Monday, July 11, 2011
The Return of Captain John Emmett by Elizabeth Speller
Based on several true stories of soldiers serving the British army in World War I, The Return of Captain John Emmett tells a tangled tale of love, murder, and revenge. Slow-paced and literate, this invokes all the pain and heartbreak of the time, introducing us to the lost men who returned from the trenches without the strength of spirit they’d gone with. What gave the novel its depth was the evocation of the poetry that was created at the time. I left needing to read again the lines penned by the broken men who survived the trenches, only to succumb to the peace.
Readers who relish the work of Charles Todd, and Jacqueline Winspear will find this a welcome new voice.
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