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The Lost Keys-bookcover

By: Wendi McAleese

The Lost Keys

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On the island of Singapore, Zacharia Pattara shares his lavish home in the suburbs with his five lively daughters and his beloved wife Anthoula. One fateful night in 1942 whilst they slept, the bombs of an invading Japanese Army signal the beginning of an uncertain future. With the clock ticking and the threat of advancing soldiers he does all he can to keep his family safe.

Forced to separate, Anthoula and three girls evacuate the crumbling city whilst his youngest daughters take refuge in the convent. Soon Singapore falls under ruthless Japanese rule and along with thousands of citizens, Zacharia is taken as a Prisoner of War and held in appalling conditions.

Haunted by regret and with limited food rations he gradually starves, awaiting news of his loved ones. With no end to the war in sight and with nothing but time, he has many questions. Did his wife escape unharmed from the island? Are his daughters safe in the convent? Will they ever be reunited, and can he survive the cruelty of his captors to see that day?

This heartfelt family saga full of twists and turns shows that during the darkest of times, the strength of the human spirit can overcome the worst hardships. The Pattara family were among thousands who lost so much to the Japanese occupation during World War II. Based on real events, this is a story of survival and bravery when all hope seems impossible.

Wendi Jackson lives in the peaceful Wiltshire countryside and enjoys long walks in nearby Longleat Forest. As a single working mother of three, she forgot her long-held ambition to document the survival story of her family during World War II. During a visit to a psychic medium, she was told about the importance of a family book, but it wasn’t until her grandmother, Thalia, passed away aged ninety-three, that her desire to write was rekindled. She joined a local Writing Circle and spent four years researching and crafting her debut novel in memory of her family.

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