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Monday, 2 February 2015

Stella Bain by Anita Shreve

Stella BainStella Bain by Anita Shreve
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have always admired this authors writing, this story is a bit unlike her others, needless to say, just as good.

What must it be like to not know where you came from, your heritage, your background?

This story is set around World war 1. So first, put yourself in that time zone.

Here is a woman in a hospital, no memory of her past or present, just now and again hazey sketches that she cannot piece together.

Its uncanny how she hits on the name Stella.

A psychologist helps her unravel who she is, but is she prepared for what she uncovers.

This is also a love story. Its a great novel from Anita Shreve and I would urge you to read this. Its very good.

I would like to thank ittle, Brown Book Group UK via Net Galley for allowing me my copy to read and review

An epic story, set against the backdrop of World War I, from bestselling author Anita Shreve.
When an American woman, Stella Bain, is found suffering from severe shell shock in an exclusive garden in London, surgeon August Bridge and his wife selflessly agree to take her in.

A gesture of goodwill turns into something more as Bridge quickly develops a clinical interest in his houseguest. Stella had been working as a nurse's aide near the front, but she can't remember anything prior to four months earlier when she was found wounded on a French battlefield.

In a narrative that takes us from London to America and back again, Shreve has created an engrossing and wrenching tale about love and the meaning of memory, set against the haunting backdrop of a war that destroyed an entire generation.

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