Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy, representing Bookouture, for inviting me on the Blog Tour for My Name is Eva by Suzanne Goldring
You can pay a terrible price for keeping a promise…
Evelyn Taylor-Clarke sits in her chair at Forest Lawns Care Home in the heart of the English countryside, surrounded by residents with minds not as sharp as hers. It would be easy to dismiss Evelyn as a muddled old woman, but her lipstick is applied perfectly, and her buttons done up correctly. Because Evelyn is a woman with secrets and Evelyn remembers everything. She can never forget the promise she made to the love of her life, to discover the truth about the mission that led to his death, no matter what it cost her…
When Evelyn’s niece Pat opens an old biscuit tin to find a photo of a small girl with a red ball entitled ‘Liese, 1951’ and a passport in another name, she has some questions for her aunt. And Evelyn is transported back to a place in Germany known as ‘The Forbidden Village,’ where a woman who called herself Eva went where no one else dared, amongst shivering prisoners, to find the man who gambled with her husband’s life…
A gripping, haunting and compelling read about love, courage and betrayal set in the war-battered landscape of Germany. Fans of The Letter, The Alice Network and The Nightingale will be hooked.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Evelyn Tayor-Clark is well into her nineties, with a mind as sharp as it was 60 years ago but with a body that gets more brittle as every year passes. After a fall at home, Evelyn had broken her hip and had become a permanent resident at Forest Lawns Care Home. Evelyn’s estate has been left in the hands of her niece Pat to sort out but this huge mansion set in its own grounds holds some deadly secrets.
Evelyn has had to lead a double life more than once in the past and now she takes on the role again. Evelyn plays the part of an old lady with dementia readying herself for questions that are bound to be asked but can’t be answered. The story then jumps back to various timelines throughout her life both during the war years and her continuing service after the war ends too.
This is a huge love story for a man she was only with a very short time but a man that was the love of her life. I loved that she wrote to him, I loved that she sent her ‘letters’ through her thoughts when she had to and I loved that it felt he was still with her in so many ways. Most of all I liked that it portrayed some of the characters as being in the war for the glory not the good. The twisted ones, on both sides, that took too much pleasure interrogating their prisoners and the heartless sacrifices of men’s lives they made.
Evelyn was a patient woman, cleverly planning and being a chameleon when she needed to be. What an amazing story and what terrible secrets she kept. I so felt for this lady who only had her special letters to be able to share her feelings with. I don’t think I have ever felt like a character was so lonely surrounded by people as she was. Beautifully written I felt instantly connected to Evelyn. Very powerful! Loved this story.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book, which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Following an eventful career as a public relations consultant, specialising in business and travel, Suzanne Goldring turned to writing the kind of novels she likes to read, about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. Two of her novels have been placed in the Winchester Writers’ Conference First Three Pages of a Novel competition. Her novel The Way We Lied, can be read as a serial on her blog site, suzannegoldring.wordpress.com. She is currently working on a novel about delusion,deception and death, set in Corfu.
Suzanne drew on her experiences of living in a timbered 14th century house, where she raised two daughters and a variety of livestock, to write Powerless. All her other novels are pure fiction and any resemblance to any persons living or dead is purely coincidental.