I am thrilled to be a part of the book tour and to be sharing my review for; Beyond Time and Tide by Anna Franklin Osborne. Thank you to Kelly at Love Books Tours and Anna for the complimentary copy.

Apologies to Kelly and Anna for the lateness of this review, ill health prevented me from posting earlier.

Beyond Time and Tide

Three young people are thrown together in the waters of Dunkirk.

Elsie, a young English girl, struggles to keep her family safe and is desperate to rescue her brother from the beaches.

Monique, a French farmer, ran from the untold damage done to her by German soldiers, with no plan but to get away from the German army and the home they defiled.

Josef is a German soldier who has committed an offence to his own honour, deserting the German army for whom he will no longer fight.

Three young people whose lives become intertwined in a way that will change each of them forever.

Beyond Time and Tide follows their struggle to survive their past: love, friendship and betrayal, and an onward quest to find redemption and what was lost to them all.

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Review

Beyond Time and Tide is a hugely emotional story full of pain and guilt and betrayal, it’s a story of friendship and survival.

This is the first book I have read by Anna Franklin Osborne, I know that I have made a personal rule of cutting back on the number of new to me authors so that I can focus on my ever-expanding TBR pile I had to break my own rule for this and I am so pleased that I did as I really enjoyed it and I will certainly be looking out for her previous book; The Walking Wounded.

Set during WW2 this tells the story of three different people plunged into the horror that is WW2.

Elsie is a lonely little girl who after her mother left them has had to take up the role of the woman in the house when all she wants to do is have fun and sail like her father, uncle and brother. I thought Elsie was a little childish at times, but I understood her she didn’t want all the responsibility of being ‘mother’ and being treated no better than a live-in servant her days are broken up into either cooking or cleaning.

Monique was working on her farm in France until the German army marched in and take over, she is shocked and disgusted over the atrocities so she flees leaving all she knows, those she loves behind ut with nowhere to go and her beloved country now an involuntary host to the enemy she is at a loss as to what to do next.

And finally, we have Josef a very young German soldier, a young man who does his job, does what he is told on the surface a good obedient soldier, but inside he is appaled by the violence the horror, he is a good man, he doesn’t want this doesn’t believe in what his country is doing to others so he does the makes drastic decision to desert.

All three of these young people’s lives become entwined as was the case doing the war, three young people whose lives change dramatically and now they must make hard decisions and live with the consequences.

Those who follow the blog will know of my love for this era. I was instantly drawn to it from the moment I set eyes on the cover, and then I glanced at the back cover and I knew that this was a book that I had to read.

I really, really loved this book and definitely a must-read for anyone who loves this era. It’s heartbreaking, it’s full of compassion and intense emotion. The writing is so crisp and clear it feels as though you are standing in the shoes of the characters.

Author Bio

I have always worked in health care, and like so many other parents, hit a tiny crisis a few years ago when I felt that my purpose in life had narrowed to not an awful lot more than dashing between my work and being a mummy taxi.

I managed to find time to begin singing with a choir, and that helped me feel that I might have a more creative side to myself. One evening, my husband was out and, quite suddenly, I decided to Just Start Writing. I immediately hit the first obstacles of terrible handwriting and a broken laptop, so my writing career began that night in bed, typing into the note section of my smartphone, with no clear idea of what I wanted to say but resulting in a severe case of RSI and several short stories over the next few nights.

My husband was delighted that I had suddenly found this passion and kept encouraging me to write a novel, which I really felt I did NOT have in me. Later that summer, however, we were walking along a D-Day beach for no other grander reason than our ferry home from France being late, and I began telling our kids about my three great-uncles who were part of that day, and my grandmother who sewed parachutes for the paratroopers jumping over Normandy. Neil looked at me and smiled and said, ‘you do actually have a story there, you know….’

Walking Wounded was my first novel, and in many ways, came easily to me. Beyond Time and Tide was interrupted over and over again by serious family health crises, not to mention the Pandemic. As always, it was my family who encouraged me to keep coming back to it – and I am forever grateful that they helped me persevere.

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