Shelter Early Spring In A Clearing Deep Within An English Forest Two Lost Souls Meet For The First TimeConnie Granger Has Escaped The Devastation Of Her Bombed Out City Home She Has Found Work In The Women S Timber Corps, And For Her, This Remote Community Must Now Serve A Secret PurposeSeppe, An Italian Prisoner Of War, Is Haunted By His Memories But In The Forest Camp, He Finds A Strange Kind Of FreedomTheir Meeting Signals New Beginnings In Each Other They Find The Means To Imagine Their Own Lives Anew, And To Face That Which Each Fears The MostBut Outside Their Haven, The World Is Ravaged By War And Old Certainties Are Crumbling Both Connie And Seppe Must Make A Life Defining Choice Which Threatens Their Fragile Existence How Will They Make Sense Of This New World, And Find Their Place Within It What Does It Mean To Be A Woman, Or A Foreign Man, In These Days Of Darkness And New Light A Beautiful, Gentle And Deeply Powerful Novel About Finding Solace In The Most Troubled Times, About Love, About Hope And About Renewal After Devastation It Asks Us To Consider What Makes A Family, What Price A Woman Must Pay To Live As She Chooses, And What We D Fight To The Bitter End To Protect

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❰KINDLE❯ ❃ Shelter  Author Sarah  Franklin –
  • Hardcover
  • 432 pages
  • Shelter
  • Sarah Franklin
  • English
  • 20 September 2019
  • 9781785762994

10 thoughts on “Shelter

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    Shelter is an interesting take on a typical WW2 novel, in that it doesn t focus on life in London or any of England s big cities during the war It s almost entirely based in the countryside, and follows two people brought together by the work that needs doing in the forest one is Connie, who is seemingly running from something and is starting afresh in training in the Women s Timber Corps again, an organisation during the war that isn t generally given much attention in novels , and the other is Seppe, an Italian prisoner of war.Both characters are interesting and well developed, but as the novel went on I found myself going from hating to liking then hating Connie again she seemed really selfish and unlikable at times, but I d then swing back to feeling sorry for her respecting her again It s a mark of Sarah Franklin s writing that she can make the reader feel such conflicting emotions much like Connie s own confusing emotions, I imagine but still make the reader want to read on regardless I also liked that Connie isn t portrayed as the typical feminine character and doesn t follow the normal maternal instincts that is so expected of women even in today s society, nevermind back in the 1940 s Seppe, however, seemed like a lovely character, though not perfect himself I really enjoyed reading as their relationship with one another develops.Shelter jumps back and forwards in time, revealing a little at a time about life for the characters before the war particularly Connie s Sarah Frankling really made me think about how the war effort didn t just consist of those fighting and those in munitions factories, etc it was fought all over, with different people contributing and helping out in their own ways It also highlights the way that a prisoner of war during WW2 would not necessarily have been German, something I to be honest never properly considered until now.I d really recommend this to anyone who enjoys historical or is just a real fan of stories set in WW2, as I am It s a fairly easy read but it has some serious issues and parts to it which provoke the reader to think a little bit, something which I really enjoyed.Book reviews on Many thanks to Bonnier Zaffre and Readers First for providing a copy of this novel on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.

