Publication Date: April 5, 2016
Hardcover, eBook, & AudioBook; 288 Pages
Hardcover, eBook, & AudioBook; 288 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Literary
Amidst the strange, silent aftermath of World War II, a widow, a poet, and a doctor search for lasting peace and fresh beginnings in this internationally acclaimed, award-winning novel.
When Anikka Lachlan’s husband, Mac, is killed in a railway accident, she is offered—and accepts—a job at the Railway Institute’s library and searches there for some solace in her unexpectedly new life. But in Thirroul, in 1948, she’s not the only person trying to chase dreams through books. There’s Roy McKinnon, who found poetry in the mess of war, but who has now lost his words and his hope. There’s Frank Draper, trapped by the guilt of those his medical treatment and care failed on their first day of freedom. All three struggle to find their own peace, and their own new story.
But along with the firming of this triangle of friendship and a sense of lives inching towards renewal come other extremities—and misunderstandings. In the end, love and freedom can have unexpected ways of expressing themselves.
The Railwayman’s Wife explores the power of beginnings and endings, and how hard it can sometimes be to tell them apart. Most of all, it celebrates love in all its forms, and the beauty of discovering that loving someone can be as extraordinary as being loved yourself.
Praise for The Railwayman's Wife
“Hay has lovingly crafted a poignant, character-driven novel filled with heartache and hope, which is transferred to the reader through lyrical prose, poetic dialogue and stunning imagery.” -RT Book Reviews
“Hay is both cerebral and emotional in portraying life’s catastrophes and the way people cope. As if her message is too raw to lay out in blazing color, she camouflages it in poetry and half-seen images—and it works. The message is clear, and the shocks are softened but no less there. Multilayered, graceful, couched in poetry, supremely honest, gentle yet jarring, Hay’s thought-provoking novel pulls you along slowly, like a deep river that is deceptively calm but full of hidden rapids. Much to ponder.” -Kirkus
“Exquisitely written and deeply felt…a true book of wonders.” –Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Secret Chord
“An absorbing and uplifting read.” –M.L. Stedman, author of The Light Between Oceans
“This is a book in which grief and love are so entwined they make a new and wonderful kind of sense.” –Fiona McFarlane, author of The Night Guest
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About the Author
For more information please visit Ashley Hay’s website.
I am so excited to be able to offer up one print copy of The Railwayman's Wife for giveaway, open to US only! All you have to do is enter your name and email address on the giveaway form HERE. Please be sure to leave both your name and your email on the form so I can contact you if you are my winner (no email address, no entry!). For extra entries you can follow the blog in various ways (all links are on the right hand sidebar) and leave the name/email you follow with on the form. That's it!
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The Railwayman's Wife Blog Tour Schedule
Spotlight & Giveaway at Teddy Rose Book Reviews Plus More
Wednesday, April 20
Review & Giveaway at Flashlight Commentary
Thursday, April 21
Interview & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books
Monday, April 25
Review & Giveaway at Poof Books
Tuesday, April 26
Interview & Giveaway at A Literary Vacation
Thursday, April 28
Review at A Silver Twig
Monday, May 2
Review & Giveaway at The Maiden’s Court
Tuesday, May 3
Review at Book Nerd
Review at Queen of All She Reads
Thursday, May 5
Review & Giveaway at Bibliotica
Friday, May 6
Review at Back Porchervations
Tuesday, May 10
Review at CelticLady’s Reviews
Monday, May 23
Giveaway at Passages to the Past