Monday, 9 December 2013

Review of War Crimes for the home by Liz Jensen

I've had this book downloaded to my kindle for quite some time but just never had the chance to get round to reading and am I glad I finally have.

I am a bit of a sucker for the old war-time romance novels, in face, I have a bit of a fascination with the World Wars full stop.  I do find that a lot of the novels are a little on the samey side but not this one.  This book tackled brilliantly the struggles of war and the chaos it leaves behind from a re-life point of view.

Gloria, is a grumpy, cantankerous old lady spending the final days of her life in an old peoples home.  She has suffered a stroke and been left with memory loss.  A memory loss that may not be quite as bad as Gloria pretends it is.  She's not had an easy life and has raised her only son, Hank, single-handily.  She's non-to keen on his wife, who she refuses to call by her name, Karen, and believes she's not good enough for her son.

When Hank finds a box full of Gloria's personal documents little did he know that he was opening a can of worms and when a glamorous stranger appears at Gloria's bedside there a whole host of questions about Gloria's past that are finally answered.

Gloria is a wonderful character. We grow up with her from a young war-time girl to the old lady she is today and for all her rough edges you can't help but fall in love with her.  Her past is shocking but the end result is she can finally lay her demons to rest. I will certainly be looking for more work from his author.

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