Today I’m featuring Walking Wounded written by Anna Franklin Osborne. Walking Wounded follows a family from the end of the First World War and through to the 1950’s.
The story follows a family living in London; from tragedy to joy, marriage to death, we follow their stories during one of the most horrendous times known to us.
I immediately fell into this book, the language and descriptions are perfect for my reading tastes. I love the deep descriptions of people and their surroundings, the well-written dialogue and unspoken words shown through action and inaction. The writing is simply stunning.
The characters are all so well written, each with their own worries and experiences to empathise with. I immediately loved May, her complex situation and her pride simply made me want to take care of her. Pride usually makes me feel annoyed, but May is written in such a way that you just want to rescue her from all the dangers of her husband, Jimmy.
I also adored Stanley and Millie too, their relationship the epitome of romance. The delicate relationship between them made me feel fuzzy inside, their connection in the early days pure beauty and light.
There are parts of the book that made me cry; several times completely off-guard tears fell from my eyes. I think it’s an incredible skill to catch a reader in the moment, to provoke emotions in such a way that you’re suddenly in the moment with the character(s) and nothing can stop it. I am very interested in both wars, but particularly WWII, so this book was perfect reading material for me, even with the emotional roller-coasters!
I adored reading this book; it moved me beyond words. It made me realise how lucky I am, how much people went through, devastated by war and ravished by sorrow. I think this is a beautiful book, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.
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Disclosure: I received this book in exchange for review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.