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Think of Me

By: Frances Liardet
Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith,Renata Friedman
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Summary

A heartbreaking new novel of grief, family and the enduring power of love from the author of We Must Be Brave.

When I open my eyes, I see a small dark shape at the end of the pew under the window. A piece of cloth, a handkerchief perhaps? No, a woman’s headscarf. 

The blue is bright, Mediterranean. 

I can’t for the life of me remember seeing it before. But all the same it seems familiar. More than familiar. As if I’ve held it in my hands before. As if it’s been next to Yvette’s skin. 

James Acton has come to the village of Upton to begin again. As his grief over the death of his wife eases, he hopes to find new purpose as the vicar of this small Hampshire parish, still emerging from the long shadow of the war.

James’ own war was in the Western Desert, where he fell in love, first with the thrill of being a hurricane pilot and then with Yvette Haddad, the captivating, enigmatic young Alexandrian with a penchant for dangerous driving.

The past has a way of clinging on to us, and even as James embarks on new beginnings, finding friends - and even love - among the people of Upton, the secrets he has held on to so tightly for years threaten to break loose. But Yvette had secrets, too, and as James follows a trail that leads him back through the landscape of their marriage, what he discovers about both of them will change everything.

©2022 Frances Liardet (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"An utterly charming, heartbreaking and beautifully captured story of love, friendship and sacrifice. It will stay with you long after you close the pages." (Helen Simonson, New York Times best-selling author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand)

"An epic and intensely moving novel that crosses the boundaries of place and time to weave a powerful story about overcoming the complications of love and grief - the things we try to spare one another, the things we cannot bear to see. It’s a warm book, an intelligent one, richly observed, clear-eyed, and the generosity of its final pages moved me to tears." (Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry)

"Rich with historical detail, and heartbreaking and hopeful in equal measure, Think of Me is a luminous, compassionate exploration of grief and the tragic effects of loss and secrecy on a family's closest bonds." (Rafe Posey, author of The Stars We Share)

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Loved it

The gentle language and vivid descriptions of a time past, wonderful from start to finish. A love story, but not a soppy chic book. Loved we must be brave, and this title did not disappoint.

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Beautiful!

A gentle and poignant story, set between WWII and the 1970s, told between a husband, James, and the diary of his late wife. It is exquisite, at times immensely sad, but as the story unfolds, and James eventually finds peace with the pains of his past, it ends positively hopefully.
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Another beautiful story

The writing was inspired you felt such a strong connection to the characters Narrator especially Nicholas Guy Smith was fabulous I will certainly look for that name again The people just radiated goodness I do think the previous novel was slightly better in content but still enjoyed it