Past Encounters

Past Encounters From the moment Rhoda Middleton opens one of her husband s letters and finds it is from another woman she is convinced he is having an affair But when Rhoda tracks her down she discovers the mysteri

  • Title: Past Encounters
  • Author: Davina Blake
  • ISBN: 9781499568257
  • Page: 453
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the moment Rhoda Middleton opens one of her husband s letters and finds it is from another woman, she is convinced he is having an affair But when Rhoda tracks her down, she discovers the mysterious woman is not his lover after all, but the wife of his best friend, Archie Foster There is only one problem Rhoda has never even heard of Archie Foster Devastated by tFrom the moment Rhoda Middleton opens one of her husband s letters and finds it is from another woman, she is convinced he is having an affair But when Rhoda tracks her down, she discovers the mysterious woman is not his lover after all, but the wife of his best friend, Archie Foster There is only one problem Rhoda has never even heard of Archie Foster Devastated by this betrayal of trust, Rhoda tries to find out how and why her husband, Peter, has kept this friendship hidden for so long Her search leads her back to 1945, but as she gradually uncovers Peter s wartime secrets she must wrestle with painful memories of her own For if they are ever to understand each other, Rhoda too must escape the ghosts of the past Taking us on a journey from the atmospheric filming of Brief Encounter, to the extraordinary Great March of prisoners of war through snow bound Germany, this is a novel of friendship, hope, and how in the end, it is the small things that enable love to survive Includes discussion points for reading groups.

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    1. 2Shattered GlassStars This book is all over the place. It’s never funny or childish. But it gets caught in a world where you don’t like either character. First you are all about # TeamRhoda then you are mad and turn into #TeamPeter. Then it ends and you are just like “all these characters deserve eachother I hate them all #TeamArchie” Sounds confusing right? This book is a historical look at the war as well as a story of post war I wouldn’t say much of the whole thing focused on romanc [...]

    2. This book follows a married couple who are facing a crisis in their marriage. It’s set post World War 2 and they are both harbouring the strain of the war years and what they went through. Rhoda thinks her husband is having an affair when she finds a letter from a woman. But the letter is from the wife of Peter’s best friend in the war- but it’s a friend that Peter has never mentioned. What other secrets is he keeping from her?Rhoda and Helen forge a friendship where a little of what they [...]

    3. This was not a bad book, though my taste does not run to romantic stories. Hence the rating. What I did enjoy (and why I finished it) is the research the author did on WWII, especially the prison camps for British soldiers, the refugees fleeing west hoping to encounter the Americans and not the Soviets, the conditions of life in a small town In the far north during the war, the making of Brief Encounter, a film I like and have seen many times.

    4. I received Past Encounters as part of a giveaway.Peter and Rhoda are a couple in quiet crisis. Married 10 years, Peter is silently haunted by the five years he spent in a prison camp during World War II ten years earlier, while Rhoda feels increasingly alienated from him, a sentiment that is only magnified when she discovers the existence of Helen and her late husband Archie, who was Peter's best friend from his time in the camp. As Rhoda forges a quiet friendship with Helen, unbeknownst to Pet [...]

    5. This isn't my usual reading fare but to my surprise I really enjoyed this story. I downloaded it as a freebie almost a year ago and never seemed to be in the mood for it but I'm pleased I got round to it at long last. It is good for me to have something aside from contemporary murder to read, I think. It's a terrific story and had parts I never saw coming at all yet some sentences had me bawling !! I can't add the ones that touched me so much here as they'd be spoilers. There were also some mess [...]

    6. Find my complete review at historicaltapestry.WWII seems to be a hot topic in novels nowadays and I am one of those readers that eats it up! There is just something about the horror and sacrifice intermingled with the determination, bravery and sheer will to not only survive but to come out the other side stronger than ever that gets me every time. Most of these stories seem to take the reader to the frontlines of the battles or into the homes of those left behind to pine for loved ones fighting [...]

    7. Find this and other reviews at: flashlightcommentary.I knew I'd be reading Davina Blake's Past Encounters the moment I stumbled over the artwork. I didn't need to read description, I was hooked by the period alone and while I don't recommend selecting books this way, I'm happy to report the odds were in my favor this go round.For those who aren't aware, Davina Blake also writes as Deborah Swift. It's not something I'd usually bring up in a review except that I think Past Encounters is favorite o [...]

