The Family Divided (The Guernsey Novels, #4) by Anne Allen
This is the fourth novel in the series I have read so far and once again Anne Allen brings to life the beautiful Island of Guernsey. The story is linked back to previous characters; it is almost like meeting an old friend again.
The protagonist, Charlotte appeared in the third book ‘Guernsey Retreat’ this time returning back to ‘La Folie’ a health retreat for a spot of pampering and a chance to look forwards in her life after the breakdown of her marriage. She is financially wealthy but emotionally starved of her mothers love, something she finds difficult to understand.
Although not looking for a new relationship, she meets divorcee, Andy who is troubled by his family history and is desperate to understand the truth. Here the story links back to the time of the German Occupation, when his grandfather, Edmund was branded a traitor and informer. Andy is determined to discover the truth about Edmund. Charlotte who is a publisher with desires to write her own novel assists Andy with research into his grandfathers past. In doing so, not only does she discover the truth, but also falls in love with Andy.
There is a lot of eating and drinking in this novel, with mention of a number of restaurants and very descriptive locations.
I found the story of Edmund and his brother Harold interesting which highlighted sibling rivalry and how it can get out of hand. The character of Harold was well developed, I hated him from the moment he was introduce.
I was a little confused about the relationship between Louisa and Paul and would have liked more depth into their situation. Louisa’s father Malcolm and his new lady friend were a breath of fresh air. I like the way that these stories stand alone, yet are a series.
I very much enjoyed reading this well written descriptive novel and I have rated The Family Divided Five Stars.
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The Guernsey Novels
Anne Allen’s fascinating book series, The Guernsey Novels, comprises six standalone novels. All the stories in her novel series, take place predominantly on the island of Guernsey and are linked by characters popping up from one book to another.
They provide an ongoing story of a ‘village’ spread, so far, over 6 years. Each book is standalone with fresh new lead characters with their own links to the German Occupation during World War 2, having an impact on the present.
The Guernsey Novels are a mix of mystery, family drama, and love story and influenced by the author’s love of the island where she spent many happy years. Guernsey itself is always a main character in the books, offering a gorgeous backdrop to all the sorrows, joys and tragedies she describes.
About the Author Anne Allen
Anne Allen lives in Devon, by her beloved sea. She has three children and her daughter and two grandchildren live nearby. She was born in Rugby, to an English mother and Welsh father. As a result she spent many summers with her Welsh grandparents in Anglesey and learnt to love the sea.
Her restless spirit has meant a number of moves which included Spain for a couple of years. The longest stay was in Guernsey for nearly fourteen years after falling in love with the island and the people. She contrived to leave one son behind to ensure a valid reason for frequent returns.
By profession Anne was a psychotherapist but has long had creative ‘itches’, learning to mosaic, paint furniture, interior design and sculpt. At the back of her mind the itch to write was always present but seemed too time-consuming for a single mum with a need to earn a living. Now retired from the ‘day job’, there’s more time to write and Anne has now published six books in The Guernsey Novels series. She will be publishing her seventh novel later in the year.
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