I’m quite beyond any self control when it comes to downloading books to Kindle, and many of them remain unread – and probably always will, overtaken by all the latest reads that come my way. But I’m so glad I can’t say that any more about the books of Anne Allen. The synopsis of Dangerous Waters really attracted me – I’ve never been to Guernsey, enjoy a bit of vicarious travelling, and I liked the idea of a contemporary romance with a touch of mystery, along with some Second World War secrets.
I really enjoyed it, and was just delighted when Anne offered me a review copy of her second novel, Finding Mother. In this one, Nicole walks away from her cheating husband and decides the time is right to find out who she really is – adopted at birth, she decides to try and find her birth mother, and the search takes her to Guernsey. The story that unfolds spans three generations of women, with their stories of love, loss and some of the most difficult decisions possible. The characters are really well drawn – particularly the three women at the centre of the story – and the book is perfectly paced, dealing with some challenging issues but never becoming anything other than a thoroughly enjoyable read.
And, as with Dangerous Waters, this book has a very strong sense of place – the same vivid Guernsey settings, along with some scenes in Herm (which sounds quite beautiful – when I visit, it’ll have to be a day trip…!). One lovely touch is that Nicole is brought together at one point with the main characters from the first book – Finding Mother would be perfectly readable as a stand-alone, but there’s something rather good about finding out what happened next to characters whose company you’ve so enjoyed.
Anne’s third Guernsey novel, Guernsey Retreat, was originally due for publication on 8 August – but I’m delighted to tell you that it’s already on Amazon for Kindle and Anne tells me that the paperback will be available before the middle of August. I’ll tantalise you for now with the cover, and will be back next week to tell you more about it and share our on-line conversation.
If you enjoy character driven stories set in lovely locations, romantic stories that dip into history, books that deal with real human and moral issues but never lose their ability to entrance and entertain, then the Guernsey novels of Anne Allen might be just what you’re looking for.
Dangerous Waters and Finding Mother are both available as paperbacks and for Kindle: their prices are always reasonable, but from 1 to 3 August, Dangerous Waters will be on a free Kindle promotion. Why not give it a try?
Anne Allen was born in Rugby to a Welsh father and an English mother. As a result she spent many summers with her Welsh grandparents in Anglesey and learnt to love the sea. Now she is based in Devon to be near her daughter and 2 small grandchildren. Her restless spirit has meant a number of moves, the longest stay being in Guernsey for twelve 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. Her younger son is based in London – ideal for city breaks.
By profession Anne is a psychotherapist who long had a desire to write and Dangerous Waters, her first novel,was published in 2012. It was awarded Silver (Adult Fiction) in TheWishingShelfAwards 2012. Her second, Finding Mother, was runner-up in Family Sagas in the 2013 SpaSpa Awards. The third in The Guernsey Novels series, Guernsey Retreat, will be published on 8 August.