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Betrayal and Heartbreak | The Returning Tide by Liz Fenwick

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If you’re a regular blog reader you will know I am a fan of Liz Fenwick’s writing.  I know it puts an author under pressure when their readers’ have high expectations for their next release but Liz Fenwick has no need to be anxious about The Returning Tide.  In my opinion, this is Liz’ best yet.  The moral dilemma still has me thinking, days after I’ve finished reading.  What if? Publishing today, don’t miss this one!

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Paperback: 400 pages

Publisher: Orion (23 Mar. 2017)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1409162109

ISBN-13: 978-1409162100

Two sisters and one betrayal that will carry across generations . . .

In wartime Cornwall, 1943, a story between two sisters begins – the story of Adele and Amelia, and the heart-breaking betrayal that will divide them forever. Decades later, the effects of one reckless act still echo – but how long will it be until their past returns?

The Returning Tide will sweep you away to the beautiful Cornish coast, full of secrets and mystery, and will be loved by fans of Kate Morton and Rachel Hore.

The Returning Tide tells the story of two sisters.  Two sisters who are very different and yet living in each other’s shadow.  They have never been apart until their contributions to WWII pull them apart.  With Amelia remaining in Cornwall while Adele, after training, posted to Dorset, despite the fear of being apart there is excitement from Adele in finding out who she really is.

In the present day (2015), Peta’s impending marriage brings flashbacks to her grandmother (Adele) in Cornwall while in Massachusetts, Lara spends time with her ‘grandie’ before setting off to the Helford River in the UK to uncover more about her family history.

Seeing the war through Adele’s eyes felt all too real.  Her telegraphy training and being posted to Portland gives a window into what life was like for someone serving in this role.  The feverish pitch of Operation Tiger and the feelings were mine as much as they were Adele’s.  The live for today mentality is expressed in all its darkness as well as changing people’s own moral compass.  I loved the dependability and practical side of Adele but also seeing her grow and opening up to life.  I also loved the change in her grandmother back home in Cornwall!

I found it interesting that someone who had such an impact on the story doesn’t get to have their say.  I was intrigued about a gap in our knowledge from September 1945 to 1950.  It’s not until near the end that we get a hint of what life was like.  With minimal words, everything is laid bare and hooked me in totally.  I couldn’t stop crying.  I did have to change how I felt!

Lara fits seamlessly into life in Cornwall.  The fun of Lara cooking with Jack uplifts the seriousness of Adele’s fragility and I had to smile at some of their antics.

Despite The Returning Tide being a standalone story I do love the way that Liz Fenwick’s characters from previous novels have a part to play.  Demi is Peta’s friend so we get to see Sam too!  Boscawen 🙂  Fabulous link!  And at the wedding, cameo appearances from others too.  You know how much a story has impacted on you when you immediately recognise who they are and can recall what’s happened in previous stories.

I enjoyed the different narrations.  Adele as a fragile older lady and through her reflections, life during WWII, means that she was my emotional hook in the story.  I wanted so desperately to know what had happened.  The things that she saw, the sacrifices that she made and her strength drew me in.  Such a fabulous character.

The Returning Tide is a story about austerity, betrayal, sacrifice and mistakes.  It’s about how we cope with the choices we make and hope that we can make a change for those yet to come.  It’s about letting others see your pain so they can open up to emotions.  It’s about hope and finding a place to belong.  I loved it!

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Wishing you oodles of success Liz! x

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Family comes first! I'm married with two son's in their 20's and have a little more time now to follow my passions. I love my role as an Inclusion Lead in KS2 and I'm passionate about early help. I'm a member of Bournemouth's Early Help Operational Board working alongside others to instigate change and growth. I'm also passionate about my love of reading, being out in nature and creating with crochet. I've been blogging for eight years at Jera's Jamboree.

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