Historical fiction is my favourite genre, fact. So when I was asked to review The Blue Bench which is set in a local town I was double excited!
Margate 1920 The Great War is over but Britain is still to find peace and its spirit is not yet mended. Edward and William have returned from the front as changed men. Together they have survived grotesque horrors and remain haunted by memories of comrades who did not come home. The summer season in Margate is a chance for them to rebuild their lives and reconcile the past. Evelyn and Catherine are young women ready to live to live life to the full. Their independence has been hard won and, with little knowledge of the cost of their freedom, they are ready to face new challenges side by side. Can they define their own future and open their hearts to the prospect of finding love? Will the summer of 1920 be a turning point for these new friends and the country?
About the author
Paul grew up in a west London suburb and now lives in Berkshire with his wife and two children. He is passionate about music, sport and, most of all, writing, on which he now concentrates full-time. Paul has written four novels and his primary literary ambition is that you enjoy reading them while he is hard at work on the next one (but still finding time to play drums with Redlands and Rags 2 Riches).
The cover is inviting and intriguing and the book itself is long; but don’t let that put you off – the author has an exciting way of writing, weaving fact and fiction together and describing the setting and characters perfectly.
It’s quite involved – definitely one to read on your own with no distractions and it’s emotional, heart-wrenching yet fabulous. I don’t want to give any of the story away but this was a really hard-going yet enjoyable read. It ticked all the boxes for me and I cried at the end – the true sign of a good read.
Of course living so close to Margate myself it made it that extra bit special for me, it’s going on my shelf with my other favourite reads as I’d love to read it again and again. Excited to see what the future holds for the author and future books 🙂