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Book: An Impossible Marriage by Meriel Brooke

Book: An Impossible Marriage by Meriel Brooke

categories: Book, World War One, World War II, Malaya, Farming, Australia, Love, WW1, WW2, Historical, Family Saga


Meriel Brooke

Author Meriel Brookeabout this book: I wrote this book because I started to document my father's life. He was a farmer's son, fought as a boy pilot in the WW1, was awarded the MC, became a rubber planter, and fought in WW2. I then decided to write a fictional story based on his life. I started writing and researching it nine years ago.

It's set in the first half of the 20th century and covers two World Wars and three continents and gives a first hand glimpse of colonial life in Malaya and farming in Shropshire in those early days.

Returning from the First World War and striving for a better life, Samuel Singleton goes to Malaya to make his fortune in the rubber plantations, his parting words being a promise to his childhood sweetheart to send for her once he was settled. But he meets and marries Ruth Birley, an Oxford graduate. The children from both relationships inadvertently meet as medical students and fall in love, not realizing they have the same father.

Hence the title of the book, An Impossible Marriage.

I hope new readers feel like this one did:

• "I loved this book! I could not put the book down! please read if you have a few hours to spare on a cold afternoon!"

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