Today is my spot on the blog tour for The Photographer of the Lost.
A historical fiction read based during World War I, the story jumps between two timelines 5 years apart.
Harry and his two brothers all signed up for service and this follows them through the trenches and tells the story of then and after the trauma of the battlefield.
I read this at a slower pace to savour and visualise how it must have been for these young lads on the frontline. The book envokes all your senses as it describes the feelings, noise and smells. The description are vivid in both timelines so you can imagine the scenes both before and after the devastation of war.
When Harry visits the town’s and their graveyards for the fallen to capture photos for their families back home, it took me back to when I visited Ypres many years ago.
A story that will move you and help you remember the men who fought for our country.
1921. Families are desperately trying to piece together the fragments of their broken lives. While many survivors of the Great War have been reunited with their loved ones, Edie’s husband Francis has not come home. He is considered ‘missing in action’, but when Edie receives a mysterious photograph taken by Francis in the post, hope flares. And so she begins to search.
Harry, Francis’s brother, fought alongside him. He too longs for Francis to be alive, so they can forgive each other for the last things they ever said. Both brothers shared a love of photography and it is that which brings Harry back to the Western Front. Hired by grieving families to photograph gravesites, as he travels through battle-scarred France gathering news for British wives and mothers, Harry also searches for evidence of his brother.
And as Harry and Edie’s paths converge, they get closer to a startling truth.
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About the Author
Caroline completed a PhD in History at the University of Durham. She developed a particular interest in the impact of the First World War on the landscape of Belgium and France, and in the experience of women during the conflict – fascinations that she was able to pursue while she spent several years working as a researcher for a Belgian company. Caroline is originally from Lancashire, but now lives in southwest France.
Many thanks to Anne Cater at Random Things Through My Letterbox for the invite to take part on the blog tour, please remember to like and share to spread the book love on publication day!