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Book: The Loves We Left Behind - WWI Centenary by Margaret Tanner

categories: Book, WW1 Centenary, War Romance, Australia at War, Military Romance, Women's Fiction, Rural Romance, Historical Fiction, WW1 Fiction, Brave Women, Historical Romance


Margaret Tanner

Author Margaret Tannerabout this book: The Loves We Left Behind is collection of three novels each set against a background of the 1st World War.

To mark the centenary of the start of the 1st World War, I thought it an appropriate time to draw attention not only to the brave men who fought, but the loyal women who faced hardship and loss at home.

Stories of my family's involvement in the 1st World War fired my interest, and after having access to a relative's diary, it became a passion with me. I read as many books as I could then visited the battlefields in France and Belgium.

One of my relatives died of wounds in the military hospital in Rouen, France in 1917. He was a married man in his thirties, who felt duty bound to fight for the Empire. He left a wife and two small children behind. Another relative was only twenty one when he died in the Turkish campaign on Gallipoli in 1915. He was a young adventurer who wanted to see the world.

I wanted to write about what it would have been like for the wives and sweethearts of men like these. How did they cope if their man came home wounded? Or if he didn't come home at all? Could they find happiness a second time around?

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