My Dear I Wanted to Tell You

My Dear I Wanted to Tell You

A Novel

eBook - 2011
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The lives of two very different couples--an officer and his aristocratic wife, and a young soldier and his childhood sweetheart--are irrevocably intertwined and forever changed in this stunning World War I epic of love and war. At eighteen years old, working-class Riley Purefoy and "posh" Nadine Waveney have promised each other the future, but when war erupts across Europe, everything they hold to be true is thrown into question. Dispatched to the trenches, Riley forges a bond of friendship with his charismatic commanding officer, Peter Locke, as they fight for their survival. Yet it is Locke's wife, Julia, who must cope with her husband's transformation into a distant shadow of the man she once knew.
Publisher: 2011
ISBN: 9780062079565
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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gvlee
Nov 21, 2013

The second half of the book is way better than the first half, so if you hang in there, you'll be rewarded. If you are interested in WW I stories, "A Long Long Way" by Sebastian Barry is even better.

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DanceFiddler
Aug 17, 2013

Not sure how this ended up on a YA display shelf, since it’s most definitely adult fiction. However, I’m glad it did, or I wouldn’t have read it. Traces the story of two English couples during the Great War. The war changes each person irrevocably, separating and isolating them in their personal struggles. Gripping, moving, cynical and hopeful at once. It’s also interesting to read about the early days of plastic surgery.

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nicolenozick
Jul 03, 2013

WWI British soldier, class issues. Well written. Not too original. Okay.

brendamargolis Feb 01, 2013

The kind of novel you're always searching for: smart, beautifully written, believable. Author skillfully balances joy and heartbreak.

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Jellybean1985
Jul 03, 2012

Beautifully written! LOVE this book so much, I'll buy it to read again!

Infolass Jun 11, 2012

It look me a little while to warm to the characters, as they were developed in this novel set before and during World War 1, but I am glad I persisted enjoying the book by the end. Well written and obvious research by the author on war injuries and their treatments at the time.

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ready2read
Jun 18, 2011

This book is about relationships and it is about war---And it is about relationships during war. It is definitely not pretty but it is startling and fascinating. Slow at first but once you know the characters it is hard to put down.

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