The Silent Land, David Dunham

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Just when Rebecca Lawrence believed joy had come into her life, she learns the truth about how her mother died years before. Marriage to her first love and motherhood pulls her back from resentment, only for the First World War to threaten her peace when her husband is sent to fight. When she discovers another lie which could fracture her world, she is faced with the choice of ignoring it, or letting the scars of the past corrupt her. Set between 1903 and 1919, The Silent Land explores the complexities of love and the pursuit of truth in grief. The inspirational purity of the heroine will draw readers in, demonstrating how strength can be found at times when it would have seemed inconceivable. The Silent Land explores the different shades of grief – the loss of a mother through assisted suicide, the loss of a father through a heart attack, and the loss of a husband through conflict. Comparable to works by Colm Toibin and Sebastian Faulks, this is a moving and eloquently written tale of the overwhelming struggle faced by women left at home during the war.

Publisher: Matador, June 2016

Reviewer: Jen

The Silent Land. Such a sad story of a young woman – Rebecca Lawrence – from her young life through to her experience of love,marriage and death. Illness and war are such dreadful things to overcome. Great characters in this book.   The Author. David Dunham. If this is his debut novel he has done a great job with this one. I loved the story although it was very sad. Makes you appreciate life and what you have.


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4 Responses to The Silent Land, David Dunham

  1. Joy Fulcher says:

    I have just finished reading your wonderful book. I was lying under a palm tree on holiday, everyone about me were so happy, but I had tears in my eyes for Rebecca. I live in the village in which the story was based and was transported back to an era and area that I love. Every few pages took me to familiar places, Hallow Park, the Green, the Malt House, the Malverns, Worcester and the Camp Inn. I loved the characters and felt bereft when I finished the book.
    The War too was of huge interest, our history group have spent many, many months researching the lives of all the Hallow people who served.
    I look forward to your next book, as it has been a long time since a book has held my interest from start to finish.

  2. Rachel Stephens says:

    I’ve not read a book in years as I’ve found it hard to concentrate on anything long enough to be drawn into a book, but decided to give this book a go – loved it! I was quickly absorbed into the characters and plot, making me want to read on. Thoroughly recommend reading this book. Thanks for getting me back into reading 🙂

  3. Sharon says:

    The Silent Land, is an absolute fantastic read. The story line draws you in emotionally. When you read the book it will definitely draw you in too. The Author David Dunham has written this beautifully can’t wait to read more of his work in the future.

  4. M Hartley says:

    Eek I wanted to rate 5 but pressed it wrong. This book was fantastic, so beautifully written. I am from the area it is based and it is so accurate I felt I was there again. Beautifully written, so much love, joy and sadness. Well worth reading.

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