review by Maryom
" James Blackwell is sexy and handsome and a fighter pilot - every girl's
dream partner. At least that is what Diana Arnold thinks when her
brother first introduces them. Before long they are in love and marry
hastily just as war is declared. Then fate delivers what is the first of
its cruel twists: James, the day of their wedding, is shot down over
Northern France and killed. Diana is left not only a widow but pregnant
with their child. Ten years later, contentedly remarried, Diana finds
herself in the south of France, sitting one morning in a sunny village
square. A taxi draws up and she hears the voice of a man speaking
English - the unmistakable voice of someone who will set out to torment
her and blackmail her and from whom there can be only one means of
I must admit I was intrigued when I saw that Richard Madeley had written a novel - after all as co-host of the long-running Richard + Judy Book Club he must have developed some idea of what he likes and what makes a good book. So what would his offering be like?
Well, curiously it feels like the sort of story that gets labelled 'women's fiction' - a tale of love and deceit moving from the English countryside at the start of WW2 to the glamorous setting of the French Riviera in the 50s. It's a great plot outline but unfortunately the style of writing didn't really 'grab' me. I found the characters a bit flat and the plot too predictable, especially after reading the publishers' synopsis quoted above.
I'm sure there are lots of readers who will love it - my mum for one -
but I'm not one of them.
Maryom's review - 3 stars
Publisher - Simon & Schuster
Genre - romantic fiction
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