About The Book : The Remnants begins in Edwardian England and follows the story of Danny and Rose through their desperate struggle to hold on to their love and their lives, during a time of momentous change. Danny Pulbrook is a handsome and rebellious young man. Born the bastard son of a minor royal and orphaned at birth he is determined to find a new life far beyond his “pre-ordained oblivion.” His only way out – a forced enlistment into the army brings him to an inevitable confrontation with his own demons in the cauldron of the first world war. Rose Quayle is a beautiful and confident hazel-eyed housemaid who, like her mother and her mother’s mother is employed in service at Meaford House – an expansive vice-regal estate near Tunbridge Wells. Like Danny she longs for a life beyond the tyranny of the rigid class system that defines her humble destiny. Their chance meeting becomes the catalyst that changes both of their lives forever. The Remnants spans four continents and is a true emotional rollercoaster. Told through the lives of two young lovers it’s a legacy of love and loss, passion, despair and quiet redemption; the profound story of enduring human spirit amid the agony of chaos and devastation. ….. “Downton Abbey” meets “Atonement.”
My Say : The Remnants by W.P. Osborn is the beautifully woven story of two young lovers tested by the awfulness of the First World War. This first novel by author W.P Osborn will make you think about how immensely difficult for them to survive in that era. The determination of these individuals to love was equal to the intensity of war itself. While reading the book, I felt that Mr. Osborn is personally touched by this era. The Remnants is truly the kind of read when the impact stays on your mind for long time even after finishing the book.
The genre is one of my favourites and that is historical ‘romance’. Although the story weighs heavily on the main character’s relationships, as they endure the circumstances and duties of war and I really enjoyed this storyline being submerged in the time and culture. The writer painted so much detail into each passing minute that I could actually felt myself standing in the midst of the events.
I loved the characterisation as they seemed real and uniquely personalised. To see and feel, Danny’s relationship with Rose blossom and grow, and then change through strife, was an emotional ride I will not soon forget.I felt connected with the book. Although there were minor, scattered punctuation and editing errors but that can be ignored while reading the book.
Overall it was an interesting read up with an intriguing theme but what kept it from being four stars, was the frequency of spelling and punctuation errors. So I would like to give 3.3 out of 5 stars to this book.
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~ Sonali Agarwal ~