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The Lost Years by E. V. Thompson

The Lost Years

by E. V. Thompson

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The thing with Thompson is that you know what you are going to get. Star crossed lovers who may, or may, not hate each other on first sight, then kept apart by class/war/circumstances until the final few chapters where all is resolved and they live happily, contentedly, ever after, (usually after the male has worked his way heroically up the social ladder a couple of notches.)
9/10 there is a bit of social history thrown in for good measures. The working classes struggling with their lot.
For me Thompson's books are the literary equivalent of mashed potato, - comfort food; something to curl up with when you want the familiar, when you want a break from brain-aching 'intellectual' tomes.
He must be doing something right as I have several shelves of the things now! ( )
  ksieyzc_2007 | Oct 5, 2007 |
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Perys Tremayne is not readily accepted by his family in Heligan, Cornwall, because his late parents had caused a scandal. A neighboring farmer's daughter, Annie, and her brother, Martin, the Tremayne's chauffeur, were the only two who would befriend him. But when war breaks out in 1914, Perys' life picks up—his determination and talent for flying enables him to join the RFC and become a distinguished flying ace. Although his war years and flying career go well, his love life was less successful. He is deeply attracted to Annie, but she has an understanding with Jimmy who returns from the Front blind and gas poisoned, so she feels she must go through with her marriage. Perys' next girlfriend is Grace, a nurse, but she's on the SS Sultan, torpedoed and sunk by the Germans. When war ends, Perys meets up again with Annie just after Jimmy commits suicide, unable to live a disabled life.

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Cornwall, 1914: Nineteen-year-old Perys Tremayne arrives at St Austell to stay with relatives at Heligan House, hoping to use his family connections to start a military career. Perys is a Tremayne, but only just: his illegitimacy brought disgrace to the family. The Tremaynes of Heligan are distant relatives, and remain so. His cousin Edward takes an instant dislike to Perys, and uses his influence to dash any hopes of his becoming an officer. Perys finds favour and friendship with the servants and locals. But just when his relationship with farm girl Annie Bray promises to flourish into romance, war breaks out and he leaves to join the Royal Flying Corps... .… (more)

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