Book: Remnants of Dreams by Tricia McGillcategories: Book, Historical Romance, Mainstream Fiction, London Blitz, Romantic Saga, Struggle and Heartache, Family Saga
Tricia McGillabout this book: Remnants of Dreams is based on my mother's life. This book won the Australian Romance Writers Romantic Book of The Year when previously published as Traces of Dreams.
I was the youngest of ten children and by the time I came along things were a lot brighter than they were for our parents and my siblings who were mostly adults by the time I arrived. I garnered stories all my young life, mainly from two of my older sisters as they recounted the ups and downs of a large family going through war, and the depression years associated with wars, poverty and heartache. Despite all this my memories are of a loving family who enjoyed a laugh. Of course I was the spoilt baby so knew nothing of ration books and our mother's struggle to feed a large brood. Our father was a kind man who worked hard all his life to support his family.
Remnants of Dreams begins in North London with Alicia's story. It is 1914, just at the beginning of WW1. It takes us through two world wars, following the loves and heartaches of a large family battling extreme poverty. But despite this they are rich in the things that matter—love and pride. Part two is the story of Alicia's headstrong daughter, Sara. Sara's first love is tragically killed, leaving her carrying his child. Not as fortunate as her mother Sara marries the wrong man, because the man she loves is out of her reach. But like her mother she finds the strength and courage to face many trials and setbacks before building a new life for her and her daughters, and in due course finds true love.
• "I enjoy long, intense family sagas like this. Tricia McGill writes so realistically that the joys and sorrows portrayed made me laugh and cry. This is a novel of great emotional depth." — Kay James for Romance Reader at Heart
• "If you think this is a predictable novel, however, you will miss not only a sweeping story of joy and sorrow, triumph and tragedy, but also an amazing overview of the century seen through a family saga. Tricia McGill takes a bold step into mainstream fiction with this book that flows like a gentle stream on the surface, but conceals a strong undercurrent and unexpected depths." — Mary Allyce.
• "If you like books like Angela's Ashes or sagas like Cold Mountain or Memories of a Geisha, this is the book for you. It'll hold your interest in a tight grasp, and not let go until the last page." — Timeless Tales
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