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the first I read in the series and it is absolutely well done as a stand alone and first I read in the series and it is absolutely well done as a stand alone and ntertaining After reuesting the sample from I was invested in Joan s new world and with Jim s conflicts and bought the novel An ntertaining treat for an afternoon Technically and plot wise the first 85% of the novel was absolutely sound It was only thereafter that I lost interest as it
Seemed To Take Me to take me the beginning of the characers developments On the whole I was horrified by the ambiguity shown towards Joan was really rooting for her forgave her her faults and insecurities I got frustrated with Jim arly on but realized he was also coming to the conclusion that he needed to DO something and therefore I was also invested in his story I was totally unsure about Alice Her affair however really rounded out her character Well done The jumping about from points of view weren t terribly confusing but a little jarring The story was going really well and the climax was absolutely well xecuted Where I thought things would thereafter come to a nice balance nded up turning into a drawn out soap opera The last 15% of the book I nded up skimming because I was frustrated by how the characters seemed to fall right back into their old patterns and their old flaws Which may very well be true to life and this is where I feel fiction and real life must part ways The second troublesome part I had were with the very rare flashbacks for Jim They seemed ill fitted and distracted from the story for me On the whole The Alien Corn was uite njoyable ven uniue Again one does not necessarily have to read the first book to understand what s happened here That ability to drip in the characters pasts was done xceptionally well A thoroughly njoyable read I hadn t read the first book but Clare fills in the back story so well that it didn t really matter The lives of Jim and Joan a war bride in the late 1940 s Canada and the problems facing such couples is vividly described and you can imagine how hard it was for young women to follow their husbands leaving behind family friends and verything they knew It would be interesting to know how many of these rushed marriages worked out once the glamour and A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, excitement of American GI s and Canadians wore off My thanks to TBConFB and Clare for this copy Another author to add to my growing list for good historical novels I didn tnjoy this as much as the first or third It fed my need to learn about the fates of the main characters It just felt a little incomplete. Xperiences in Italy Iingering feelings for a former lover and the demands of the farm begins to doubt his love for JoanFrom the rolling farmland of Ontario to the ravaged landscapes of war torn Italy this sweeping love story is the seuel to The Chalky Se. ,
The Alien Corn picks up the story of Jim and Joan whom we first met in Clare Flynn s The Shadow Reader earlier novel The Chalky Sea I actually started reading this as a stand alone book but stopped halfway through to read thearlier one just out of curiosity this could definitely be njoyed without reading the first one but I liked to have the backstory The Chalky Sea is set during WWII and The Alien Corn opens with Jim returning home to Canada intending to return to
in England once he has seen his parents However things never uite asJoan in England once he has seen his parents However things never
PlannedClare Flynn Is AFlynn is "A Storyteller This Is The Third Novel "storyteller this is the third novel hers I ve read and ach time I ve found myself completely ngrossed in the story and invested in the characters Both Jim and Joan are asy to The Power Of A Choice engage with and I was keen to know how things would turn out throughout The story is well paced it keeps your attentions the whole way through the bookI look forward to reading future books by the author and would definitely recommend this to readers whonjoy historical andor romantic fiction An absolutely brilliant follow up to The Chalky Sea More or less read in one sitting I found it as good and unputdownable as the last one I loved the characters their volving lives and the period this book is set in and thoroughly recommend deserving of the 5 awarded Joan and her son have joined her husband Jim and family in Canada They haven t seen ach other since their marriage four years before Joan from Aldershot is faced with a culture shock From the uintessentially British activities of going to the pictures dances fish chips and pubs to a remote grain farm in Canada She has to acclimatise to a marriage to a taciturn preoccupied husband who is suffering from CSR or battle fatigue the x fiancee and the hostile mother in law Initially she is sidelined and has no involvement with the family activities Does she manage to fit in There was an interesting account of making maple syrup On to the third book in the seriesAvailable on KindleUnlimited This seuel to The Chalky Sea kept me reading throughout I needed to discover what happened to Jim once he returned to his home in CanadaThe descriptions of life on the remote Ontario farm far from the bright city lights are vivid and transported me to a different world I could picture Jim working in the cornfields under the summer sunshine or battling to clear the deep winter snowdrifts I could identify with war bride Joan s difficulties in adapting to this alien life and settle down in her new nvironment Whereas her son Jimmy with the adapta. They faced up to the challenges of war – but can they deal with the troubles of peaceCanadian Jim Armstrong married in haste during the second world war after a one night stand When his wife and their small son join him in Canada it’s four years sinc. .
Bility of the young loves his new life Her unsympathetic mother in law makes her daily struggle The Case for Paleolibertarianism and Realignment on the Right even difficult and husband Jim does not appear to appreciate how many sacrifices she has made in leaving her hometown and her family He isxperiencing a great deal of Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling emotional trauma of his own due to his participation in the brutal Italian campaign in World War II and his brief affair with a married woman whilst stationed in Britain for whom he still harbours feelings The addition of Jim s widowed sister in law to the mix a beautiful woman to whom he was oncengaged adds Monsieur Pain extra spice to the taleI did wonder how Joan and indeed Jim managed to find the money to return to Britain when they were struggling to buy a small house of their own in Canada However this was annjoyable asy read a worthy seuel to the author s previous novelThis story was sent to me by the author pre publication in return for an honest review Review to come Oh my goodness Clare has only gone and done it again I absolutely could not put this book down So much so I used my afternoon off work to finish it Fast paced
funny sad and intriguing Jim and Joan s life in Canada was harder than they xpected and thesad and intriguing Jim and Joan s life in Canada was harder than they xpected and the they dealt with verything thrown at them kept me hooked The way these books are written is outstanding I m just sad that I have finished please say there ll be another I previously njoyed Chalky Sea by Clare Flynn as I love the way she weaves her story whilst also nlightening you on past Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. events The Alien Corn book was no different I found I simply couldn t put the book down as I wanted to know what was going to happen She wove a fantastic story with memorable characters the pace of the book was punchy with it taking twists and turns throughout I loved the setting in Ontario and how Joan the war bride needed to adapt to a much slower pace of life away from her friends and family with a small child in tow and in a country so vastly different to how Britain was following the war It highlighted just how hard it was for brides who had never spent time with their husbands after getting married and how they had to adapt to family life and often different circumstances andnvironments when their husbands returned from warThis book was written in such a fantastic way that there could Patrick the Wolf Boy, Volume 1 easily be another instalment as the characters are people you feel you have gotten to know and you are invested in their journey and what life is going to bring them next I thoroughlynjoyed this book and would recommend both this and Chalky Sea to anyone wh. E they’ve seen ach other War bride Joan discovers Jim has no intention of the family returning to England She struggles to adapt to life on a remote farm in Ontario far from her family and cold shouldered by Jim’s mother Jim haunted by his wartime