A poignant story of love and redemption, The Moon Field explores the loss of innocence through a war that destroys everything except the bonds of human hearts.
No man's land is a place in the heart: pitted, cratered and empty as the moon...Hidden in a soldier's tin box are a painting, a pocket watch, and a dance card - keepsakes of three lives.
It is 1914. George Farrell cycles through the tranquil Cumberland fells to deliver a letter, unaware that it will change his life.
George has fallen for the rich and beautiful daughter at the Manor House, Miss Violet, but when she lets slip the contents of the letter George is heartbroken to find that she is already promised to another man.
George escapes his heartbreak by joining the patriotic rush to war, but his past is not so easily avoided.
His rite of passage into adulthood leaves him believing that no woman will be able to love the man he has become.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 16/01/2014
- Category: Historical fiction
- ISBN: 9780007522941
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Review by nicx27
The main character in this book is George Farrell, a postman who signs up to go and fight in the First World War. He is smitten with Violet, the daughter at the local Manor House but when he finds out she is smitten with someone else George makes the rash decision to go to war. He leaves behind his family and his good friend, Kitty.The book is in three parts: the first is civilian life and sign up; the second is Flanders and fighting; and the third is dealing with life back home. I did find the first part quite difficult to engage with, and I suppose it's like a lot of war novels, you know that it's building up to the action part of it. Whilst I thought this was a well-written book, it didn't really draw me in as much as I would have liked and I never had that much empathy for the characters. Despite the subject matter, I didn't come away with much of a feeling for the horror of war, or how the men dealt with life after their fighting days were over. Nevertheless, I do think it will appeal to a lot of people and will be a good read for the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI in 2014.