – that if I should perish here, in this foreign land, that you will look after her.'
March, 1914. When talented artist Isobel embarks on a journey to Egypt, it's to reunite her best friend Alice with her husband, Wilfred - and to use the stunning sights of Cairo as inspiration for her own paintings.
A whirlwind romance was the last thing she expected, but when Isobel meets Wilfred's handsome brother, Edward, neither can deny the strong connection between them - especially when unexpected tragedy strikes, leaving them all reeling.
Just as they get to grips with their grief, WW1 erupts, and the lovers are forced to separate. They promise to meet again in London. But when Edward is listed as 'missing - presumed dead' just weeks after landing in France, Isobel is devastated, unmarried and on the brink of ruin. She has only one way to save her honour... but it means betraying the love she holds so dear.
A heartrending and thrilling WW1 romance, In This Foreign Land is the stunning new debut from Suzie Hull, for fans of Kate Hewitt, Shirley Dickson and Kate Eastham.
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A heart wrenchingly good read, this epic love story is masterfully handled by the author.
Beautiful light touch description that sets the scenes and locations perfectly, whilst not impacting the pace. The dialogue adds to the richness and the credibility of the characters and the depiction of family relationships is superbly executed.
Most of all though this is a cracking good story and an excellent read. I devoured it in three sittings and found myself racing to the end, whilst also not wanting it to finish. I absolutely loved it and can't wait to read more from the author.
This was really good. A well written historical romance that captures all the intense feelings that go with lovers being separated. Communication was only possible through physical letters. The war was at the center of this novel and was filled with unknowns and death.
I got so emotional reading (which means I loved the writing). Things were happening, (scream) and I was holding my breath, praying that things would work out. !! How strong is their love? Will it survive all of this? Hopefully.
If you like a good historical romance then this is the book for you. Highly recommend.
Thanks Orion Dash via NetGalley.
In This Foreign Land is a beautifully told epic love story. The writing is superb and the descriptions brought everything to life in my mind as I read. The dialogue is great and very realistic of the era and the characters are fully formed. The plot is well executed and I really enjoyed reading this debut novel by Suzie Hull and look forward to reading more of her work.
We always begin these reviews by stating that I actually don't read this genre a lot. There's times I feel like I'm doing the author a disservice by saying this- as if telling their audience I can't really judge the book. This is even more apparent in cases like this, where I adore a book so much and think about it for so long after reading!
I read and devoured this book in small chunks as I wanted to truly savour it, knowing that from the off I was all in for the story of vibrant character Isobel, who is very much restrained by the norms of the time she's living in. I fell for Isobel straight away and rooted for the journey she went on, including a physical journey that was so tangible it truly transported me away. I adored this book- the settings, the attention to vivid detail, the gorgeous romance. Very much recommended and one I'll be shouting about!
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