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Last week I crowned Judith Barrow Woman of the Week, this week I bring you the raving reviews for her amazing new book:

5.0 out of 5 stars Living in the Shadows, 28 July 2015
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Living In The Shadows is a triumphant and moving finale to the trilogy, beginning with Pattern of Shadows, that tells the story of Mary Howarth, her troubled family and her marriage to ex-POW Peter Schormann. The action moves between rural Wales and industrial Lancashire and this final book focusses on the next generation in the late 1960s, and the frightening complications in their lives created by the secrets and dramas of the past. There’s a villain who has haunted Mary through all three books – George Shuttleworth, and he emerges once more to threaten the entire family. But there’s another sinister presence throughout the trilogy, which is just as alarming, and that’s the Granville cotton mill, a POW camp in the first book and now a frightening prison of a different sort. All the characters, from three generations, are, as ever, convincingly drawn and totally three-dimensional, the 60s are perfectly captured and the locations are vivid. Mary’s tribulations as wife and mother, in this book, are heart-breaking. The stories of Linda, Jackie and Richard, as they confront the shadows of a past they’d never suspected or understood, are absorbing and ultimately triumphant, but Victoria’s story really had my skin crawling. An excellent book.
5.0 out of 5 starsWhat a wonderful book, 5 Aug. 2015Living in the Shadows by Judith Barrow
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What a wonderful book. It really captures the era beautifully, that slow move away from wartime memories to a new time. The characters are well-drawn and so believable I felt as though I’d know them if I spotted them in the street. All this and masterfully written tension and emotion meant I couldn’t put it down.
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving, engaging, rich and highly recommended., 11 Aug. 2015
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This novel is a wonderful family and historical drama. Told in short episodic chapters focusing on different characters it manages to illustrate life in Britain / Wales in 1969. Filled with descriptive detail and plotted in an atmospheric and authentic way it keeps a great pace all the way through and brings everything together nicely.
Well-chosen and effortlessly drawn characters show life in the 1960s, and in particular for the Schormann’s and their extended family, whose complex story reaches back two volumes.
An unpleasant encounter in the maternity ward right at the beginning of the book hints at the shadows of the title, but there are other storylines, such as the run-away daughter – which I found particularly well written.
The novel shows the clash of rural, old-fashioned and modern living ideas while maintaining a suspenseful dramatic curve in the drama part of this work of art.
Moving, engaging, rich and highly recommended.

Author Judith Barrow

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Check out some of Judith’s memories here:

http://scvincent.com/2015/07/26/guest-author-judith-barrow-memories-a-short-story-and-a-new-book/

Here she is as  interview guest on my blog a while ago.

Here is an article on Judith’s blog about the inspiration behind it :

http://judithbarrowblog.com/2014/11/23/the-inspiration-behind-pattern-of-shadows/

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