Friday, 14 April 2017
The Fortunes at War
Captain James Fortune and Sergeant John Finch both hail from the same village in rural Hampshire.
They are both from vastly different backgrounds, but there are links between them. They are both from the same place and they both join the famed Rifle Brigade.
But there is also another, deeper link that binds them together. The link of family, as they are blood relatives. But this salient fact is not known to both of them.
The are both posted to the Crimea and see action in a variety of locations, the Battle of Alma and the fall of Sevastopol.
The two men are entrusted with a highly secret and very dangerous mission.
Will the two men succeed in their allotted tasks on the mission?
Will they survive the war and return home? Will they both become aware of the fact that they are more than just fellow villagers, although from different social stratas? That they are family?
Tony Foot's novel is extremely well researched and is also very well written. He takes the reader back to the time of the Crimean War, yet as he takes the reader back to the time of the funeral of Wellington (I had not realised what a disaster it had turned into) he only uses enough research to paint you a picture, not baffle you with too many facts.
It's an intriguing book, covering the horrors of war, family life at the time of the Crimea and all told in a charmingly realistic, yet romantic way.
It's published by The Book Guild at £7.99 and is worth every penny.
You can purchase it at the That's Book bookshop, here https://goo.gl/Ltov34.