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    It s springtime 1944 and two lonely people find themselves in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, both have already suffered during the war years and now, amongst the closed community of Foresters, they learn new skills while they face the next hurdle in their journey of life.I knew as soon as I heard about this book that I wanted to read it because it is set in the Forest of Dean, the place where I grew up and in the World War II time period which is of huge interest to me, especially when it focusses on the changing role of women Sarah Franklin surpassed my expectations weaving a story about a Lumberjill alongside that of an Italian POW.Connie Granger hails from Coventry until the war her life was going along predictable lines, but this is a young woman who wanted than working in the factory until she met a man and got married Connie wants to see the world and when the Americans come to the UK there is nothing she likes than to don her pretty dress and dance with them Maybe one of these young men could be her ticket to seeing than Coventry, than helping her mother out with her younger siblings and than the life she sees stretching before her on a path strewn with a generation of expectations Connie veers off the path and has joined the Timbre Corps and has been sent to the Forest of Dean for her training.Nearby Seppe is contemplating his fate in a truck transporting him to the POW camp at the top of a hill Seppe carves wood, he is good with his hands and he s relieved he has been captured This was one young man who was fighting a war that he doesn t believe in but that just means he also feels apart from many of his fellow prisoners some of whom hail from the same small town he does, a place where his father doesn t just rule his family with a sharp tongue and an even worse bite a whole community reveres the man.So our two main protagonists have had a tough time with the causes not just created by the war when they are put to work in the Forest to clear the timber to keep up with the quotas demanded by the Ministry of War and we witness the struggle as Seppe and Connie make life changing decisionsThe strength in this book is not just the accurate portrayal of a community one that even when I lived their in the 80s was distinctly separate from those that surround it, at a time when for those living there leaving the Forest was a big deal, but also in the brilliant characters Sarah Franklin has created Every character is special, these lifelike people take in not just Connie and Seppe, but the whole supporting cast from Amos whose house Connie lives in, a house where she sleeps in his son s bed while Billy is off fighting his own war, to Joyce the next door neighbour who has a heart of gold but is no pushover, all are real people with characteristics that reminded me of the older generation of Foresters that I grew up amongst They also give depth to a story that is both emotional and yet speaks of a generation for whom duty was threaded through their bodies despite what their hearts yearned for.With letters home from Billy and excerpts from the paper lightly scattered in between the, at times, heart wrenching story, there was simply so much to savour and enjoy in this historical novel.

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    I d like to start by saying that although I m only giving this a 2 star ranking, my issue isn t with the writing I just felt that the story lagged a little and could have been edited and structured better WWII Gloucester, England Connie is young and alone and finds herself in the Women s Timber Corps, felling tress for the war effort While there she meets Seppe, an Italian POW who ends up helping her cut down trees Together, they begin to come to term with their pasts, and start to think about the future Told through alternating points of view, this story shifted from past to present, but not very seamlessly I also felt that the character of Fredo another POW who terrorized Seppe wasn t necessary Randomly we started to get a third narrator, Amos and his son Billy which didn t really move Connie and Seppe s story forward.Perhaps if the book had been broken up into different parts, with different characters narrating their own part of the book, I would have felt that it was of a whole unit, rather than bits and pieces put together.A very strong ending, had the rest of the book been as well paced and structured I think this would have increased my enjoyment of it.Thank you Netgalley for the advanced copy of this book.

