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  • Poignant and moving

    This is a wonderful multi-generational tale of love, betrayal, sacrifice and family. I was gripped trying to work out the exact details of the secret that had torn a family apart for 70 years.

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  • Will appeal to anyone who enjoys family sagas

    ‘The Returning Tide’ is the latest novel from American-born Cornish-based author, Liz Fenwick. It is a story which spans both the generations and the Atlantic. The bitter-sweet tale moves between the 1940s and 2016 and we see the action from the perspectives of Adele in the first person and Lara in the third person. Whilst the complex narrative must have been extremely difficult to write, the plot itself is fairly simple and not entirely original. Fenwick has a graceful and fluid writing style which draws her readers into her backdrops prior to placing her characters carefully into each scene. Adele is a confident, multi-faceted lady who on the surface has enjoyed the benefits of a strong marriage and has a loving family around her. However we know that she is plagued by painful ghosts from the past who will never leave her in peace. The author explores a range of human emotions; loyalty and love to betrayal and ultimately, hate. Adele’s torment and her inability to forgive and forget, has haunted her for years and it made for rather uncomfortable reading at times. We witness a scene at the beginning which confirms a happy ending will elude Adele, so it is with a sense of foreboding that we watch as her wartime relationship unfolds. At 467 pages, this novel is quite long but it did enable the author to develop her characters and play to her strengths. She clearly delighted in being able to weave her mother-in-law’s work as a WWII Wren telegraphist into her story and undoubtedly, this was a well-researched labour of love. Fenwick is a consummate professional and this story is very well-written. Whilst the revelations from the past are harrowing, there is rather a nice tidy ending which did lighten the mood. I think this work will appeal to anyone who enjoys family sagas. If you’re looking for a gritty tale full of raw emotion, you won’t be disappointed. I award ‘The Returning Tide’ four-and-a half stars.

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  • A thoroughly good book.

    I liked the author’s descriptive and imaginative style of writing, not saying everything but leaving the reader to complete the picture. The historical events added a lot of meat to the bones of the romantic story, and made it so interesting. Cornwall is my own home county so I was hooked from the first page! A thoroughly good book.

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  • Between past and present

    In het begin een beetje moeilijk om in te komen door de wisselingen in tijd en plaats met personen die je nog niet kent. Eenmaal in het verhaal kun je haast niet stoppen met lezen omdat je zo nieuwsgierig wordt naar wat gaat komen

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