My second post today is a review on the blog tour of The Uncommon Life Of Alfred Warner in Six Days by Juliet Conlin, a beautiful, heartwarming and moving story of Alfred’s life……
book blurb & info
Approaching 80, frail and alone, a remarkable man makes the journey from his sheltered home in England to Berlin to meet his granddaughter. He has six days left to live and must relate his life story before he dies…
His life has been rich and full. He has witnessed firsthand the rise of the Nazis, experienced heartrending family tragedy, fought in the German army, been interred in a POW camp in Scotland and faced violent persecution in peacetime Britain. But he has also touched many lives, fallen deeply in love, raised a family and survived triumphantly at the limits of human endurance. He carries within him an astonishing family secret that he must share before he dies… a story that will mean someone else’s salvation.
Welcome to the moving, heart-warming and uncommon life of Alfred Warner.
Published by: Black and White Publishing on 23rd February 2017
Formats available: Paperback, eBook & Audiobook. Also available on Kindle Unlimited
Alfred has six days left to live, and needs to tell his story. He sets off to Berlin to meet his granddaughter, but when things don’t quite go to plan, he knows he still has to tell his story. His story that will help someone special…
The story takes us through Alfred’s life from a small toddler to the 79 year old man he is today. He tells us of his experiences of war, growing up, his losses, falling in love, the prejudices that he has faced and the family secret that he must share before it’s too late.
This is so heartwarming and moving; I adored Alfred from the beginning and only loved him more by the end. It’s an emotional rollercoaster going through his life with him, but it’s a beautiful tale, hearing Alfreds memories. I’m a sucker for listening to elderly people’s stories, especially the experiences they’ve had so this book was perfect for me, and it made me feel like Alfred was real. Having finished, it’s still with me; I feel like I’ve actually sat and listened to Alfred tell me his life story.
The depth to Alfred is fantastic, and the things he goes through show’s us that he’s only human. His family secret is a fantastic twist, and the plot weaves intricately around this. Knowing that Alfred is coming towards the end of his life is emotional; although I wanted to get to the end of his story, I didn’t want it to end and didn’t want to have to say goodbye to a character I had come to love so much.
This isn’t a fast paced book, it’s a gentle and enjoyable telling of Alfred’s life with many things to think about. The story is told through various timelines from Alfred’s past to the present, and Conlin has done a brilliant job of making sure it still flows beautifully and keeps you hanging on.
I honestly adored this book, and would happily read it again. If you’re looking for something beautiful, that will take you on a moving and emotional rollercoaster, will keep you hooked but in an unusual way and is a joy to read, then you check this out. Highly recommended by me.
about the author
Juliet Conlin was born in London and grew up in England and Germany. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Durham. She works as a writer and translator and lives with her family in Berlin. Her novels include The Fractured Man (Cargo, 2013), The Uncommon Life of Alfred Warner in Six Days (Black & White, 2017), The Lives Before Us (Black & White, 2019).
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Thanks to Kelly for inviting me on to the tour, and to Juliet and Black & White Publishing for providing me with a copy of the book. All views and opinions are my own.
Have a wonderful day all, and I’ll see you tomorrow!