Review: A Splendid Boy by Melanie Martin

a-splendid-boy-melanie-martinA Splendid Boy by Melanie Martin

Publication Date: May 27th 2016
Details: Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Flanker Press
Source: I won a copy from Goodreads.

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A Royal Newfoundland Regiment Love Story

In the summer of 1914, Daniel Beresford’s innocent love affair with the merchant’s daughter is discovered, forcing him to make an impossible decision to save his family from financial ruin. When news of the First World War reaches Middle Tickle, Daniel, who is torn between his love for Emma Tavenor and his responsibility to his family, enlists in the Newfoundland Regiment and departs for training.

When Emma learns her father is to blame for Daniel’s unexplained departure, she follows him to England, hoping they’ll be reunited. Yet on the voyage, she discovers the regiment has been called up and is already engaged in battle. She realizes her only hope of finding Daniel is to join the Voluntary Aid Detachment and make her way to the Western Front.

In 1916, on the eve of the Battle of the Somme, Emma and Daniel are reunited for a single, impassioned night near Beaumont-Hamel. Can the love they share survive the barriers of class and the horrors of battle? Or are their lives fated to join what would later be called a lost generation?


I won a copy of A Splendid Boy from Goodreads.

I’m not exactly sure how I’m going to review this book. I read it back in January or February and I wrote a review and then forgot to post it. Now I have no idea where that review is and I read the book so long ago I can’t really remember much.

What I do remember is that I enjoyed the book. I sat in the living room and read it in one sitting. I entered the giveaway because I thought it sounded like it might be a good read. I love anything historical so I thought why not enter. I ended up liking the book more than I thought I would. I’m not sure why I thought it would be just an okay read, but for some odd reason I did. I’m glad I entered and gave it a try since I ended up not wanting to put it down.

I wish I could say more, but like I said, it was so long ago. If I ever find my original review, I will make sure to replace this one.

3 out of 5 stars


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