Book: The Guest Who Stayed by Roger Penfoundcategories: Book, Romance, Adventure, Betrayal, Desire, Lust, Historical Fiction
Roger Penfoundabout this book: As the First World War draws to a close, three young friends, on the threshold of adulthood are eager to break out of the poverty and deprivation that has beset their childhood in rural England. Each seeks their destiny in different ways. When a hardened war veteran is thrown into their midst, the delicate fabric which held their relationship together is fractured and the resulting turmoil has profound implications not only for their lives, but for the generation that follows.
This is a story of trust, betrayal, sexual provocation and ultimate survival. The characters are victims of a changing world order which upsets and overturns traditional values. But they are also victims of their own craving for change, seduced by the comforts of a rapidly expanding consumer society.
Readers of this novel identify closely with the characters and journey with them through a landscape of unseen twists and turns.
'This book was absolutely beautiful. I honestly could not stop reading it.' (Wattpad Reader)
'This is a terrific and very compelling book. I did nothing for two days but read it. (Goodreads Review)
The story is compelling because the characters are real. As a child I knew these people but only as an adult did I begin to understand the complex web of tensions and commitments that bound them together. Assigning words and emotions to these people I had known as 'aunts and uncles' was a daunting experience, yet in many ways the story wrote itself. Frequently I found the tale unfolding in most unexpected ways. Perhaps I was receiving a little help from 'the other side'.
As an author, I hope you will identify with the complex lives of these characters and share their pain, emotion and elation. As we travel through life doors often close and routes are blocked. But new and unexpected paths do appear, which if we have the courage to follow, reveal a destiny that rewards the journey we have undertaken.
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