Friday 18 February 2022

Book Review: The Forgotten Village by Lorna Cook

The Forgotten Village by Lorna Cook book cover

1943: The world is at war, and the villagers of Tyneham are being asked to make one more sacrifice: to give their homes over to the British army. But on the eve of their departure, a terrible act will cause three of them to disappear forever.

2017: Melissa had hoped a break on the coast of Dorset would rekindle her stagnant relationship, but despite the idyllic scenery, it’s pushing her and Liam to the brink. When Melissa discovers a strange photograph of a woman who once lived in the forgotten local village of Tyneham, she becomes determined to find out more about her story. But Tyneham hides a terrible secret, and Melissa’s search for the truth will change her life in ways she never imagined possible.

The Forgotten Village was one of the books I wanted to read in 2022, after falling in love with The Girl from the Island, another novel from the same author. Luckily, it definitely didn't disappoint!

This is a dual timeline novel, split between wartime Dorset and the present day. Both halves of the story are gripping and engaging, each working in tandem to reveal crucial clues about what happened to the mysterious Standish family of Tyneham House.

From romance to mystery, there is a little bit of everything in this book! In the present day, Melissa finds herself suddenly in the middle of a blossoming relationship whilst trying to navigate the secrets of the past. Enlisting the help of TV historian Guy, she develops a keen interest in the Standish family - but what happened after they left Tyneham? 

In the 1940s, Veronica Standish and her husband Bertie are on the cusp of leaving their home, Tyneham House. The entire village is being requisitioned for the war effort, meaning that the residents' lives are being turned upside down. But with dark secrets of her own, will this be the fresh start Veronica hopes?

This is a beautifully written story, bound to keep you invested until the very last page. It effortlessly balances each different aspect of the plot to create a seamless, easy flow throughout. I also found it to be quite a quick read - once you start, you won't want to stop! 

Another outstanding novel from Lorna Cook, The Forgotten Village is a great story and a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Rating: 4 stars

The Forgotten Village is available to buy now.

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