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Smorgasbord Bookshelf – Summer Book Fair 2022 – First in Series – #Family Saga Judith Barrow, #Mystery N.A. Granger

Over the course of the next three months I will be sharing the authors who feature in the Smorgasbord Bookshelf with the books that I have reviewed and can personally recommend.

In this first part of the summer fair, I am sharing books that are the first in a series in both adult and children’s books along with one of their five star reviews. I hope that this will encourage you to enjoy the series in full. I will feature every author on the shelves by the end of the summer. I hope you will enjoy.

The first author is Judith Barrow whose books I have enjoyed and the first that I read was Pattern of Shadows: Howarth Family Saga Series Book 1 and the series and additional books that explore the origins of the family and their lives are wonderful.

About the book

Mary is a nursing sister at Lancashire prison camp for the housing and treatment of German POWs. Life at work is difficult but fulfilling, life at home a constant round of arguments, until Frank Shuttleworth, a guard at the camp turns up. Frank is difficult to love but persistent and won’t leave until Mary agrees to walk out with him.

One of the many wonderful reviews for this first book in the series.

E.L. Lindley 5.0 out of 5 stars An Enthralling Story  Reviewed in the United States on August 6, 2013

There are so many things to like about Pattern of Shadows; I really don’t know where to start. It’s a testament to Judith Barrow’s skill as a writer that she sets up the tension on the very first page and manages to maintain it until the very last. The backdrop to the story is WW2 but ironically the tension and danger within the story come from much closer to home.

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