The Girl Who Disappeared

James Lingard

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Britain in the 1930s; a fact based historical novel inspired by real events; eloping.


Emily  falls passionately in love with working class Walter, despite fierce opposition from her class conscious father. She sees marriage as a  partnership of equals and resolves to elope to escape such a male  dominated society. 


Emily’s actions will see her struggle to survive  the subsequent devastation brought about by the war, as she and her four-year-old son are thrown into the midst of danger and death. The family experiences rationing and the terror of bombing. Their air raid shelter is destroyed by a direct hit. 


When Walter volunteers for the army,  Emily and her son are evacuated to a rat infested cottage in a farming  community near Hebden Bridge. The war changes Walter into an efficient  army officer who demands to be obeyed. Emily worries that she might have  a rival for his affections. How can she restore their loving  relationship?


The Girl Who Disappeared is a moving love story about  one woman’s enduring resilience, a story full of quiet humour and  surprising twists and turns.