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In Laura English by Lynn Bornstein, young Jane Parks, longed for more in life. She dreamed of being an actress. Not just any actress. Someone of repute. She would spend hours in her own fantasy world, picturing herself on stage performing. The war interrupted her life and she was evacuated away from the dangers being poured from the sky onto London to spend time with her Aunt Rose and Uncle Matthew. By her eighteenth year, she proved her ability to perform on stage; wanting fame just as dearly as in her younger days. Local boy, John Keith wins her love. Together they have a son, but before the child is born their lives divert along different paths and Jane marries another man, who was happy to make her his wife and be a father to the unborn child. Her life, from this point is changed forever. She assumes the name Laura English professionally, under the guidance of her husband, David Landau, and further flourishes with advice from Uncle Bertie and Sir James Paxton, her theatrical director. Hard work and determination to succeed thrust Laura into international stardom – her dream.
The price she pays in love lost and regained, plus differences between herself and her son Robin Landau, take the reader on a dizzying journey of personal challenges, the film industry, and even Israeli conflict. How these blend together will certainly leave you amazed by the writer’s skill. This is a book of joy, loss, rejection, as well as fear and happiness. The author weaves a complicated web of intrigue, passion, and profound loss, which I found captivating. Definitely a must-read.