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The Silent Land by [Dunham, David]
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Length: 377 pages Word Wise: Enabled Language: English

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It is 1904 and Rebecca Lawrence, a shy young woman tied to the village she was raised in, is taken by her father across England and placed into a society that will bring her confidence and conflict, and also set her on a path to falling in love. When years later the First World War threatens the life she has built for herself, she is faced with the choice of either protecting those she cares for, or revealing a great secret that will destroy them.

Comparable to works by Colm Tóibín and Sebastian Faulks, The Silent Land is a moving and eloquently written tale of the complexities of love that will stay with the reader long after they’ve finished the novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1859 KB
  • Print Length: 377 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1785892541
  • Publisher: Troubador (30 May 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01GE1USVO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #248,571 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Historical fiction is one of my favourite reading genres and David Dunham's book did not disappoint. David writes in a very descriptive and engaging way and the storyline kept me involved to the very last page. I look forward to his next book.
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars 8 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She falls in love with Rupert and war disrupts her life once again 18 October 2016
By Carole P. Roman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Well-written coming of age story about a young girl's life in pre and post World War 1 England. Rebecca is the cherished and beloved daughter of James and Elizabeth. Her mother's death forces a move where her life will take a new path. Rebecca's grows from girl to woman, learning life is not what it seems. She falls in love with Rupert and war disrupts her life once again.
This was a moving book. Dunham's description of the home front in rural England where people wait in isolation for word of their loved ones is painfully and realistically recounted. The horror of war intrudes through letters and the suffering of the wounded. This is a dark period of history, filled with heart-breaking losses and the stark reality of how war changes humanity. Written like an episode of Downton Abbey, The Silent Land is a rich novel filled with evocative images of a spinning world that tilts wildly on it's axis, sending well-ordered lives into oblivion.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I fear we have already been stripped of the humanity we were sent here to fight for. 29 January 2017
By Quitterstrip - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I was graciously contacted by the author, David Dunham, to receive a copy of “The Silent Land” in exchange for an honest review. That being said, it has not altered my opinion of the book whatsoever.

Rebecca Lawrence lives in a time where chivalry thrives, and most of a female’ decisions are made by the men in their lives. Rebecca, 21 at the time, should be living the life of dances, and suitors. Instead, Rebecca sits with her ailing mother, sneaking readings of her mother’s diary. Convinced she should have the night off, Rebecca’s father convinces her to attend a local dance. Upon returning home, she finds her mother has passed away.

Racked with memories and grief, Rebecca’s father moves them from their home and closer to relatives. For Rebecca, starting over is the last thing she wants to do, but she will be closer to her Aunt Emily and cousin Edward. Emily takes the reigns of Rebecca’s life and goads her into offering piano lessons for a small fee. Both Rebecca and her father have been invited to a dinner, where Rebecca will unknowingly gain admiration which continues to follow her throughout the book.

Will Rebecca ever gain the freedom to make her own life choices? Will tragedy continue to follow her? Is there a hidden secret within her mother’s diary that mysteriously disappeared during the move? You’ll have to read “The Silent Land” to find out.

To be honest, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect picking up this book. As I’ve mentioned before, I try not to read too much into book, less I be disappointed. I was not even close to being disappointed in “The Silent Land”. While some may consider this a “coming of age tale” or a “war tale”, I just classify this as period fiction. To me, it was seeing a young woman grow into her own- and Dunham wrote her perfectly imperfect. Each character introduced was well written, and with enough emotional attachment that the reader just becomes hooked deeper into the story.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gentle Romance 19 November 2016
By Evelyn Tidman - historical fiction author - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This was a book I enjoyed for its gentleness and portrayal of a world very different to our own. The author has captured the feel of the era very well, so that I was there in the years before the First World War, and at home with Rebecca during the war. The author writes in the third person, but always from Rebecca’s point of view, so that we see the war through her eyes, the worries and fears, the keeping the home fires burning.

Simply put, The Silent Land was a love story, but not the usual passionate, tearing your heart out love story many readers of romance have come to expect. This was gentle, genteel even. The growing love between Rebecca and the man she was to marry was quiet, but all the more deeply felt for that.

The author, although male, seems to have understood the female mind, how women think and feel. He has the era, ideas, and social mores taped. His research shines through. He understands the irritations of the upper classes, from Emily bemoaning the loss of her maid to the war effort, and the struggles of the lower classes, like the Clarkes and other village people whose sons went off to war on a tide of gung-ho. Of course, some failed to return.

The story opens with the death of Rebecca’s mother and her move to Worcestershire with her doctor father, how they settle into a more rural life, the new neighbours and particularly two young men, who I will not name (in case of spoiler!) In fact, I was not sure which of the two would turn out to be Rebecca’s suitor right until towards the end of the first section when her growing friendship with one of them became more apparent. I particularly liked the demure way they conducted their courtship, because that was in keeping with the time period.

I have to say that the first section seemed to me a little long, and so a little slow, but I was intrigued, so I stayed with it. And I was rewarded for my patience. I did not feel that with the other two sections.

All in all, a good story, with a surprising twist at the end, bringing it to a satisfactory conclusion.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes an tender romance, and who is, like me, intrigued by the people who stayed at home during the Great War.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A moving WWI historical fiction story 20 November 2016
By Helen D - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
A very moving historical novel centered around a young woman about to enter adulthood. The date is the early 1900s in rural England when women at that age were focused on marrying well and settling into a domestic lifestyle. Rebecca grew up in a loving home but was also burdened with the knowledge that her mother was very ill. After her mother's death Rebecca and her father move back to his family's town to settle into a new life. Rebecca does adjust to her new home and she meets the love of her life and settles into happy and fulfilling marriage with children. Like so many others her world is forever changed when the First World War reaches England. The horrors of war and the way it touched her life, and the lives of those around her, is portrayed in a very realistic and honest way. Grief, survival, deception and compassion are all interwoven in Rebecca's story. I liked how the author made Rebecca seem very real by portraying her feelings and emotions. I did stay up late to finish the book. It was that good!
I received a copy from Netgalley and this is my honest review.
5.0 out of 5 stars If you liked "Everyone Brave is Forgiven" and "Downton Abbey", this should be your next selection! 25 February 2017
By KMJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Dunham has composed a beautiful book about a young woman's life story in England leading up to World War I. As vivid as scenes in a play--complete with witty and charming banter--the chapters unfold to give us an intimate portrait of Rebecca Lawrence whose journey is firmly fixed in this particular society and era. I enjoyed the attention to detail orienting the reader to the historical setting. Given the centennial of WWI, I recommend "The Silent Land", which is both timely and enjoyable thanks to the research conducted by the author, coupled with the book's lovely prose.

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