Had We Never Loved So Blindly
A Hebridean love story, swept up on the tides of WW2, from Naval convoys to Bletchley Park.
In 1937, fisherman's son, John Norman's first encounter of Felicity MacDougall, the daughter of a retired tea planter, is prickly at best. But, a chance meeting during a London air raid leads to a tentative romance, which becomes long distance when John joins the Navy and Felicity takes a job at the infamous, secretive Bletchley Park. Their relationship falls prey to the timeless obstacles of insecurities, doubts and misunderstandings. Can they overcome the distance between them, and also the war?
This love story, forged amid the emotional intensity of WW2, is the beating heart of Liz MacRae Shaw's new novel. John and Felicity's relationship has fateful consequences, not only for them, but beyond, into the next generation...
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Raw and radiant in turn, Had We Never Loved So Blindly, is a sweeping portrayal of love, loss and longing in wartime Scotland. Felicity and John Norman will stay with me for a long time. ~ Barbara Henderson, author of 'Fir for Luck' and 'Punch'
I enjoyed reading Had We Never Loved So Blindly. John Norman and Felicity are sympathetic main characters divided by war, geography and class. ~ Mandy Haggith, author
Praise for Liz MacRae Shaw's previous book, No Safe Anchorage: 'An evocative and fast-moving tale, set on Skye and the West Highlands before moving to Canada, No safe Anchorage, like its title, swirls with risk and danger. It invokes the spirit of Robert Louis Stevenson whose childhood it portrays. With its sharp use of dialogue and tight, concise description, it also conjures up that writer in other ways, creating an adventure story that is as breathless and exciting as some of that nineteenth century novelist's work.' ~ Donald S Murray, author of As The Women Lay Dreaming