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In Pale Battalions

In Pale Battalions

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by Robert Goddard

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Six months after her husband's sudden death, Leonora Galloway sets off for a holiday in Paris with her daughter Penelope. At last the time has come when secrets can be shared and explanations begin...

Their journey starts with an unscheduled stop at the imposing Thiepval Memorial to the dead of the Battle of the Somme near Amiens. Amongst those commemorated

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In Pale Battalions 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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I picked up this book a few years ago as I am always drawn by something written about the Great War. I have read this book three times and have recommended it to countless friends. I have since read all of Robert Goddard's books and I consider this to be his best. Many years ago, in England, there was a radio programme about what books one would wish to have on hand if one was stranded on a desert island. I would take this one!!!!!!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Six months ago Leonora Galloway¿s husband died in their Somerset cottage. Now adjusting to the single life of a septuagenarian widow, Leonora crosses the Channel to visit Paris with her single daughter Penelope, who is half her age. Her son Ronald is married with responsibilities so he remains in England. --- The mother and daughter travel to Thiepval Memorial to the dead and missing of the Battle of the Somme. There Leonora seeks one name amidst the 73,412 men without a grave. Her father ¿Hallows, Captain the Hon. John ¿¿ allegedly died in this battle. However, to her shock, the commemoration of Leonora's father states he died on the 30th April, 1916, but she was born on 14th March 1917. Whereas Penelope assumes her grandmother had a wartime indiscretion, Leonora knows otherwise. She begins to explain to her daughter the deceitful murderous side of the aristocratic family that she kept secret from her spouse and two children all these years. --- This is a reprint of a terrific Robert Goddard tale that is, as always, filled with surprising suspense laden twists with a final spin that will leave the audience breathless and stunned. The story line traverses several decades as Leonora explains her past to Penelope. Although at times sugary nostalgia slows down the overall exhilarating plot, fans of Mr. Goddard will appreciate his fine intriguing family thriller. --- Harriet Klausner