Blog Tour and Review: The Girl Without a Name by Suzanne Goldring @bookouture @SuzanneGoldring

Posted November 6, 2020 by sinfully in Blog Tour, Historical Fiction, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

Book Description:

September 1940. As the bombs of the Blitz fall on London, Ruby and Stevie are falling in love. United by a shocking experience when they were evacuees, Ruby believes that she understands Stevie like nobody else can. But then Stevie is sent abroad into danger and as Ruby waits, desperately, for letters with foreign stamps that never come, she begins to fear that he is lost forever.

August 2004Billie has rushed to her father Dick’s hospital bedside. A terrible stroke has robbed him of his speech, and he is a shell of the man he was before. But when Billie finds a crumpled black and white photo in his wallet of a smiling, dark-haired girl she doesn’t recognise, Dick frantically tries to talk. Billie knows that he is trying to tell her something important, and she must ask the questions her father cannot. All she has to go on is the name he is just able to mumble. Ruby.

Billie tracks down Ruby’s aunt, her only surviving relative, and learns that Ruby’s life contained great love, but also great tragedy. Billie is determined to find out what happened to this brave woman, last seen leaving her home for a secret weekend away. Why did nobody miss her? And how is she connected to Billie’s beloved father? Can Billie lay the ghosts of the past to rest, even if it means revealing the darkest secrets of her father’s life and breaking her own heart?

A completely compelling and heartbreaking read, this is the story of the courage of a young woman in wartime and another woman’s quest to right the injustices of history. Fans of The Letter and The Nightingale will be hooked on The Girl Without a Name.

My review:

The Girl Without a Name by Suzanne Goldring is an emotional and heartbreaking story told in dual timelines between the present and the past. When Billie, Dick’s daughter, finds an old photograph in her father’s wallet after he suffers a stroke, Billie is determined to find out about her father’s past seeing as how the picture seems to upset him, but being unable to speak, Billie can’t get any answers. So she goes in search of the answers herself never realizing that she will unveil a tragic past, one her father never ever talked about.

It is the 1940’s and children are being evacuated from London to Devon on account of the war. Ruby is only eleven years old when she is sent away along with Joan and Stevie, a brother and sister who were on the same train as her. Joan took Ruby under her wing and Stevie and Ruby became friends and as they grew older they started to fall in love. But, war isn’t kind and can leave a lasting impression on those who witnessed the horrible aftermath of bombs and the destruction it causes to lives. Stevie, feels the brunt of this from a young age and we now recognize the distress he felt as PTSD. This is really a catalyst in the story as the story weaves its way to what happened between Stevie and Ruby during the 1940’s and 50’s.

I really wasn’t sure how this story would go and in a way, I thought it was going to be this beautiful love story like most books I have read during this time period. But, this story is so much more than that and i was often left feeling anger at some of the actions taken by the characters of this book. It was definitely a whirlwind of emotions I went through while reading and even though I may not have liked some of the decisions that were made, I still couldn’t help feeling sorry for them and for all they went through. This led me to try to understand why certain things happened in the story and in a way I could certainly find myself understanding them while not necessarily agreeing with them. While the ending came as a huge surprise, I also felt it was the perfect ending and one that needed to be said and really fit the overall tone of the book.

The Girl Without a name is gripping and emotional with rich and vivid writing that will pull you right in until the very last page is read. You will find yourself immersed with the characters, feeling their pain as well as their accomplishments. Another five star read for me!

Author Bio:
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. Whether she is working in her thatched cottage in Hampshire or her seaside home in North Cornwall, Suzanne finds inspiration in the secrets hidden by everyday life.
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