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By: Verity Slaughter-Penney

To the Western Front, with Love

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The world teeters on the brink of World War One.

Three very different young men are growing through their late teenage years blissfully unaware of what lies ahead.

Finn Marshall, George Barney and Emilio Rothbauer may be growing up worlds apart, still they remain destined to be drawn together.

Amid a world torn apart by a brutal war, on the battlefield life-changing choices must be made.

When the stakes are high and young lives are at risk, will death be the ultimate price paid or will the powerful drive for love and peace win through?

Three loving families will keep the home fires burning – but who will make it home?

Proud to be Lancashire born and mother to three grown boys, Verity Slaughter-Penney spent 27 years of her working life as a teacher and headteacher. It is this experience and her own passion for literature which gave her a love of storytelling.


Suffering a mental breakdown in 2017, Verity was forced to stop working.


In her own words “The long working hours stopped and suddenly my creative brain had room to think.”


Verity began using writing and painting as her therapy and gradually recovered from her illness.


Now working for older youngsters with the charity Transitions UK, she keeps two days a week free in order to continue with her writing adventures.

 

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  • Ted Smith

    What a book! Kept me locked in and reading more.

  • Julia Wilson

    To The Western Front With Love by Verity Slaughter-Penney is a powerful YA novel showing the futility of war.
    The novel takes place in the years immediately preceding World War I and also from the outbreak of war to December 1914.
    We see the build up and the early months from both the British and the German sides as we follow three young men – two British and one Bavarian. Both sides in war have parallel lives – young men brought up in the countryside with a love of animals and no desire to fight. They are medics, believing in saving lives not ending them.
    The plotline is cleverly constructed as the reader is committed to the lives and welfare of all three young men. They all have families who love their sons and do not want to lose them.
    The bond with animals is beautiful to see. The British pair love their horses, the Bavarian young man bonds with his dog. They believe in doing no harm.
    Peppered throughout are snippets of information either about situations or men caught up in World War I. We are educated as we read.
    The author also speaks directly to the reader on several occasions. We are asked to think about what peace means and what it looks like in war. We are told about those poor young men who were shot for desertion (much more likely to be PSTD) and we hear about Christmas Day 1914 at the Front.
    To The Western Front With Love is a powerful read. We see that the enemy is just the same as our boys.
    I will leave you with my favourite and powerful quote:
    “My friend, I am merely a medic, I do not come to fight anyone, in fact, I cannot fight at all, I come here to heal.”
    I received a free copy from the publishers. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.

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