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    Flawless and captivating!

    Set against a backdrop of the rugged and unforgiving rock that is the colony of Newfoundland in the early 20th century, A Splendid Boy is the story of young Daniel Beresford who learns what it is to sacrifice his own happiness for the sake of his family. Joining the Newfoundland Regiment and travelling abroad should be the adventure of a lifetime, but Daniel soon finds out how cruel wartime can be. Surrounded by filth and death and disease, he longs for a simpler time when he shared an innocent love with the merchant’s daughter, Emma Tavernor back in the Newfoundland outport of Middle Tickle. The long lonely nights make him wonder if he will ever see her again. As the horrors of the Battle of the Somme escalate, Daniel questions his preconceived ideas of honour and duty and that which makes up a true hero. On that fateful morning of July 1st, 2016 at Beaumont-Hamel, France, he is still only eighteen years old. The impact of his age and the extent of his experiences to this point struck a chord in a very profound way for this reader. Martin’s debut novel is captivating and flawlessly written. Blending historical fact with fiction in a way that convinces the reader these characters could have existed makes this book one of the best pieces of historical fiction I’ve read. We long for Daniel and Emma to find their way into each other’s arms again. Well done Ms. Martin! Your attention to historical detail is exceptional.
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    A delight for historical fiction fans!

    Forget what's on your to-be read list. Put this at the front of the queue! This book is what all lovers of historical fiction crave — a page-turning story full of the most engaging characters and conflict, paired with a historian's understanding of place and time. Historians say history is the study of change over time. Storytellers say writing is bringing characters to life on the page. Ms. Martin is both a gifted storyteller and an honest-to-goodness historian and it shows in this debut novel. In her deft hands, Daniel and Emma's story grabs hold of your heart and takes the reader on a journey that spans from the ragged shores of Newfoundland to the trenches of France during the Great War. I can't wait to see what she does next.
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    A Splendid Boy

    Beautiful story about the first world war and a lost love. The athor captures the age old tragedy of wealth and poverty in conflict. I really enjoyed this book. It is a real page turner.

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