Firstly I wish to thank Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me on the Blog Tour for The Last Village by Audla English
CHILL WITH A BOOK AWARDS- PREMIER READERS’ AWARD WINNER
2019 AMERICAN FICTION AWARDS FINALIST- ROMANCE: HISTORICAL
The majestic Souter Lighthouse stands proudly at the edge of the cliff top surrounded by open grassy empty fields and overlooking a vast blue wilderness. Anna Charles knows nothing of the life that her grandmother once had here.
It wasn’t until an unexpected engagement, that Anna discovered the past of her Gran and the truth behind an enduring love.
Seventy years earlier, Lillian Smith, had been part of the close-knit community that once thrived in the village that existed next to the lighthouse. A chance meeting with a sailor one day, would change the course of her life forever.
A moving novel set in the North East of England. The Last Village is an enduring love story which spans the 1940’s and modern day, binding the generations.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This isn’t a very long book but it packs all the ingredients to make it so very memorable. Set in North East England, the area had built up over the years to house more and more residents but there had been a small village that once housed a community of families and now all that was left was the lighthouse. This side of the story is fact but the characters and their lives are fiction.
Anna Charles had always been close to her grandmother but it is only since she has become engaged that her gran begins to tell her the story of the village where she lived, the families who lived there and the sailor she fell in love with. The story goes from present-day back 70 years to when Lillian lived in the 1940s while in present-day Anna and her best friend are planning their own weddings.
I loved Lillian’s story and the innocence that the era brought with it. There was a romance about having to wait for a letter to come through the letterbox, instead of instant messaging from anywhere in the world. Technology, health care and family life so very different from today. The lighthouse was very much a central feature in the story which had been a place that held laughter, friends and the beacon of hope for fishermen and sailors even to this present day.
I was very invested in all three stories and how many would turn into wedding days and beyond. Boy, this author had me holding my breath with tears in my eyes. Beautifully written, just loved it. Do keep reading after the story ends to find out more about the real last village where this story is set.
I wish to thank the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Audla English grew up in the North East of England. Born in Sunderland, a graduate of Newcastle University and living in South Tyneside, she is passionate about this wonderful region which acts as an inspiration to her writing. Her award-winning debut novel ‘The Last Village’ is a dual time-line historical fiction and is written as a dedication to the now sadly demolished Old Marsden Village which was built by the Whitburn Coal Company in the 1870’s. The Marsden Rock coastal setting is also used to weave a family saga style narrative around a beautiful part of north east England. The novel is a moving love story about the life of Lily, a young woman growing up with her friends in 1945 whereas the other side of the story, in 2017, is about Anna and her own discovery of her grandmother’s past life- it is a novel which spans and binds the generations through family and friendship.