Friday 16 September 2016

Sing To Silent Stones: Violet's War - David Snell

Sing To Silent Stones: Violet's War is the story of a young Edwardian girl named Violet Matthews growing up in war time England.

Living with her parents, Violet is a strong willed young woman who stands up for what she believes in and knows what she wants from life. When she falls in love with her fathers employee, Frank Balfour, she knows that she risks her father's disaproval but she can't carry out his wishes and end the relationship. When war breaks out and Frank leaves London for a brief visit to his aunt in the countryside before heading off to the frontline Violet follows him. On her return to London she falls down some stairs and it's then that it comes to light that she's pregnant with Frank's child.

This is just the beginning of a turbulent time for Violet, being pregnant is soon the least of her worries.

I haven't read an historical novel for a while and after reading Sing To Silent Stones I'll be trying to read more of them as it's a perfect example of how great this genre can be. David Snell has collected his own families stories and cleverly crafted and fictionalised them into this beautiful book and for that I take my hat off to him. This isn't just a book about war, it also deals with love and family, the effects of living in times of war and shows how people coped during these difficult times. Don't be put off by the fact that this is a big book, coming in at 576 pages, as once you start reading it you'll be so captivated by the story you won't be noticing the pages flicking by. With a cast of wonderfully written characters this is a book to be savoured and I'm looking forward to reading the next book from this author.

With kind thanks to Emma Draude and Hayley Steed at ED Public Relations for the review copy.

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