Random Harvest

Random Harvest

eBook - 2012
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A World War I veteran's comfortable life is upended by buried memories. Charles Rainier's family feared him lost along with so many of Britain's youth during the Great War. But two years after he was reported missing in action, he appears in a Liverpool hospital with no memory of the time that has passed. Rainier marries and embarks on a life of relative success, but he still can't recall his time on the battlefield, until the first bombs of the Second World War begin to fall. Suddenly, his memories flood back. Now, recollections of a violent battlefield, a German prison, and a passionate affair all threaten to fracture the peaceful life he has worked so hard to create.
Publisher: 2012
Edition: EBOOK TEXT
ISBN: 9781453240472
Branch Call Number: EBOOK TEXT
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: OverDrive

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WhidbeyIslander
Aug 02, 2017

A book I reread over and over and still enjoy. Knowing the most important plot device ahead doesn't spoil it, but if you don't know it (and haven't seen the wonderful movie), you'll get a special delight from this great story. It's an unabashedly romantic book. The construction of the story (moving back and forth between the two separate lives of the hero) is jarring at first, but supremely effective.

This is a book for people who love The Time Traveler's Wife and books like it. It's a true romance novel but not in the guise of a Regency Romance-type.

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Aug 02, 2017

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WhidbeyIslander
Aug 02, 2017

The plot follows a soldier who loses his memory during combat in WWI, but finds a new life and love. When his former memory returns he forgets his new life but always seems to know there is something missing. The 1942 film with Ronald Colman and Greer Garson is a great piece of film-making, but differs from the novel in one major point. The twist in the novel comes in the last sentence, but the movie couldn't have kept it from the viewer that long.

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