Lives Apart: A World War II Chronicle

 An exciting 5 part chronicle set in World War 2 and inspired by the story of Rifleman Ted Taylor and his fiancée Brenda Burge. Click on titles to take you straight to Amazon. Just like real life Lives Apart contains ADULT CONTENT

Published by GWL Publishing

Print1. Separation

 

While the Germans overrun Europe and threaten to invade Britain in the early months of the war the lives of several individuals and their families are changed forever.

Joe Price: A young soldier, newly called up and recently engaged, should be safe in Suffolk, but instead finds himself in France, fighting the Germans in the Battle for Calais.

Peggy Cooper: Joe’s fiancée and trainee nurse, faces the horrors of treating wounded men, returning from fighting in France, believing Joe is still safe in England.

Louis Servier: A young French soldier, initially keen to ‘do his bit’ but soon terrifyingly out of his depth and running scared.

Brigitte Fabron: Louis’ girlfriend, who he assumes will be waiting for him, but who has, in fact turned her attention to the occupying Germans.

Marcel Servier: Louis’ younger brother, sent away by his parents who fear for his safety, treks to the coast in the hope of safe passage to England. En route, he meets many new friends, some of whom have even more reason than him to fear for their lives.

Olive Cooper: Peggy’s cousin, working for the local council. Her only interest in life is her German lover, now forced to return to his homeland. Their letters keep them together and Olive delights in giving him all the news and gossip.

How will they face tragedy and uncertainty, not knowing what the future will bring and will they survive the heartbreak of Separation?

This is the first of a five part chronicle, telling the story of several individuals and their families through the Second World War.

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2. Change 

3. Love 

4. Deception 

5.Retribution 

Was previously published under the title The Cat & The Nightingale Saga which was written as a docu drama and based closely on the diaries of my in-laws.  This has been withdrawn as I have completely revised, rewritten and fictionalized it with lots of new material, including adult content. Although inspired by my in laws’ story the characters are now totally ficticious. 

Reviews:

3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
By Mr. J. Reeve on 29 August 2017
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Enjoyable read, interesting facts relating to WW2 .

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
By mac laird on 20 August 2017
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love it

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
By carol love on 18 August 2017
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Couldn’t wait to read the next book in the series.

5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
By Carol Carter on 13 July 2017
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Enjoyed this book. I liked the way that this book had several different characters each with their own story. I found that it was difficult to put this book down. Excellent. Really good.

4.0 out of 5 stars Good yarn!
By Mike John Coombs on 20 June 2017
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Easy read in short scenes about people whose lives were changed by the onset of war. Enjoyable and I will read sequels.

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
ByDavid Ramply on 12 May 2017
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Fast moving with interesting characters

5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting stories
By M Y T KARUNARATNA on 7 May 2017
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Good fast paced narrative which introduces the characters & starts to link them together. Excellent introduction which attracts and maintains interest.

4.0 out of 5 stars World war 2
By Cilla on 27 April 2017
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I didn’t mind lots of characters and the short chapters, but a little too much sex which is very explicit for my liking. On the whole a good read and I will look forward to reading the sequels.

5.0 out of 5 stars Early Days of WW2
By Mrs S Gaskin on 7 April 2017
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I love this period of history and initially found the chapter sequencing confusing. Once the characters became established this fleshed into a really good read from several different stances. Germans came across as brutal sex starved beasts.

5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of characters but easy to follow
By trisha R on 2 March 2017
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Read the whole series in just over a week, couldn’t put them down. Lots of characters but easy to follow. I couldn’t wait for each book to find out the fates of everyone. Definitely recommended

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series
By Bob Bailey on 5 February 2017
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I have just finished reading all five books in the series and i thoroughly enjoyed them all. Highly recommended

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
By Gloster Gal on 31 December 2016
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Brilliant and am now reading the sequel as first part ends too abruptly

2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing.
By elliebee on 18 September 2016
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I’m usually interested in books about WW2 but this is a very light-weight story. It could have been good as it portrayed the lives of both British and French people. Now I am not at all prudish, but the author seems to think it necessary to add sex in to nearly every chapter and I felt it detracted from the story rather than adding to it and I got bored half way through.

5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this book very much
By C W on 29 July 2016
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I really could not put this book down. I did not think I would enjoy the short chapters but it all made sense, switching from one person or group to the next, followed their stories. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in mainly the civilian aspects of WW two. I have already started book two and want to know how the characters develop.

5.0 out of 5 stars When I started to read the book I though there …
By kjhblue on 13 October 2015
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When I started to read the book I though there are so many characters and locations to remember that I would lose sight of the story. However the unique way the story is written rapidly introduces the reader to the characters and locations where the story takes place. I have read the first two in the series and fully follow the flow and look forward to the following three books. I rarely consider a book a page turner book both the books are truly page turners. It was a novel to lose yourself in.

5.0 out of 5 stars) and loved it- great series of stories which really evoke the …
By Gill on 19 August 2015
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I met Carole and her husband at War and Peace in Folkestone where they were enthusiastically promoted this series of books. I downloaded this one and pre-ordered the second (now arrived and started!) and loved it- great series of stories which really evoke the second world war and draw you in. My only complaint is that I can’t wait to know what happens to everyone over the 5 books and April 2016 SEEMs a long way away to get to know. I am practicing patience however! I am recommending this series to all my book-loving friends!