May 27, 2015

Welsh Weekend: Pattern of Shadows by Judith Barrow

Mary is a nursing sister at Lancashire prison camp for the housing and treatment of German POWs. Life at work is difficult but fulfilling, life at home a constant round of arguments, until Frank Shuttleworth, a guard at the camp turns up. Frank is difficult to love but persistent and won't leave until Mary agrees to walk out with him.

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Mary is a nurse, she works in a POW camp where German doctors are treating the patients. Mary loves her work and it's everything to her. She's also the one who keeps her family going. Her father is aggressive and the situation at home is tense. When she meets Frank she isn't interested in going out with him. He's persistent though, but after a few dates Mary doesn't want to see him any longer. Unfortunately he doesn't take no for an answer...

When a new German doctor arrives the always sensible Mary likes him a bit too much, but she could be punished for fraternizing if they'd be open about it. Mary tries to hide her feelings for Peter, but Frank knows and he's making things difficult for her. Mary also worries about her brother who's a pacifist. He's in prison and there he's met his soul mate. Slowly the situation with her family is getting worse and Mary wants nothing more than to escape it all.

Pattern of Shadows is a beautiful story set in the time of the Second World War. Mary is a strong woman, but there's only so much one person can take. She's a fabulous main character. There are so many family issues she has to solve and she tries the best she can. Even though they don't treat her very well she's there whenever they need her. I kept hoping Mary would find her happiness at some point. I liked following her and reading about her life. Judith Barrow has written a really great story about a wonderful woman.

8 comments:

  1. This sounds fascinating. Thanks for sharing, Suze! :) x

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    1. I liked that it's a WWII novel with a bit of a different angle. Thanks for your lovely comment :). xx

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    2. Thank you, Shery, I appreciate your comment. And thank you Suze

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  2. This sounds amazing jd close to my heart as grandad in law was a POW

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    1. You would like this a lot, I'm 100% sure of that!

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    2. Thank you Tanya for your lovely comment, it's much appreciated. The background of the POW camp is actually researched from the first German POW camp , which was an old cotton mill in Lancashire.

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  3. Suze, I can't say enough how much I appreciate this Jx

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  4. Sounds so good. I'm always interested in these type of stories.

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