FIRSTLY THANK YOU TO EMMA MITCHELL FOR INVITING ME TO TAKE PART ON THIS BLOG TOUR FOR THE WALKING WOUNDED BY ANNA FRANKLIN OSBORNE
Born at the end of the First World War, a young girl struggles to find her own identity in her big family and is pushed into a stormy marriage through a terrible misunderstanding from which her pride refuses to let her back down. As her own personal world begins to crumble, the foundation of the world around her is shaken as Germany once again declares war and her brothers and young husband sign up with the first wave of volunteers.
Walking Wounded tells the story of those left behind in a Blitz-ravaged London, and of the web of loyalty, guilt and duty that shapes the decisions of the women awaiting the return of their men-folk as the war draws to a close.
Spanning the period from the Armistice of the First World War to the exodus of the Ten Pound Poms to Australia in the 1950s, Walking Wounded is a family saga whose internal violence is mirrored by the world stage upon which it is set.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
It is such a tragedy for any family to have gone through the horrors of a world war but for families to have gone through two in their life time is just devastating. Well this story follows the Johnson family and takes you into a time period from the Armistice of the First World War to the early 1950’s.
What a very touching story this is, that follows the lives of a family 0ver a 30 year period. Although we were victorious in war the men that returned from fighting just didn’t resemble winners. They were physically spent and mentally traumatised but there were only the families at home to deal with the aftermath, no medical help. It is more or less here that the story real got hold of me. The families back home had no idea of the terrible things their fathers, brothers and sons had not only witnessed but had to do themselves. One of Johnson women was to be kept in the dark, while the other became a listening board. Each man dealing with war in the only way they could.
The characters feel very really to the point that I can’t imagine that they never really existed. Anna Osborne tells of a time when a man beating his wife was his business and the hardship of bringing up motherless children simply fell on one of the older children to take on the role. What does come out in this story is the closeness of the family unit all pulling together and being there for each other. Although it is often thought of as the man of the house that ruled most houses, it was often the women that were the cement that kept them all together.
A fabulous account of a moment in history, highly recommended
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Anna Osborne (nee Franklin) lives in a village in The New Forest with her husband, two children and ever-increasing menagerie of animals, where she practises as a chiropractor in the local GP surgery as well as teaching at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic.
Over the past five years she has increasingly explored her long-held desires to write and to sing; and as well as singing with the Chicken Soup Choir, she has written a number of short stories.
Walking Wounded is her first novel, inspired by the lives of her grandmother and her Great Auntie Lil and catalysed by walking on the D-Day beaches telling her children about her great-uncles who were part of that Longest Day.