Wednesday 18 April 2018

The Tapestry of War by Jane MacKenzie @JaneFMacKenzie @AllisonandBusby Blog Tour @AilsaCF

From the deserts of North Africa, to the waters of Scotland, the Second World War touches the lives of two women from two very different worlds. In Alexandria, Fran finds her world turned upside down as Rommel's forces advance on the idyllic shores of Egypt. The life of luxury and stability that she is used to is taken away as she finds herself having to deal with loss, heartache and political uncertainty. Meanwhile, in the Firth of Clyde, Catriona struggles between her quiet rural life and her dreams of nursing injured servicemen on the front lines. As the war rages on, the two women's lives become intertwined - bringing love and friendship to both.

The Tapestry of War by Jane MacKenzie is published by Allison and Busby in paperback on 19 April 2018.  My thanks to the publisher who sent my copy for review and invited me to take part on this Blog Tour. I read and reviewed a couple of this author's books on Random Things in the past; The Daughter of Catalonia (April 2014) and Autumn in Catalonia (December 2015). I really enjoy her writing.

This author's previous books were set in Spanish and French Catalonia, before the war.  Tapestry of War is a new setting for Jane MacKenzie; and the story takes place in Egypt and Scotland during the years of World War II and follows the story of two women, both affected by the war.

Fran is a journalist living in Egypt and Catriona is a Scottish nurse. They have very different lives but the implications of living through a fierce war will impact them both heavily.

Jane MacKenzie has clearly put such a lot of research into this story. She brings the customs and cultures of two such different places to life so very well. Both Fran and Catriona have tragedy and despair to deal with and both of these characters are beautifully created; appearing incredibly real and I for one was completely swept up by both of their stories.

Wonderfully atmospheric and highlighting the perils and consequences of war, for everyone, despite where they lived, or who they were. The Tapestry of War is an evocative and tender story, perfectly executed and will delight fans of this genre.

Jane MacKenzie has spent much of her adult life travelling the world, teaching English and French everywhere from the Gambia to Papua New Guinea to Bahrain, and recently working for two years at CERN in Geneva. 
She now splits her time between her self-built house in Collioure, France, and the Highlands of Scotland, where she has made her family home. 
She is the author of the best-selling Daughters of Catalonia. 

Twitter:  @JaneFMackenzie
Facebook : Author Page

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