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1945 - the war in Europe is over. It should be a time of utter joy and celebration. Most women can't wait for their men to return, but in the small town of Rivenshaw in Lancashire, Judith Crossley fears having her husband back in the house. He'd grown into a bully and a drunkard, and on the occasions he'd come home from leave, he'd hit her. He wasn't a good father, either.1945 - the war in Europe is over. It should be a time of utter joy and celebration.Most women can't wait for their men to return, but in the small town of Rivenshaw in Lancashire, Judith Crossley fears having her husband back in the house. He'd grown into a bully and a drunkard, and on the occasions he'd come home from leave, he'd hit her. He wasn't a good father, either. Luckily Judith has found an unlikely ally, a friend to turn to - Maynard Esher, from an old aristocratic family on the other side of town. But Judith knows that when her husband returns, she and her children will be back in the firing line again. She decides that for the children's sake, she must leave her husband. But with the house rented in his name and other accommodation scarce, where on earth can they go...?...

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ISBN : 24162491
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Number of Pages : 369 Pages
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a time to remember Reviews

  • Stephanie
    2019-11-08 12:38

    1945 & the war in Europe is over..Most women can't wait for their men to return, but in the small town of Rivenshaw in Lancashire, Judith Crossley fears having her husband back in the house. He had grown into a bully and a drunk, and on the few occasions he'd come home from leave, he would hit her.He wasn't a good father either - when their eldest daughter Kitty won a prestigious scholarship to the private girl's grammar school, Doug had tried to stop her going, saying it would turn her into a snob. Luckily Judith had an unlikely ally - Maynard Esher, from an old aristocratic family on the other side of the park - but Judith knows that when her husband returns, she will be blamed for letting Kitty take up her school place.She decides that for the children's sake, she must leave her husband. But with the house rented in his name, and other accommodation scarce, where on earth can they go?

  • E.A. Harwik
    2019-11-24 06:40

    A Time to Remember by Anna Jacobs is a gorgeously told contemporary historical novel set in Britain's Lancashire region during world war two. The author has cleverly focused her characterisations within the three months between the conclusion of the European theatre of the war and before the pacific theatre's dramatic finale. Hence the immediate life threatening dangers of day-to-day existence and the necessity to pull together to defeat the enemy has been lifted from the shoulders of Anna Jacobs's characters while the harsh austerity measures required to wage war still remain firmly in place.Ms Jacobs does a marvellously moving job of documenting, though her characters, the frustration of being victoriously freed, only to become aware that everyone is now required to weigh the costs and repay the financial burden the previous half-decade of unimaginable destruction has produced.Anna Jacobs, as always, sides with her women, who, together with men brought out of retirement, have been running the cogs that turn Britain while the fit and healthy males have been absent plotting and waging war. Yet now, it would seem the new focus is on returning to normality as it was before the war. Women at home tending the needs and whims of their husband who have been locked in a violent time warp, while the people at home have been educated by necessity and produced a new normality that perhaps shouldn't easily be undone.A Time to Remember stands alone as an intriguingly entertaining, intelligently crafted visual escape into a masterly realistic setting full of graciously loveable, and a few not so cuddly, characters that will quickly etch their way into the reader's emotion.This novel is the first of Anna Jacobs newest historical series, 'Rivenshaw'. I have no idea where the following books will lead but I'm happy to follow as I'm sure they'll be my perfect reading companion.A Time to Remember by Anna Jacobs, five stars and a personal thank you to the author for reminding me what my parents actually went through to help me arrive at this place I can take for granted.

  • Ann
    2019-11-24 08:50

    A good relaxing read, lots going on, possibly a bit black and white! The villain is very bad, the heroine perfect in every way!!! How ever it did show how dreadful attitudes used to be to domestic violence and how a woman was supposed to put up with all sorts of abuse. Thank goodness that isn't the case any more.

  • Susan Golding
    2019-12-01 06:30

    A really good book. Follows the life of Judith Crossley during the 2nd World War - her husband subjects her to continued domestic abuse and this is also endured by her three children. A local private school support their children and Miss Peters, Helen and Jan also help the family. At the end of the book, the husband is arrested for bigamy and abusing a previous ex wife. Judith also begins to fall in love wit Mr Esther.

  • moira manson
    2019-11-06 11:53

    JudithWhat a wonderful book this was to read from page 1 i was hooked a lot of sorrow for lot of sorrow for poor Judith being married to Doug and those poor children having a father like him . She was a strong woman with some very good friends like miss Peters and Helen and Jan and Mayne well done Anna Jacobs now I must get the next book 5 STARS well deserved .

  • Caroline Montague
    2019-12-04 05:36

    Fantastic post war story. Can't wait to read the next three in the series!

  • Izzy
    2019-12-04 09:31

    Really this would be a one and a half star. It wasn't that I didn't like it, I just didn't really care. It was badly written and boring and I wouldn't read anything by her again.

