It’s 1969 and Mary Schormann is living quietly in Wales with her ex-POW husband, Peter, and her teenage twins, Richard and Victoria.
Her niece, Linda Booth, is a nurse – following in Mary’s footsteps – and works in the maternity ward of her local hospital in Lancashire.
At the end of a long night shift, a bullying new father visits the maternity ward and brings back Linda’s darkest nightmares, her terror of being locked in. Who is this man, and why does he scare her so?
There are secrets dating back to the war that still haunt the family, and finding out what lies at their root might be the only way Linda can escape their murderous consequences.
When I run a highlight post as part of a blog tour, it’s only because I’m unable to find the time to read the book. I never publicise books I wouldn’t want to read. But this time I was really gutted I couldn’t find the time to read and review: I have made sure though that the whole series – this is the sequel to Changing Patterns and Pattern of Shadows – is sitting on my kindle so that I can catch up with the whole series as soon as I have a quieter spell.
Living In The Shadows was published by Honno Welsh Women’s Press on 16th July, and is available in paperback and for kindle via Amazon UK and direct from Honno.
There are some lovely quotes from reviews of this series:
“Judith Barrow has not written an ordinary romance but a book that deals with important issues which are still relevant today… an excellent debut novel.” Historical Novels Review
”Judith Barrow has written, with great intensity of emotions, an absorbing saga…” www.gwales.com
”well-paced, gritty love story” Western Mail
“An unforgettable debut novel – perfectly paced” Menna Elfyn
“Barrow’s thoughtful and atmospheric novel shines a light on the shadowy corners of family life…” Lancashire Evening Post
I’m so looking forward to having the opportunity to read!
With thanks to Brook Cottage Books and the author, I’m also really pleased to offer the opportunity to win one of three copies of Living In The Shadows (open internationally). Here’s the Rafflecopter:
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Judith Barrow has lived in Pembrokeshire for thirty years. She is the author of three novels, and has published poetry and short fiction, winning several poetry competitions, as well as writing three children’s books and a play performed at the Dylan Thomas Centre. Judith grew up in the Pennines, has degrees in literature and creative writing and makes regular appearances at literary festivals.
Follow Judith on Twitter: she also has an excellent website.