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    Find all my book reviews, plus author interviews, guest posts and book extracts, on my blog her life Connie s had the urge to break away, to explore what life has to offer away from the streets and factories of Coventry She doesn t know what form this new life will take or how she s going to do it What she does know it that she s got to do it Spirited, determined and reckless, the Second World War brings Connie the opportunity to seek what she s looking for but the price for that opportunity is a high one Forced by circumstances to be totally self reliant and desperate to leave bad memories behind, she joins the Women s Timber Corps and finds herself posted to The Forest of Dean to train as a lumberjill.Chance brings together Connie and Seppe, an Italian POW, who is trying to escape his own demons Thoughtful and sensitive, Seppe is initially cowed by his traumatic relationship with his violent father whose malevolent presence seems able to reach even into the confines of the POW camp The spikes of his father s rancour were undimmed by the flimsy paper A spiral of venom rose from the lines, the sheen of anger, pride and sheer vicious temper bitter in Seppe s mouth Despite being haunted by guilt and by what he witnessed during the war, Seppe gradually grows in inner strength as he finds acceptance from the local community For Connie and Seppe, the forest provides shelter from the outside world quite literally at times However, for those born and bred in the forest, the war, and those it brings in its wake, is an unwanted incursion into their lives Those evacuees are still out here, causing chaos in the school And we ve got Yanks in the forest, whole regiments of them The other big change is that we ve got POWs up at Broadwell The war is also a threat to the very existence of the forest itself with the constant demands for timber to support the war effort The forest itself warned them of loss even as they chopped it down Bloody great gaps staring at them in the very woods that had sheltered them all their lives, and people pulled from this life into a new world that swallowed them up I loved the way the author made the forest another character in the story with almost human qualities Amos pushed in amongst the branches until they almost held him in an embrace I thought the author struck the perfect balance between historical fact about wartime events and the story of Connie, Seppe and the other inhabitants of The Forest of Dean Sometimes events erred slightly on the side of convenience but I think we must allow an author some artistic licence and, who knows, sometimes things are just meant to be Finally, I always admire an author who is brave enough not to spell out the conclusion of a book but to let the reader imagine it for themselves.I thought this was an outstanding debut Shelter has an authentic period atmosphere with wonderful characters who take you on an intense but heart warming journey.I received an advance reader copy courtesy of NetGalley and publishers, Bonnier Zaffre, in return for an honest review.

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    Clare Mackintosh calls Sarah Franklin s debut novel, Shelter, life affirming and compelling , and the Irish Times heralds it tender, moving and with an unforgettable heroine Historical author Essie Fox writes that the novel shows how outsiders in a time of war seek to rebuild their lives again Shelter, which was first published in 2017, was also chosen as a book of the month on Netgalley, and has been well received by a slew of reviewers I am disappointed then, with all of these positive reviews, my adoration of historical fiction, and the promise of so many elements which I ordinarily enjoy that I failed to enjoy the novel.Set in rural Gloucestershire in Spring 1944, Shelter follows two protagonists, Connie Granger and Seppe Connie has joined the Women s Timber Corps, an organisation which I knew nothing about before beginning the novel Connie hopes that her new job as a lumberjill will give her a place of safety, and a place to protect the secret she carries Seppe, on the other hand, comes from a markedly different background He is an Italian prisoner of war, who has been transported to the Forest of Dean He is, unsurprisingly, haunted by his wartime experiences, but is surprised to find a certain liberty in his new surroundings.Part of Connie s decision to move to a new area in such a tumultuous time in British history is that she yearned to escape the devastation wreaked on her home city, Coventry, much of which was destroyed in bombing attacks When she arrives in the Forest of Dean, expecting to find peace, she is surprised The place gave her the willies, always something creaking or scratching Whoever thought the countryside was still and calm hadn t spent any time in it When we first meet Seppe, he is being transported, along with a group of other soldiers, to the forest Seppe had been the last one on to the truck, shoved aside by the rest of them as usual From here at the back of the truck he had a good view of the exhaust pipe He d been staring at it for hours, fogged into stupidity, assuming the nausea he felt was merely the same nausea that had accompanied him through the months in Africa, intensifying cruelly each time he d shouldered his weapon But overlaying the nausea now, overlaying, too, the anxiety of what might lie ahead, was dishonourable relief that they were truly done with fighting Nobody was sending him back out there into those sheets of dust, that suffocating cacophony of shouts and weapon fire It made him a bad patriot, but he d been a bad patriot for a long time The prologue of Shelter opens with Connie attending a dance with fellow lumberjill, Hetty The first chapter then flits back to the day of her arrival in the forest Here, Connie stepped off the train and quietly joined the throng of muttering girls as they trailed off the platform towards the station entrance This wasn t like any station she d seen before, like a rundown bus shelter, really There was none of the bustle you d see at Coventry station of an evening, even with the war on It gave her the creeps, but she d keep her opinions to herself for once She needed to behave, make a good impression this next billet mattered like none before As demonstrated in the given examples, Franklin s prose is written in a chatty style, particularly with regard to those chapters which follow Connie Every other chapter, which takes Seppe as its focus, is a little serious in tone His state of mind and fragility are hinted at throughout I found him a far believable character than I did Connie, and was intrigued to learn about him Shelter is rather slow in terms of its pace, and I found the prose a little repetitive Whilst Franklin sets the historical period well, I found the narrative both distanced from its characters, and rather uneven in its tone and style There is a sense of impersonality which suffuses the text, and after a while, I found myself not caring whatsoever about what was going to happen to either main character The secondary characters are shadowy and typecast, and even elements of the protagonists particularly I found it very difficult to engage with it, and the story whilst it sounded right up my street did not pull me in.

