Blog Tour: Book Review & Giveaway - We've Come To Take You Home by Susan Gandar

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Title - We've Come To Take You Home
Author - Susan Gandar
Publication Date - March 28th 2016
Publisher - Matador
Format - Paperback
Pages - 256

Samantha Foster and Jessica Brown are destined to meet. But one lives in the 20th century, the other in the 21st... It is April 1916 and thousands of men have left home to fight in the war to end all wars. Jessica Brown's father is about to be one of these men. A year later, he is still alive, but Jess has to steal to keep her family from starving. And then a telegram arrives - her father has been killed in action. Four generations later, Sam Foster's father is admitted to hospital with a suspected brain haemorrhage. A nurse asks if she would like to take her father s hand. Sam refuses. All she wants is to get out of this place, stuck between the world of the living and the world of the dead, a place with no hope and no future, as quickly as possible. As Sam's father's condition worsens, her dreams become more frequent - and more frightening. She realises that what she is experiencing is not a dream, but someone else's living nightmare...

We've Come to Take You Home is an emotionally-charged story of a friendship forged 100 years apart.

When I was first contacted about joining the blog tour for Susan Gandar's We've Come To Take You Home, I thought it sounded absolutely wonderful. I truly love a novel that takes you back in time, to a place long before your own. In We've Come To Take You Home, Susan Gandar achieves a brilliant job of doing so.

Within this novel, the author introduces her readers to Samantha Foster and Jessica Brown. Living in completely different times, I loved picking up on the contrasts between the girls and accepting, not for the first time, how life was so very different back then. Gandar's descriptions and characterisation allowed me to summon up vividly in my mind the settings and characters on the page, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading as the characters' layers were stripped away and their separate circumstances began to take shape and form. I was eager to see how Gandar would lead her two characters towards each other, and really couldn't wait for this moment to take place.

Set amid war and devastation, this novel was packed with emotion, and it was powerful to experience war from a young girl's perspective. It was sad and really struck a chord with me. Gandar's emotional descriptions were spot-on and allowed me to take in these emotions as if they were my own. As the novel picked up and I was pulled further and further into this story, my eagerness to see how it would end was enough to have me racing through the final pages.

All in all, We've Come To Take You Home by Susan Gandar was a fabulously rich and captivating tale that I thoroughly enjoyed from beginning to end. Becca's Books will be awarding this book with four cupcakes. Special thanks to Jenny from Neverland Blog Tours and the author Susan Gandar for providing me with a gorgeous proof copy of this book.


About the Author
My father, John Box, was a film production designer, working on
‘Lawrence of Arabia’, ‘Dr. Zhivago’, ‘The Great Gatsby’, ‘A Man For All Seasons’ and the musical
‘Oliver’. (Click here for more on John ) Our house was always filled with people, usually
eccentric, always talented, invariably stroppy, discussing stories. My mother put my father’s four
Oscars to good use as toilet roll holders, doorstops and hat stands.
A major chunk of my childhood was spent loitering around on film sets. Who needs an ‘English
education’ when you have the polystyrene-coated streets of downtown Moscow, ten miles
outside of Madrid, to explore?
But then the years of ‘Who Will Buy My Sweet Red Roses’ came to a rather abrupt end. Reality
knocked on the door in the guise of the Metropolitan Line to Shepherds Bush and the BBC.
Working in television as a script editor and story consultant, I was part of the creative team
responsible for setting up ‘Casualty’. I became known for going after the more ‘difficult’ stories at
the same time successfully racking up viewing figures from 7 to 14 million.
I went on to develop various projects for both the BBC and the independent sector. The period I
enjoyed most was working with Jack Rosenthal, a wonderful writer, on the series ‘Moving Story’
– ‘That’s a situation, a good situation, but now you need to make it into a story.’
Martin, my husband, was made an offer he couldn’t refuse and we left England to live in
Amsterdam. ‘Ik wil een kilo kabeljauw, alstublieft’ will, if all goes well, buy you a piece of cod – I
decided to concentrate on my writing rather than my Dutch pronunciation.
My debut novel, ‘We’ve Come to Take You Home’, set in the present and in 1918, a crossover
aimed at the adult and young adult women’s popular fiction market, was published on 28 th March
by Matador.

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