The Forgotten Life of Arthur Pettinger by Suzanne Fortin #BookReview #BlogTour #Aria #NetGalley #4.5*

‘A deeply moving story of love in all its forms – I adored it’ Mandy Baggot

Sometimes the past won’t stay hidden, it demands to be uncovered…

Arthur Pettinger’s memory isn’t what it used to be. He can’t always remember the names of his grandchildren, where he lives or which way round his slippers go. He does remember Maryse though, a woman he hasn’t seen for decades, but whose face he will never forget.

When Arthur’s granddaughter, Maddy moves in along with her daughter Esther, it’s her first step towards pulling her life back together. But when Esther makes a video with Arthur, the hunt for the mysterious Maryse goes viral.

There’s only one person who can help Maddy track down this woman – the one that got away, Joe. Their quest takes them to France, and into the heart of the French Resistance.

When the only way to move forwards is to look back, will this family finally be able to?

Perfect for fans of Kate Morton, Lucinda Riley, Karen Swan and Lorna Cook

A Wonderful Story, Tenderly Told!

An enticing tale of past and present.

Arthur Pettinger is getting on in years and doesn’t always know the names of those in his everyday life, but he can’t forget the ones from his past. When his granddaughter and her daughter move in to look after him, it’s Maddy’s chance for a fresh start to get her life together, and Esther just loves spending time with Gramps. When Arthur ponders over Maryse, a woman he met many years ago, Esther includes an appeal for information on her Youtube channel and before they know it, it’s gone viral. Maddy needs help in tracking down this missing woman in the hope it will bring a sense of peace to Arthur, and the only person she knows with the requisite skills is Joe – her ex. Travelling together to France to places where the French Resistance operated, can the find the answers they seek?

This is a tale which pulled me in from the very start and I think it explained dementia in an honest and understandable manner. Travelling from the present day back to the early forties in France, the story behind the story comes out bit by bit and there is always something new to consider. It is a wonderful story, written with understanding in a gentle, loving way and comes across almost as a true story. I imagine it’s very near to the situation many found themselves in during the war. The author has done this tale justice and it makes for a memorable read. I’m happy to recommend this one, especially to anyone aware of a dementia sufferer and those who enjoy wartime novels, and give it 4.5*.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: historical fiction

Author Details

Suzanne Fortin is a USA Today and Amazon UK & USA best selling author, with The Girl Who Lied and Sister Sister both reaching #1 in the Amazon UK Kindle chart in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Her books have sold over a million copies and translation rights for her novels have been sold worldwide. She was born in Hertfordshire but had a nomadic childhood, moving often with her family, before eventually settling in West Sussex where she now lives with her husband and family.

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