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    From the rustic window of this rather exquisite cover lies a magnificent view of the purity of nature, its shifting seasons mirroring the struggles of life, as the shadow of a brutal foe falls upon our shores Shelter A simple one word title captures the underlying theme perfectly the canopy of trees where apprentice Lumberjills are schooled, the welcome the foresters extend to an outsider or the protection offered by the woodland itself, no matter where your own roots may lie.Narrated throughout the final year of conflict, with fleeting periods of reflection, the ravages of World War II compel the characters to confront the consequences of their actions, stretching their resilience until they rediscover the true meaning of home.The ancient forest has witnessed significant changes over time yet it perseveres, regenerates and passes no judgement, much like its dependants The existing species proudly stand guard but they are rivalled by new specimens in the form of the dynamic and determined, Connie, a grounded but troubled POW and closet woodcarver, Seppe, not to mention the unexpected gifts the uncertainty of war can deliver.It s a beautifully composed story, almost a forestry guide of challenging reluctant happiness The locals have a wonderful way of speaking, especially contemplative Amos whose spare room was commandeered for the tornado of the timber corps, Connie The author has serenely animated the forest and its inhabitants, showering an otherwise two dimensional page with an energy that leaves its impression on all five senses.Even though patience, sacrifice and love offer their own rewards, finding Shelter in the most unlikely places proves to be unfamiliar territory for some as there are times when they just can t see the wood for the trees.I loved it, and I m than happy to recommend I was lucky enough to win a gorgeous hardback copy of this title via the publisher s website Reader s First and it s my absolute pleasure to provide this unbiased review

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    Originally posted on This is Lit Book Blog.Shelter is set during World War 2, but is unlike any other WW2 novel you may have read The main characters are not in any big city, nor are they soldiers in the front line They meet in the Forest of Dean, where tress are felled for the war effort Constance Granger is a lumberjill from the Women s Timber Corps and Seppe is an Italian Prisoner of War POW in a forest camp.Both Connie and Seppe have secrets of their own and pasts they wish to forget They meet in the Forest of Dean and this is their story of finding solace, love, and a home away from home.Sarah Franklin has written the characters in this novel brilliantly Seppe is adorable and Connie is well annoying But I also really liked her on some occasions, the ones where I could she where she was coming from And I guess that s how the author wanted us to feel towards Connie She can be so selfish at times, but she can also be a lovable character occasionally The other minor characters in this book have also been written well and I would have loved to read about them.Another reason for why Franklin is such a top notch writer is how descriptive she is about the Forest of Dean This lady knows her trees and she knows how to write about them It s as hot as Satan s backside where I live, and yet reading this book made me feel transported to the forest, cool breeze, pine oil, and all Do check this book out if you like world war novels and books about family, loss, and love.

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    This is a novel with a backdrop of World War2 novel and I generally do not like such novels.Though I struggled with parts of it, I like the way Sarah Franklin has described her characters they are multi faceted and the settings in this book The story is slow moving and well developed and would be a great read for people enjoying this genre.

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    This book surprised me because it s not my usual choice and in the summer I like a happy contemporary book rather than a wartime story but I really enjoyed it The characters are great especially Seppe and the story was well written I ve already recommended it to someone else.

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