This is a story of a young man called Peter who is seeking out for his blood father.His car breaks down by a little bridge due to flooding on a very stormy night. He finds his way on foot to the local hostelry called The Lamb, which is situated in the village of Littlebridge, named after the little bridge. He makes friends with the locals, especially a retired gentleman called Albert. Albert takes a particular interest in Peter, beginning by inviting him to his home. He is suspicious of Peter’s background, even wondering if he is an escaped prisoner.What follows is the story of Peter’s involvement with the village community caught in the floods and devastation in the area. The chain of events that follow delays Peter in his quest to find his father.The story continues when Peter meets Nigel, a solicitor, who is able to give further information about his father. This is not the end of the story, as the reader has to read till the end of the book.
“Littlebridge" is the first novel by Robert Thomson who is 80 years of age and lives in Durham City. He is an ex-headmaster and retired clergyman and a prize-winning artist. In this novel he has created a most realistic cluster of small rural villages, one of which Littlebridge, is mainly accessed by a little bridge. Robert gives a very detailed picture of this village as it was 50 years ago and follows the changes over the years in the numerous inhabitants and buildings. Against this background he develops an intriguing tale of a mysterious young stranger who turns up during a ferocious storm that causes severe flooding and destroys the little bridge. The tale goes through many a surprising twist and turn. The lives and interactions of the many inhabitants are interwoven with deftness and with a sharp eye for the social mores of the times. I think many like myself will find this novel an interesting and enjoyable read. Readers will be looking forward to further novels by this promising author.
I found this book fascinating as it set in the North East of England, an area I used to know well. The story intrigued me and was cleverly woven throughout the book. The book opens with the characters having to cope with flooding and this theme is a scenario many have experienced in recent years!
Robert D. Thomson's first novel, Littlebridge, begins with a terrible storm wreaking havoc on a small rural community which includes the village of Littlebridge. The author's vivid description of the storm and its aftermath sets the scene for the arrival of an intriguing stranger into the community, Peter Hallmark. Peter's heroic actions during the storm save the lives of many inhabitants caught up in the severe flooding of the area. The book follows Peter's search for his blood father with twists along the way and describes the outcome of his search for his father and his integration into village life. The book is beautifully illustrated by the author and will, I'm sure, be enjoyed by readers
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