#BlogTour #Review ~ Walking Wounded by @HomeOsborne #Giveaway @emmamitchellfpr

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.

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About Anna Franklin Osborne

I have always worked in health care, and more recently in education, and like so many other parents, hit a tiny crisis a few years ago when I felt that my purpose in life had narrowed to not an awful lot more than dashing between my two jobs and being a mummy taxi.

I managed to find time to begin singing with a choir, and that helped me feel that I might have a more creative side to myself. One evening, my husband was out and, quite suddenly, I decided to Start Writing. I immediately hit the first obstacles of terrible handwriting and a broken laptop, so my writing career began that night in bed, typing into the note section of my smart phone, with no clear idea of what I wanted to say but resulting in a severe case of RSI and several short stories over the next few nights.

My husband was delighted that I had suddenly found this passion and kept encouraging me to write a novel, which I really felt I did NOT have in me. Later that summer, however, we were walking along a D-Day beach for no other grander reason than our ferry home from France being late, and I began telling our kids about my three great-uncles who were part of that day, and my grandmother who sewed parachutes for the paratroopers jumping over Normandy. Neil looked at me and smiled and said, ‘you do actually have a story there, you know….’

Walking Wounded was written over a period of a year, on a tiny tablet which I bought specifically because it fitted into my handbag – as I said, ‘if it’s not with me at all times, this just won’t happen.’ I wrote every day in 10 minute bursts while I sat in the school car-park waiting for my daughter to emerge from school, I wrote parked outside ballet lessons and maths lessons, I wrote early in the mornings while everyone was asleep.

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My Review

Sometimes you get a book that is just so powerful it leaves you struggling to find words to describe it’s beauty, integrity and pure eloquence. It’s very rare in fact but this is one of those books.

Written with so much passion and gut-wrenching feeling. I was there and part of this family from the first sentence! I am of an age where my grandparents were alive during the first war and my parents during the second so I have grown up hearing various snippets and stories. Anna tells it from the heart the way it was .. war was bleak.

The book revolves around a ‘normal’ family living in London and spans the generations. Each of the characters are brilliantly described and come to life before your eyes as you read.

May is a twin, brother Stanley is her soulmate. They have other siblings but theirs is a bond that can’t be broken.

We follow the life of May closely, she marries Jimmy and what should be the wedding of the year soon turns sour. I was urging May to be strong but her pride was stronger. 

As the years progress there is a genuine feeling of understanding the hardship and struggles all the family face. The men go off to fight, the women stay behind to wage their own battle having to survive on rations, survive air-raids all while worrying about the fate of their menfolk.

It isn’t an overly long book but so much is included, each member of the family has their individual problems to face or demons to deal with.

You will need plenty of tissues, this has some achingly painful moments and it’s very difficult to put the book down. I tuned out completely and didn’t hear anyone talking to me I was so absorbed. While I read a variety of genres this is fast becoming one of my favourites, an era that seems so simple in terms of technology but the community spirit shines through.

I can’t express enough my love for this book .. astonishing to know it is a debut. I sincerely hope there will be more to come from the pen of this talented lady. 

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