Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Library Thing Review: This Time Tomorrow


I received this book from a Library Things Member Giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

The book description from author Rupert Colley's website reads as follows:

Two brothers. One woman. A nation at war.

A compelling story of war, brotherly love, passion and betrayal during World War One.

Vast in scope and intimate in the portrayal of three lives swept along by circumstances, ‘This Time Tomorrow’ moves from the drawing rooms of Edwardian London to the trenches of the Western Front and to the uncertainty of post-war Britain.

When Guy Searight volunteers to fight with the British army in the early days of World War One, he leaves behind his girlfriend, Mary. While away fighting, Guy’s younger brother, Jack, seizes an opportunity to woo Mary for himself.

Forthright and self assured, Guy has always looked out for his confident but frail brother and blithely promises his fretting mother that he’ll look out for him when Jack’s turn comes to join up. But embittered by Jack’s betrayal, Guy vows that when Jack has to face the horrors of war for himself, he won’t be there to look after him.

When the brothers are reunited in the trenches of the Western Front, their thoughts are both with Mary. As Jack buckles under the strain of war, can Guy sustain his anger and allow his brother to suffer alone?

A shocking event, catastrophic in its intensity and barbaric in its conclusion, forces Guy to re-evaluate his relationship with his brother, with Mary and ultimately himself.

‘This Time Tomorrow’ is a tale of love, loss and longing.

It doesn't quite do it justice.  'This Time Tomorrow is a heartbreaking story that brings you to deep into the lives of the characters and lets you almost feel things through their eyes. 

The writing brings out so brilliantly the not so pleasant aspects of war, the feeling of missing your loved ones, and so many other things.  I haven't read very many books of this type that brought out such powerful emotions.

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