A historical family saga spanning four generations, from 1912, Kent, England, to Spain and its 1936–39 civil war. Celia and Ernesto’s two sons march under opposing banners, whilst their daughters take different paths, one to the Catholic Church and the other to the battlefields, and in the shadow of war, an evil ghost from the past watches and waits for an opportunity to destroy the entire family. In exile, Celia and Ernesto can only wait and pray for their children and their safe return home..
Maria and Lucia began their walk to the hospital in biting, damp, cold air that made their eyes and noses run. Maria covered her head with a scarf, buttoned up her coat until her collar sat just under her chin, and dragged her suitcase behind her on the uneven, muddy thoroughfare. She had a good idea of what she'd find inside the hospital building because of all the vehicles that were queuing up to get at least within a decent distance of the entrance. Doctors at the roadside performed rudimentary surgery in a vain attempt to save lives but patients too badly injured to survive were left to take their last breath on pavements and grassy verges.
She is Scottish but has lived in Spain for many years and grew up under the dictatorship of General Franco. When she is not writing, she spends her spare time translating for a charity that helps British patients at the local hospital. Being ex-military, she takes great interest in studying historical conflicts and the after-effects they had on the country’s population. Her motivation to write began in early childhood, when she first discovered her love of books and history. She also writes factual books and has various projects ongoing, including another book of fiction. During her career, she has travelled to many parts of the world, and her creative inspiration comes from her love of studying new countries and cultures.
I read this book in its final draft and as an avid reader I was gripped and enthralled by it and I have to say that for such an excellent and exceptional book I cannot understand why it is so difficult to find and is not available under new releases, UK Author House, Amazon or ebooks