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Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite
The Girl Who Disappeared by James Lingard is a historical romance novel that will appeal to lovers of war stories. Emily loved Walter fiercely, but her parents kicked against her marrying him. She married and eloped with him to America, where he gained a scholarship to Harvard. They moved back to London, Walter got a banking job, and they had their baby boy, Richard. Everything fell to pieces as the war between Germany, Great Britain, France, and other Allied forces kicked off. The journey to survival for Emily and her family began. Walter went from being a respectable banker to a military officer with little familial contact. Emily moved from a beautiful home to a run-down cottage in the heart of nowhere. Will their love endure the war? Did Emily make the right choice to marry Walter?
The Girl Who Disappeared by James Lingard is a beautiful historical blend of fact and fiction. It detailed the travails of a family during the war that took the lives of millions of people. Many of us have only read about the war or heard it from the older generations. However, after reading this book, I’d say it was a terrible experience. I loved the plot and character consistency. Emily’s strength made me marvel, even though she wasn’t my most favorite character. She was tough, brave, and dogged whenever she needed to be. Walter gained my respect for his wisdom and subtle approach to life. Richard was my most favorite character because of his strength, resilience, and formidable mind. This book was an emotional read for me, and James Lingard gets a thumbs up.