A Forgotten Place

A Forgotten Place

Though the Great War has ended, Bess Crawford finds herself caught in deadly circumstances on a remote Welsh headland in this tenth entry from the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author.The fighting has ended, the Armistice signed, but the war has left wounds that are still agonizingly raw. Battlefield Nurse Bess Crawford has been assigned to a clinic for amputees, an...

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A Forgotten Place Reviews

  • Kathy

    I like reading series, and I have read all of the books from this duo over the years. It is similar to visiting old friends though not every visit can be equally rewarding. The Great War has come to a close, but there are amputees to care for in various clinics as Bess continues her work as a Sister. Here she becomes invested in the fate of a group of Welsh soldiers and takes her well deserved leave into the windswept shores of the Gower Peninsula. First stop is a mining village where she discov

    I like reading series, and I have read all of the books from this duo over the years. It is similar to visiting old friends though not every visit can be equally rewarding. The Great War has come to a close, but there are amputees to care for in various clinics as Bess continues her work as a Sister. Here she becomes invested in the fate of a group of Welsh soldiers and takes her well deserved leave into the windswept shores of the Gower Peninsula. First stop is a mining village where she discovers her former patients have chosen suicide and an avalanche of earth sends her on her way to Swansea after tending to injured.

    Next stop is a village fit for Halloween. This results in hundreds of pages of Gothic villagers hiding secrets, burying bodies in the night as well as other assorted unfriendly acts. It all happens in such darkness that no one can ever be sure who is causing mayhem and murder. "Watchers" are stationed nightly, so that makes for enjoyable walks in the rain and wind. Yes, this is her leave!

    No vehicle for Bess to escape in, as her driver is scared off in middle of the night and she is well and truly stranded in this hostile environment for rather longer than the reader can tolerate.

    Eventually Simon comes to the rescue. Overall, not my favorite Bess chapter.

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    I've read almost all the books in the

    series and it's always with nice to get a new book in my hands. In 

    by Charles Todd, one would think now that the Great War is over that life would be easier for Bess. That her work as a nurse would be less demanding. However, there are still a lot of wounded soldiers, many of whom have lost limbs. In this book, Bess is worried about her Welsh patients. Their spirits seem to be broken. With the loss of limbs, they have no job

    I've read almost all the books in the

    series and it's always with nice to get a new book in my hands. In 

    by Charles Todd, one would think now that the Great War is over that life would be easier for Bess. That her work as a nurse would be less demanding. However, there are still a lot of wounded soldiers, many of whom have lost limbs. In this book, Bess is worried about her Welsh patients. Their spirits seem to be broken. With the loss of limbs, they have no job to go back to home. Bess receives a letter from their officer, Captain Williams, who writes about the soldier's despair after they have left the hospital. Bess worries so much that she decides to travel to Wales during her leave and she doesn't tell anyone about her plans. At the village, she learns the captain has moved on and is now living with his brother's widow. Afraid that he will kill himself, Bess makes the decision to follow him to the isolated peninsula where he has settled. However, soon she finds herself stranded there...

  • Staci

    WWI has ended, but Bess' role as a nurse has not. I loved the sobering realism created in this novel about what it was like for soldiers with severe injuries and/or amputations. How would their families receive them? How would they support their families?

    In A Forgotten Place Bess is particularly attached to a group of Welsch soldiers that come from a mining town. The idea of a soldier returning to a town where mining is the primary occupation with an amputation is especially daunting.

    The mystery

    WWI has ended, but Bess' role as a nurse has not. I loved the sobering realism created in this novel about what it was like for soldiers with severe injuries and/or amputations. How would their families receive them? How would they support their families?

    In A Forgotten Place Bess is particularly attached to a group of Welsch soldiers that come from a mining town. The idea of a soldier returning to a town where mining is the primary occupation with an amputation is especially daunting.

    The mystery was incredibly well done and I didn't figure it out until the reveal in the final pages.

    The cover is lovely. My favorite so far! In the authors’ note at the end, the authors share the impetus behind this novel. So interesting!

