Until We Meet Again

Written by Margaret Thornton
Review by Rebecca Cochran

In the summer of 1914, there were rumblings of the war to come and the devastating effect it would have. This book follows the fortunes of the Moon family who were living in Scarborough. The boys were still at school but it soon became apparent that they would have to abandon any idea of going on to university in order to ‘do their bit’.

Historically, I thought the story gave a good insight into the way the war affected the lives of ordinary people wrapped up in the triumphs and tragedies of the one family. However, I was not so impressed with the style of writing. The author may have been trying to recapture the prose of the early 20th century, but I found the frequent sub-clauses explaining or enlarging on things which had already been explained very off-putting, and they slowed down the pace of the action. This is the first book I have read by this writer, who has had seventeen novels published.