The Return by Anita Frank

Thank you HQ Books for the opportunity to read and review a digital review copy on NetGalley. I’m sharing a mini review today.


From the author of The Lost Ones, shortlisted for the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award and Historical Writers’ Association Debut Crown Award…

Jack Ellison’s war is over, but the battle for his family has just begun.

When Jack left for the war, he made a parting pledge to his pregnant bride, Gwen, that he would never return. It was, after all, best for everyone that he didn’t.

Now, as celebrations erupt for Victory in Europe, Gwen is terrified that Jack will renege on his promise, threatening the life she has built for herself and their son on the family farm.

But war has changed Jack, and he is coming home, determined to claim a place in Gwen’s life – and her heart.

As events of the past come back to haunt them, Jack and Gwen find themselves facing their greatest battle – and it is a fight neither of them can afford to lose.

In this sweeping historical story with huge heart, Anita Frank weaves a glorious tale of love and loss, secrets and promises.

My thoughts:

This is the first book I’ve read by Anita Frank and I’m looking forward to reading more in the future. Gwen and Jack take turns to share their stories, moving backwards and forwards between 1939 and 1945.

Jack has left his home city after tragic events led him to lose his temper. After saving Gwen from a spooked horse, he starts work on her family farm as the threat of war grows closer. Gwen has her own secrets and these come back to haunt her in 1945.

I enjoyed reading this historical fiction book, eager to find out what had happened in the past to Jack and how Gwen would cope after the War ended. The details about the farming during that era were fascinating – my grandpa worked at Kiveton Colliery but during the War he worked nights underground and on a local farm during the day. I found myself wondering which of the farming jobs he had done.

Happy to recommend this book. Have you read it?

By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum of teenagers. Adopter of dogs.

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