Published on: March 28th 2016
Published by: Self Published
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Samantha Foster and Jessica Brown are destined to meet. One lives in the twentieth century, the other in the twenty-first century
April 1916 and thousands of men have left home to fight in the war to end all wars. Jessica Brown’s father is about to be one of those men. A year later, he is still alive but Jess has to steal to keep her family from starving. And then a telegram arrives – her father has been killed in action.
Four generations later, Sam Foster’s father is admitted to a hospital’s intensive care unit with a suspected brain haemorrhage. A nurse asks if she would like to take her father’s hand. Sam refuses. All she wants is to get out of this place, stuck between the world of the living and the world of the dead, a place with no hope and no future, as quickly as possible.
As Sam’s father’s condition worsens, her dreams become more frequent – and more frightening. She realises that what she is experiencing is not a dream, but someone else’s living nightmare…
I’m not a massive fan of historical fiction and I very rarely read anything that is set before I was born. However this book really intrigued me and I loved the idea of this story taking place with these two girls who happen to be living in different times. And I am very happy to say that I was not disappointed in the slightest and I am so glad I took a chance on this book.
I really liked both Sam and Jessica in this book, both of their stories were emotional and engaging in their own ways and I found myself very easily connecting with both girls and getting to know more about them as the story progressed. If I had to choose I would probably say that Jessica’s story was my favourite, which was surprising for me as her part of the book was the historical, but I found her and her story especially interesting compared to Sam’s which I felt sometimes took a bit of a back seat.
The story flows well, for the most part, and I liked the format of the way it was written with alternating shorter chapters between the two times. I found myself constantly guessing to try and figure out the link between the two girls, and I have to say that I had no idea what the link would be and was pleasantly surprised when I discovered it. My only one grip would be that for such a well written book, the ending felt just a little too rushed for me, but otherwise this is a book that I would definitely recommend.
A unique and very well written debut novel. It made me read outside my comfort zone and I was surprised at how much I liked the historical part of this book.
I would recommend this book to fans of: historial fiction, war stories, stories that cross over time periods, young adult fiction, friendships