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My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You

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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. Well, what did happen to the traditionally brought-up women who lost all hope of marriage, because all the young men are dead?

There's also a sweet and realistic love story and a fascinating subplot about reconstructive facial surgery. In addition, there's Riley's commanding officer, Peter Locke, and his wife, Julia, and Peter's cousin, Rose. A novel that didn't quite seem to know what it wanted to be, My Dear I Wanted to Tell You is a surprisingly rounded WWI story that goes beyond the typical narrative. While Julia pines for her husband, Rose signs up as a nurse in a hospital specialising in facial reconstructions. Riley and Nadine have been in love with each other since childhood, but Riley’s poor upbringing and lack of a true social standing made it impossible for Nadine’s upper class family to accept him.It was followed by two sequels, The Heroes' Welcome and Devotion, and a memoir, You Left Early: A True Story of Love and Alcohol, about her relationship with the composer Robert Lockhart. A good book, which was only let down by a few cliches and an ending which was satisfying, but not much more than that. I didn’t anticipate this war story to be so heavy on the romance, and at times I wasn’t too sure of Riley and Nadine’s love, feeling it was never fully developed before he heads off to war. I liked how this novel shows how WWI brought together the classes and made relationships between the classes acceptable whereas they were frowned upon before the war. It is the first of a series observing – through the descendents of Peter, Julia, Riley, Nadine, Rose and others – ways in which the experiences of that massively traumatic period and its aftermath shaped the following generations: all of us who grew up in the twentieth century.

Of all these areas I found the reconstructive surgery passages the most interesting and informative. The novel was told in third person but shifts to different points-of-view, oftentimes mixing in narrative with actual first-person like narrative. While it is a bit heavy to be a beach read, it would be a lovely choice for anyone who is looking to pass a rainy afternoon lost in another world.Having been spoiled by Good-bye To All That and All Quiet on the Western Front so far, I was a bit suspicious of this book when I first started reading it.

If you’re looking for a romantic war time novel with some interesting medical history, check out My Dear I Wanted to Tell You. Like many novels, this is based during World War 1, but unlike other books of it's type, the focus is on the 'normal' lives of those involved. This novel reads like a factual account such is the realism of the narrative that had me gripped from the start.One whose love seems to be more of convenience than of depth and the other couple who’s declaration came a moment to late.

While Riley Purefoy and Peter Locke fight for their country, their survival and their sanity in the trenches of Flanders, Nadine Waveney, Julia Locke and Rose Locke do what they can at home.This is the finest Great War novel since Susan Hill’s Strange Meeting… (it) encompasses themes of shifting perceptions of class; of the enduring, insistent consolation of art; of incorrigible wiliness; of unflinching duty and endurance; of the need to maintain a sense of identity when everything militates against its, and of selfless generosity, optimism and intense passion. Great advances in this field have always been made as a consequence of the horrific injuries inflicted on combatants in wars. This storyline however was diluted juxtaposed against the unravelling of Julia and Peter’s relationship, and Rose’s lack of marital options, without which I suspect this novel wouldn’t have worked.

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