Today I will be reviewing The Remnants by W.P. Osborn.
About the Book
The Remnants begins in Edwardian England and follows the story of Danny and Rose through their desperate struggle to hold on to their love - and their lives, during a time of momentous change.
Danny Pulbrook is a handsome and rebellious young man. Born the bastard son of a minor royal and orphaned at birth he is determined to find a new life far beyond his "pre-ordained oblivion". His only way out - a forced enlistment into the army brings him to an inevitable confrontation with his own demons in the cauldron of the first world war.
Rose Quayle is a beautiful and confident hazel-eyed housemaid who, like her mother and her mother's mother is employed in service at Meaford House - an expansive vice-regal estate near Tunbridge Wells. Like Danny she longs for a life beyond the tyranny of the rigid class system that defines her humble destiny.
Their chance meeting becomes the catalyst that changes both of their lives forever.
The Remnants spans four continents and is a true emotional rollercoaster. Told through the lives of two young lovers it's a legacy of love and loss, passion, despair and quiet redemption; the profound story of enduring human spirit amid the agony of chaos and devastation.
..... "Downton Abbey" meets "Atonement".
Anytime a book is able to sink its teeth into me so effectively that I can't stop reading once I start is one I truly treasure. The author does an amazing job of bringing this world to life, and considering the story is about his grandparents adds an extra level of depth and beauty that makes it even more fun to read.
The scenes were riveting and entirely well-written and I found myself transported to the pre war world where a young man has to enlist to avoid punishment for a small offense. From there we go on a journey with the characters involving love, history, and many other beautiful and brilliant things that bring this story to life.
This is a gem for sure, and I can imagine a lot of people finding this and realizing what they have, because it isn't often that books like this come along. I'll easily give this a 5-star review because it captivated and entertained the way not many books can. Well-done.
About the Author
I loved to hear my grandfather's incredible stories about his experiences during The Great War. While 'The Remnants' is a work of fiction, it is rooted in the true narrative of my grandparents who overcame a multitude of trials to escape the class tyranny of Edwardian England and find their way freedom.
I have carried this amazing story with me and was determined to one day share it with others and what better time than the 100th anniversary of World War One.
I was raised in a military family and during my formative years I lived on bases all across Canada. I know first hand the challenges and sacrifices that families face when they devote their lives to the service of their country. And I'm very happy that a portion of the proceeds of 'The Remnants' will be donated to True Patriot Love Foundation- a charity in support of Canadian Military Families.