I’m delighted to welcome you today to my stop on the blog tour for When I Come Home Again, the stunning new historical novel by Caroline Scott. Thank you to Anne Cater and Simon & Schuster for giving me the opportunity to read and review this incredible book.
About the book:
1918. In the last week of the First World War, a uniformed soldier is arrested in Durham Cathedral. When questioned, it becomes clear he has no memory of who he is or how he came to be there.
The soldier is given the name Adam and transferred to a rehabilitation home where his doctor James is determined to recover who this man once was. But Adam doesn’t want to remember. Unwilling to relive the trauma of war, Adam has locked his memory away, seemingly for good.
When a newspaper publishes a feature about Adam, three women come forward, each claiming that he is someone she lost in the war. But does he believe any of these women? Or is there another family out there waiting for him to come home?
Based on true events, When I Come Home Again is a deeply moving and powerful story of a nation’s outpouring of grief, and the search for hope in the aftermath of war.
About the author:
Caroline completed a PhD in History at the University of Durham. She developed a particular interest in the impact of the First World War on the landscape of Belgium and France, and in the experience of women during the conflict – fascinations that she was able to pursue while she spent several years working as a researcher for a Belgian company. Caroline is originally from Lancaster, but now lives in southwest France. The Photographer of the Lost was a Radio 2 Bock Club pick.
When I Come Home Again is the incredible new historical novel by Caroline Scott, author of The Photgrapher of the Lost, which was one of my favourite reads of last year. I did wonder if the author would be able to write another book as wonderful as her first, but I needn’t have worried as When I Come Home Again is quite possibly even better!
Once again the focus is on the aftermath of the First World War and the devastating effect it had on both the soldiers returning home from unimaginable horrors and the people surrounding them. The story begins with the arrest of a man in uniform in Durham Cathedral. He appears to have no memory of who he is or where he came from and is taken to a rehabilitation home under the care of doctor James Haworth. James is haunted by his own wartime experiences and is determined to help the young man discover who he is.
But ‘Adam’ doesn’t want to remember and is unwilling to relive the trauma of war, locking away his true identity deep inside himself. So an appeal is published in a newspaper along with a photograph of the young soldier, leading to an influx of people coming forward to claim him. But three women in particular are convinced that he is their missing relative, desperate to claim him as their own. Are any of the women really his next of kin? Or is there another family out there waiting for him to come home?
Inspired by a true story, When I Come Home Again is a stunning read that drew me in from the very first page and didn’t let go until the final heart wrenching page had been turned. Beautifully written by Caroline Scott, this book is such an emotional read, filled with a poignancy that made my heart ache. The desperation of the three women hoping to have found their missing loved one is palpable, tearing my heart into a million pieces as they do everything in their power to prove that, yes, Adam is the man they are searching for.
Caroline Scott is a phenomenal author whose passion for this time period shines through with every page. Beautifully written, When I Come Home Again is a powerful and deeply emotional exploration of grief, loss and the futility of war and is a book that I know will stay with me for a long time to come.
A stunning book that I would highly recommend.
When I Come Home Again by Caroline Scott is available to purchase now: Amazon UK
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