When We Danced at the End of the Pier Sandy Taylor

33807869 Pub: Bookouture

 

Brighton 1930: Maureen O’Connell is a carefree girl, but her family is on the brink of tragedy, war is looming and life will never be the same again.

Jack and Nelson have always been dear friends to Maureen. Despite their different backgrounds, they’ve seen each other through thick and thin.

As Maureen blossoms from a little girl into a young woman, the candle she’s always held for Jack burns bright. But just as she’s found love, war wrenches them apart. The man she cherishes with all her heart is leaving.

When the bombs start to fall, Maureen and her family find themselves living in the most dangerous of times. With Jack no longer by her side and Nelson at war, Maureen has never felt more alone. Can she look to a brighter future? And will she find the true happiness she’s dreamt of?

 

If you need a book that will rip through your emotions, then this is the one 

Quite honestly my heart broke and broke and broke.

A love story told in the setting of war will always move and touch readers, but Sandy Taylor has written a novel that will capture your heart, make you cry , but it will also make your laugh. It tells of the horrors of war, the poverty, suicide and much much more.

With beautiful characters that you just love from the beginning, this is a story that I didn’t want to end. Sensitively told, the love between Jack and Maureen as well as the friendship of all the characters, is one that is brilliant and to be recommended  for all to read.  Taylor is one hell of a storyteller.

The more I read of tales such as this, the more I admire the strength of people that went through the tragedies and turbulence of the time. For authors such as Sandy Taylor to be able to take us back to such a time and fill us with the sense of community spirit and comradeship is just a joy to read.

This is the third installment and boy this is a saga to be remembered.

Beautiful, endearing and simply fabulous.

5/5

 

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