  • Terena
    2019-11-18 09:55

    Lovely easy read from Anna Jacobs set just after the end of WW2, Book 1 of 4 in the Rivenshaw series.

  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
    2019-11-08 11:35

    I always feel a strong sense of connection to Anna Jacobs’ books and A Time to Remember is no exception. My Grandparents hail from the same area of Lancashire, in which Jacobs has set A Time to Remember. I really enjoyed how Jacobs paints a picture of life following the immediate end of World War II in this novel. Through Jacobs’s evocative writing, I was able to imagine some of the experiences my own Grandparents went through. A Time to Remember is heavy on character experiences, namely women. It centres on the story of Judith Crossley, a mother and wife of a returning soldier. Judith fears her husband coming back from war, as he is a cruel husband and father. Not only does he beat her, but he also bullies his own flesh and blood. Preventing daughter Kitty who wins a scholarship to a prestigious school, is the last straw for Judith. However, leaving a violent husband is not easy in this era, as Judith discovers very quickly. Judith story is complimented by two other memorable characters in A Time to Remember. Alice is a land girl, returning home after an injury and the loss of her fiancé. She finds friendship in a displaced Polish refugee while salvaging the remains of her great Aunt’s bomb affected house in Rivenshaw. Tied together with these female stories from Rivenshaw is the tale of Maynard Escher. Maynard is a returning solider who comes from an aristocratic background. Maynard proves to be Judith’s saviour in her time of desperate need. A Time to Remember is a wonderful l historical novel with a contemporary edge, which covers strong themes of domestic violence, family life, education, war time experiences and displacement. Anna Jacobs provides an excellent snapshot of the general day to day life and social attitudes of life at the end of war in Britain. If you enjoyed this book as much as I did, or like to sound of this book, you will be pleased to hear that A Time to Remember is the first in a new series for Anna Jacobs, called Rivenshaw. The second instalment of the Rivenshaw series is out now, titled A Time For Renewal.

  • Maggie
    2019-11-15 06:37

    I loved this book aptly named A Time To Remember. It is evocative of the period towards the end and after WW11 as Judith waits in fear for her bully of a husband to return from the war. The book is filled with characters I came to love and presents an accurate picture of the times which are very different from today. What remains the same is the importance of helping others. A wonderful addition to my Anna Jacobs library. I look forward to the next Rivenshaw book which I'm sure will be equally delightful.

  • Cookie1
    2019-11-08 11:29

    I enjoy reading Anna Jacobs books and this one was no different. It is set entirely in England during World War 2 and the end of it. It gives an insight into what people went through with the bombing of England, their food rations and general life at that time. Judith Crossley is dreading the return of her husband, Doug, as he beats her and the children. She decides to leave him, loses her job and has no where to go. Two of her three children have won academic scholarships to a prestigious school and she doesn't want them to have to give them up. What becomes of her and her children?

  • Megan Hemmings
    2019-12-04 05:40

    The overall plot was quite enjoyable but the characters were underdeveloped. I found a lot of the dialogue to be silly and very dramatic. Like the characters of Doug and Dorothy said the most ridiculous things and acting dumbly; they were just plain unrealistic. Well developed characters are what I enjoy most about reading so this book fell very short in this area.Enjoyable plot, themes and setting, but it was truly, only average.

  • Pippa Joyce
    2019-12-04 11:28

    My first time to read an Anna Jacobs novel. I must say the characters dialogue's irritated me a little. The author has a tendency to over-explain using fairly mundane dialogues between characters. The storyline, however was interesting, well-paced and enjoyable and some of the characters fairly likeable if not a somewhat clichéd. Overall a very average read in my opinion.

  • Trudie
    2019-11-23 07:43

    My first Anna Jacobs book and I have to say that it won't be the last. Hooked from the first few pages and couldn't put it down. The characters are likeable from the start and I really felt for them. A very enjoyable read, I can't wait for the next in the series.

  • Lisa
    2019-12-03 09:33

    Felt very much like a Catherine Cookson. Everything is black and white - you know exactly who the good guys and bad guys are from the very beginning. No surprises. Lots of hate for those performing social injustice. I liked it, but it's note exactly a Pulitzer.

  • Laureen
    2019-11-27 08:39

    I really loved listening to this MP3 edition. A real finger nail biting story about a battered wife post war London and her children. The laws of the time protected husbands. But it is a positive story about doing what is necessary to escape a critical situation.

  • Jo
    2019-11-19 06:44

    This is only my second Anna Jacobs book and I have to say I found it a bit slow. I have the second book in the series to read next so hopefully I can get into the storylines a bit more.

  • Pol
    2019-12-04 12:55

    enjoyed anna jacobs book

  • Chris Colton
    2019-11-16 11:57

    Got book from library by mistake. Thought author was Anna Funder.

  • Jane
    2019-12-03 11:50

    Great new series

  • Mary Hayes
    2019-11-19 06:56

    It's been a long time since I read something so riveting really enjoyed this book, so many things going on really takes domestic violence and classes into account during the Second World War