The Wounded Heart

Written by David Witshire
Review by Geoffrey Harfield

Oh joy! A properly constructed and satisfying story of devotion through the tribulations of war and illness. Though a beautifully presented book, one has to wait until page four to find who it is about and seven pages before we know what he looks like. But it is an easy reading wartime romance and a tender falling-in-love story.

Disturbingly the book flashes forwards and back; starting today it goes back to World War II. Maybe its complexity would put readers off, but not me. I roared through it quickly with all senses alert. Though it has short chapters of about five pages, it has long sentences to reveal an excellent story of an awakening romance.

Mike Gibson is an officer recruit in the RAMC. David Wiltshire has remarkable recall of the events of the first D-Day attempt on 5th June 1944. The book is a good example of parallel action as young lovers endure two separate war situations. It spans the heights and depths of human emotions, seeing them through the hell of separation and the desperate horrors of war. Unusually, on rare occasions they are able to enjoy each other in Normandy.

This is a tremendous story of devotion through the worst of war to Alzheimer’s and cancer and a terrifying yet loving decision at the very spot in France where they had enjoyed each other briefly 60 years earlier.

This story will bring tears and hope to the most jaded of older readers still enjoying life. It did to me. Anyone of advanced years in a love marriage cannot fail to be moved.