    I am thankful to the authors for a complimentary autographed copy of A Forgotten Place. I was not required to post a review and the opinions expressed are my own.

  • LJ

    First Sentence: The war had ended, but not the suffering.

    The war is officially over, and WWI field nurse Bess Crawford has been reassigned to a clinic in England for amputee soldiers. After the suicide of one of her patients, Bess takes advantage of her 10-day leave, traveling to Wales to check on several of her Welsh patients, one about whom she is particularly concerned. Deserted by her driver in a very small hamlet, Bess finds herself trapped in a place where she's not wanted but has no way t

    First Sentence: The war had ended, but not the suffering.

    The war is officially over, and WWI field nurse Bess Crawford has been reassigned to a clinic in England for amputee soldiers. After the suicide of one of her patients, Bess takes advantage of her 10-day leave, traveling to Wales to check on several of her Welsh patients, one about whom she is particularly concerned. Deserted by her driver in a very small hamlet, Bess finds herself trapped in a place where she's not wanted but has no way to leave. What is the secret the inhabitants are hiding? Are they willing to kill to keep that secret?

    One realizes how important is an author's voice from the very start. Todd touches one's emotions and gives the sense of reading a very personal letter. There is an intimacy to the tone which immediately creates a bond between the author, the reader, and the character of Bess.

    The long-lasting impact of war, particularly for the physically maimed, is effectively conveyed—"No conquering heroes, these men. No victory parades for them. Our patients were the ultimate reality of war." It is nice to realize how far we've come from that. Todd, however, shows that not only did the patients suffer, but so did the families, and the communities from which they came. That has not changed.

    Todd perfectly conveys the insular nature of a tiny community. The secretiveness, closemindedness, and suspicion of anyone from somewhere else are well captured. The portrayal of Bess' anger and frustration are extremely well done. Conversely, we see her wisdom and experience when talking about grief—"To stop living in the present, clinging to the past, is part of mourning for a while, but you have to make a future for yourself.'

    Since the story is told from Bess' point of view, much of it is internal narrative, yet the plot does hold one's interest all the way to the end. A slight criticism would be that the end does feel a bit abrupt.

    "A Forgotten Place" includes well-done suspense, a palpable sense of danger, and a very good twist. Do be sure to read the author notes.

    A FORGOTTEN PLACE (HistMys-Bess Crawford-Wales-1919) – G+

    Todd, Charles – 10th in series

    William Morrow – Sept 2018

  • Rene

    Was looking forward to the new Bess Crawford book, but I was really disappointed. It was like watching paint dry, so --dare I say it--boring. There, I said it, and I'm amazed myself as I have loved all the prior books, but they actually had an interesting story, which IMO this one didn't. It picked up at about 60% when Simon arrived, and the ending had some spark to it. But overall this is a big miss for me.

  • Heather

    I found this entry in the series very hard to get through. Much of the plot was boring & repetitive - with Bess stuck for days at a time in Rachel's house and her constant refrain of

    . It was realistic, perhaps, but not very exciting to read about. I was glad things got more adventurous once Simon appeared on the scene. But I didn't feel that this installment was nearly as good as the previous novels.

  • Terri

    Well, I really wondered about the time that Bess heard Hugh in the next room humming (they were upstairs), and when she got downstairs, he came in from outside where he'd been doing something with the lambs. Otherwise, the story could have been told in half the pages and been better.

  • Mary  (Biblophile)

    Compared to the other Bess Crawford books this one was a big disappointment. Nothing really happens until Simon arrives well over halfway through the book. Bess interferes in a situation that was none of her business, worrying her family, neglecting the clinic, and putting herself in unnecessary danger. Most of the characters were totally unlikable. Big parts of the story were unrealistic and events went on far too long with a very thin plot. I expected better from these authors.

  • Monica

    This was very hard to get through and it drug in so many parts. The war has ended and Bess takes a leave to check on amputees. Along the way, she ends up in a mining village where an avalanche happens and one of the soliders commits suicide. She than ends up in a Gothic like village. She gets stranded here for WAY Too Long. I would skip it, unless you are just really invested in the series.

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