A Forgotten Place

A Forgotten Place

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The fighting has ended, the Armistice signed, but the war has left wounds that are still agonizingly raw. Battlefield Nurse Bess Crawford has been assigned to a clinic for amputees, and the Welsh patients worry her. She does her best to help them, but it's clear that they have nothing to go home to, in a valley where only the fit can work in the coal pits. When they are released, she fears that peace will do what war couldn't take their lives. Their officer, Captain Williams, writes to describe their despair, and his own at trying to save his men. Bess feels compelled to look into their situation, but the Army and the clinic can do nothing. Requesting leave, she quietly travels to Wales, and that bleak coal mining village, but she is too late. Captain Williams' sister tells Bess he has left the valley. Bess is afraid he intends to kill himself. She follows him to an isolated, storm-battered peninsula a harsh and forgotten place where secrets and death go hand in hand. Deserted by her frightened driver, Bess is stranded among strangers suspicious of outsiders. She quickly discovers these villagers are hiding something, and she's learned too much to be allowed to leave. What's more, no one in England knows where she is. Why is there no Constable out here? And who is the mysterious Ellen? Captain Williams and his brother's widow are her only allies, and Bess must take care not to put them at risk as she tries to find answers. But there is a murderer here who is driven to kill again and again. And the next person in his sights is Simon Brandon, searching for Bess and unaware of his danger. . . .
Publisher: New York, New York :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062678829
Characteristics: 354 pages ;,24 cm.


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Jan 19, 2019

This is my first Charles Todd novel. Not sure how the rest were but this one was excruciatingly slow and the ending was pretty far fetched.

Nov 23, 2018

Have followed and loved this series. As another reader remarked, I found this one overly long and tedious, and rather dark and depressing. The war has ended, but in some cases the aftermath was worse. Hope the next one has a bit more life.

Nov 01, 2018

Having read most of the Bess Crawford books, I found this one lacking! It’s a rather dark tale which seems to drag on and on! Not up to the prevoius level of Todd books! Mother and son running out of creative juices?

Oct 18, 2018

I've read all of the Todd books and found this one disappointing. Tedious and frustrating in the whole middle section, and some murder reasoning just didn't make sense.

Oct 11, 2018

I love this series and the main character Bess Crawford. I wondered what the authors would do with her after the war ended, but they have produced another fascinating story. The setting on the Welsh coastline is very well done - palpable.

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