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The Long Walk Back based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
4.5 - Broken soldiers... Mute Boys... And shattered lives. Stars! Rachel Dove takes a step away from her easy-going Chick lit reads, and gives an emotive and well thought out story about a man and a woman who come together under the most horrific of circumstances, and builds a relationship around them dealing with their lives in the aftermath. Both Captain Thomas Cooper and Trauma Surgeon Kate Harper are what I would call strong personalities, they have the confidence of people who know what they are good at and that they do it well. But when that crutch of familiarity is taken away through events out of your control how does that once confident person rebuild themselves back up into an alternative version of who they were? Into a person that can then fit in with the new reality that their life is, especially if they weren’t sure they wanted the chance to begin with… "This was always going to happen… I could feel it the first day we met." I am not going to say too much about the story line with this one. It starts in the theatre of war, but then the bulk of it plays out back in good old Blighty. The author steps back a few times to give the full back story, especially in Kate’s instance, and because of that and in the way things are spaced out, you don’t really get the full picture of everything that has happened until the latter stages of the book. I didn’t mind this, and to be honest there are enough clues there that you can kind of assume what the roundabout reasons are for certain things. "I’m all in." Can’t lie I was a little surprised at this book, I have read both of the authors recent Chick-lit offerings (main reason I decided to read this to be honest) and found them utterly charming and enjoyable reads. But The Long Walk Back is a completely different type of read, it’s a little dark and gritty, the issues explored aren’t ‘dumbed-down’ to make them less shocking, and I liked that the author didn’t take the easy route in that way. A lot of thoughts lived in the dark corners of my mind these days… This would have been a five star read for me, but for a couple of things, the random couple of instances in the latter stages where the writing jumps to first person POV didn’t work for me, I didn’t really feel they were needed with the way the rest of the book was written. I also found the flow of the second half a little scrappy at points and lacking a little of the smoothness that the first half had. Nothing major in the scheme of things as this was still an excellent read, but if those two issues had been ironed out it would have been a full five stars from me. All in all, I would say this is a book that is worth giving a chance to, if you have read this authors past work, you are in for a surprise, if you haven’t I still think you will be, but for me it was good to see that she can create, craft and tell a story in two totally different ways, and do it well.