The Secret Life of Alfred Nightingale written and published by Rebecca Stonehill is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.
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A compelling page turner of a buried past resurfacing, set against a backdrop of the 1960’s youth culture and war torn Crete.
1967. Handsome but troubled, Jim is almost 18 and he lives and breathes girls, trad jazz, Eel Pie Island and his best friend, Charles. One night, he hears rumours of a community of young people living in caves in Matala, Crete. Determined to escape his odious, bully of a father and repressed mother, Jim hitchhikes through Europe down to Matala. At first, it’s the paradise he dreamt it would be. But as things start to go wrong and his very notion of self unravels, the last thing Jim expects is for this journey of hundreds of miles to set in motion a passage of healing which will lead him back to the person he hates most in the world: his father.
Taking in the counter-culture of the 1960’s, the clash of relationships between the WW2 generation and their children, the baby boomers, this is a novel about secrets from the past finally surfacing, the healing of trauma and the power of forgiveness.
A captivating story that will mesmerise fans of Lucinda Riley, Dinah Jefferies and Tracy Rees.
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This was such a profoundly moving novel that evoked many emotions in me. A story cleverly told in two different time frames from two generations of one family going through a pivotal time in their own lives which would leave a lasting impression forever.
The author, Rebecca Stonehill, swept me away to a time in 1967, to a place of free spirit, young love and a time of self-discovery. This particular part of the story was quite fascinating. An adventure for the youngsters who quite bravely took this journey. The caves of Matala with their steeped history intrigued me and with the backdrop of the beach and sea I can understand the draw especially with the Mediterranean temperatures. For young Jim though, who was hellbent on escaping the stifling relationships at home, it wasn’t the idyllic retreat he expected. As the days drew on he felt like something was missing, he was hurting inside with unresolved angst from home and the young love he craved wasn’t like he’d dreamed.
I was then transported back to a beautiful coastal area of Crete to 1940 when British forces were posted to defend Suda Bay and the British ships. This beautiful area was soon to become tarnished and the locals and military personnel were fearing for their lives due to the onset of WWII. Rebecca Stonehill took me to this terrifying time when the man you eat, sleep, work with becomes your closest friend in the world. He’s your brother in arms that you will trust with your life and share your innermost thoughts with. We see a different side to a character that our first impressions of are so far from the truth.
The Secret Life of Alfred Nightingale is a historical timeslip novel about friendship, about self-discovery, about grief, about young love and much, much more. Beautifully poignant, emotive and informative.
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