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Fiction Book Reviews

Saga | The Deserter’s Daughter | Susanna Bavin

We’re delighted to be sharing Alice-Jane’s thoughts on The Deserter’s Daughter by Susanna Bavin.

Alice-Jane loved this story and you’ll get the chance to read it too as Susanna Bavin is kindly offering a giveaway you won’t want to miss!

Book cover for The Deserter's Daughter by Susanna Bavin

Manchester, 1920. Carrie Jenkins reels from the revelation that her beloved father was shot for desertion during the Great War. Jilted, and with the close-knit community turning its back on her as well as her mother and her half-sister Evadne, the plans Carrie nurtured are in disarray. Desperate to overcome private shock and public humiliation, and with her mother gravely ill, Carrie accepts the unsettling advances of Ralph Armstrong and Evadne also meets Alex Larter. But both sisters put their faith in men who are not to be trusted, and they will face danger and heartache before they can find the happiness they deserve.

The Deserter’s Daughter by Susanna Bavin is published by Allison & Busby and is available to purchase in digital, hardcover, paperback and audiobook formats.


I could not and did not want to put this book down! Susanna Bavin has written yet another entirely engrossing tale of love, honour, shame and society’s prejudice. Please read this story! 

For Carrie Jenkins soon to be Armstrong, her life is taken from an respectable stance in society to sinking in shame for being the daughter of a deserter.

The guilt that her family are burdened with, for mere association to someone who is claimed to have failed ‘king and country,’ shapes young Carrie’s life in such a dramatic way that she has no choice but to be manipulated by others. 

Male influence in society is so elevated to women’s, that this chauvinistic approach means Carrie is very much limited in everything she can do and say, that really allows the reader to value so much our freedoms of modern day. 

Susanna Bavin also explores the themes of the distance in society’s boundaries between the wealthy, middle class and working class, that again distinctly draws lines which others may not cross. Though with the finish of the Great War it is evident that some boundaries are thankfully beginning to blur, and this and the development in medical knowledge Can very much be the saving grace for some.

I cannot wait to read another one of Susanna Bavin’s novels! 

Alice-Jane guest reviewer on Jera's Jamboree

Author photo Susanna Bavin

Susanna Bavin has variously been a librarian, an infant school teacher, a carer and a cook. She lives in Llandudno in North Wales with her husband and two rescue cats, but her writing is inspired by her Mancunian roots.

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Qualified as a Sleep Consultant, Dyslexia Therapist, Reiki Master, Mental Health First Aider and Mindfulness Practitioner, my passion is for sharing anything that will make life easier. My love of reading, crocheting, being out in nature and positive psychology are all things that help me unwind.

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