Blog Tour: Review: We’ve Come To Take You Home by Susan Gandar
Welcome to my stop on the We’ve Come To Take You Home Blog Tour, written by Susan Gandar and hosted by Neverland Blog Tours. I’m very pleased to be taking part and hope you enjoy my review. There is also a Giveaway for a signed copy of the book at the end of the post.
Samantha Foster and Jessica Brown are destined to meet. One lives in the twentieth century, the other in the twenty-first century
April 1916 and thousands of men have left home to fight in the war to end all wars. Jessica Brown’s father is about to be one of those men. A year later, he is still alive but Jess has to steal to keep her family from starving. And then a telegram arrives – her father has been killed in action.
Four generations later, Sam Foster’s father is admitted to a hospital’s intensive care unit with a suspected brain haemorrhage. A nurse asks if she would like to take her father’s hand. Sam refuses. All she wants is to get out of this place, stuck between the world of the living and the world of the dead, a place with no hope and no future, as quickly as possible.
As Sam’s father’s condition worsens, her dreams become more frequent – and more frightening. She realises that what she is experiencing is not a dream, but someone else’s living nightmare…
We’ve Come to Take You Home is an emotionally-charged story of a friendship forged 100 years apart.
We’ve Come To Take You Home tells us the story of two girls Jessica and Samantha separated by 100 years. In this dual timeline novel Jessica’s story is being told during war-torn Britain and Sam’s story is being told right now.
Sam’s timeline is quite hard to follow, her story follows her whilst she struggles with the difficulty of her Father having an accident which puts him in ICU. Whilst this is happening she also has time-slips where she finds herself seeing through other people’s eyes, of a time long before now. The writing is quite awkward and the time-slips written so suddenly that it is very confusing to read. I spent much of the time I was reading Sam’s timeline completely confused and trying to work out what was happening and how it related to the story.
Jessica’s timeline on the other hand was a pleasure to read, she had such an interesting and moving story, it would have worked fantastically as a standalone novel without Sam’s story being there at all. It was Jessica’s story which kept me going and encouraged me to keep reading. I wanted to find out what happened in her story and how. I wished there was more to her story and was disappointed that there wasn’t more.
At the end of the book there is an attempt to resolve the questions and bring the two timelines together and show how the time-slips Sam experiences are relevant but I felt it was rushed and confusing. I didn’t feel that it completely made sense nor did I feel that it resolved the story.
My feelings for this book were very split and quite confused and at times it felt as though I was reading two different books. The story about Jessica saves this book, it felt passionate, full of love, and was an emotionally charged tragedy.
Thank you very much to Susan Gandar for a copy of the novel to review this book honestly for the blog tour.
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
About Susan Gandar:
My father, John Box, was a film production designer, working on ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, ‘Dr. Zhivago’, ‘The Great Gatsby’, ‘A Man For All Seasons’ and the musical ‘Oliver’. (Click here for more on John ) Our house was always filled with people, usually eccentric, always talented, invariably stroppy, discussing stories. My mother put my father’s four Oscars to good use as toilet roll holders, doorstops and hat stands.
A major chunk of my childhood was spent loitering around on film sets. Who needs an ‘English education’ when you have the polystyrene-coated streets of downtown Moscow, ten miles outside of Madrid, to explore?
But then the years of ‘Who Will Buy My Sweet Red Roses’ came to a rather abrupt end. Reality knocked on the door in the guise of the Metropolitan Line to Shepherds Bush and the BBC. Working in television as a script editor and story consultant, I was part of the creative team responsible for setting up ‘Casualty’. I became known for going after the more ‘difficult’ stories at the same time successfully racking up viewing figures from 7 to 14 million.
I went on to develop various projects for both the BBC and the independent sector. The period I enjoyed most was working with Jack Rosenthal, a wonderful writer, on the series ‘Moving Story’ – ‘That’s a situation, a good situation, but now you need to make it into a story.’
Martin, my husband, was made an offer he couldn’t refuse and we left England to live in Amsterdam. ‘Ik wil een kilo kabeljauw, alstublieft’ will, if all goes well, buy you a piece of cod – I decided to concentrate on my writing rather than my Dutch pronunciation.
My debut novel, ‘We’ve Come to Take You Home’, set in the present and in 1918, a crossover aimed at the adult and young adult women’s popular fiction market, was published on 28th March by Matador.
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Title: We’ve Come To Take You Home
Author: Susan Gandar
Genre: Historical Fiction, Time-Slip
Publisher: Troubador Publishing
Publication Date: 28 March 2016
Review Format: Paperback
Other Formats: eBook
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