By book blogger “Mrs. C.” This is for By the Hands of Men, Book One, “The Old World.”
About the time I discovered my grandfather’s role in WWI, I received a request from this author to review this beautiful novel set during The Great War. Author Roy Griffis has the rare talent of writing vividly descriptive narrative which places the reader inside the scene as a nonparticipating character. His impeccable research has allowed this novel to be compared to Hemingway’s A Farewell To Arms.
This novel begins on the battlefield during the Christmas Day truce, and takes off like a bullet thereafter. Charlotte, a nurse, physically cares for Robert, an officer, man of mystery, and eventually emotionally cares for him. Charlotte longs for him, and he her, the only bright spot in their war. Eventually, they part, but not their hearts. Even in deepest despair, Robert remembers the giver of a cross he wears around his neck.
I appreciate the author sharing the graphic gore of this war without the vulgarity. If you are a romantic, lover of history, and appreciate great writing which could be described as classic, you will enjoy this excellent work. I have the sequel to The Old World at my side, ready to open as soon as I complete this review. I also look forward to the third book in this series to be published this year.