    8. 3.5 starsI think I went through all of the emotions while reading Past Encounters. I also alternated between like and dislike of both the main characters, Rhoda and Peter. At the beginning, I really disliked Rhoda, then toward the middle I really disliked Peter, and all throughout I felt really sorry for both of them. Blake broke up the timeline so that we saw the points of view of Rhoda, Peter and Helen in 1955 and Rhoda and Peter from around 1940 to 1945. In 1955, Rhoda finds a note written fr [...]

    9. At its core, Past Encounters is a story of a marriage in crisis. Rhoda and Peter have come through World War II, each with their own secrets and their ways of handling what they have been through and what they have done only serve to drive a wedge of silence between them. They rub along for ten years in what is revealed to be a fairly superficial semblance of a relationship, but the day that Peter puts his fist through the glass pane of the back door starts them down a road that will lead either [...]

    10. Wow! What an amazing book ~ I read it over a period of 24 hours, ignoring everything else!The book starts in 1955, with Rhoda and Peter's marriage cold and stagnant. Rhoda discovers that Peter has been paying visits to an old friend she has never heard of, in all the ten years they've been married.The story travels back to Peter's fortunes in World War II as a prisoner of the Germans; much of the book is about his experiences and these were the bits I found the most absorbing, so much that I've [...]

    11. It's 1955. Rhoda's apparently mild and self-contained husband Peter puts his hand through a glass door and smashes her view of him as well as the glass. Finding out the reason for this display of passion brings Rhoda into contact with Helen, wife of Peter's wartime friend Archie. Something awful united Helen, Archie and Peter and its origins are in a terrible wartime experience occurring geographically and psychologically far away from Rhoda and Peter's tidy English peacetime life together. But [...]

    12. An extremely emotionally deep story of the pre and post effects of war with emphasis on the after effects along with the horrid permanent mental and emotional scars war leaves behind. The historical facts presented took center stage, however the momentum kept building as characters developed, interacted, their intricacies revealed along with deep dark secrets exposed. Alternating between past and present added to the narrative fueling intrigue surrounding characters. Character development was ou [...]

    13. I loved this novel. Very clever taking Brief Encounter, and using the making of the film as the backdrop. The betrayal of Brief Encounter, the betrayals of Past Encounters.This was like a Storey, Braine or Sillitoe novel.I see that under another name Ms Blake writes romance; stick to the kitchen sink dramas!John Eliot, poet.

    14. We are proud to announce that PAST ENCOUNTERS by Davina Blake is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!

    15. Painful and beautiful, so authentic.Both the WW2 and the 50s details create times past so that we are there, carrying a wounded friend on a forced march or sipping from china tea-cups. Interweaving the WW2 experiences of Peter, a POW, and Rosie, the girl he left behind and then married, shows us how they came to be in this loveless marriage and makes us long for them to find healing. My uncle told me the story of his WW2 experiences as a POW and every event in this novel is true to life and true [...]

    16. This is a bittersweet novel with flashbacks and odd secrets. In the beginning chapters, the main character Rhoda sounded a bit warped to me since she secretly visited her husband Peter’s friend Archie’s wife Helen, thinking she was her husband's mistress. The facts were different, however, and the plot was rather annoying and somewhat farfetched, but since Peter and Archie were in the World War II together with Peter in a prison camp for a very long time, Peter’s odd behavior, I gave to PT [...]

    17. This is a brave, interesting and skilfully written book. Brave because the author doesn't shy away from allowing her characters to be less than perfect, to behave badly and sometimes irrationally. Interesting because of its period detail which covers fascinating insights into everyday wartime life, as well as the filming of Brief Encounter and the horrors of the Long March. Skilful because of the way Davina Blake manages three points of view, two in the first person and one in third, as well as [...]

    18. Wartime secretsIn 1939, Rhoda and Peter are engaged - then Peter goes off to the front, while Rhoda spends the war in their home town in the north of England. During the 6 years they are apart, each has life-changing experiences. The narrative moves back and forth between the war and 1955, when each is at a turning point, and so is their marriage.

    19. Some parts of this book were really interesting, others however quite irritating, a pity really as the story of how people coped during WW2 , getting on with their lives whilst waiting for loved ones etc is an interesting one. Some of the research was a bit sloppy and the German text was by and large gibberish! If an author chooses to use a foreign language then it must , in my view be accurate.

    20. Oh, what a beautiful story that Davina Blake has written in her novel, Past Encounters! I like so many genres of historical fiction, but I am always drawn to the books that feature flashbacking to WWII, with characters either telling their wartime story, or characters that tell their story while the reader gets to view how their lives unfolded after the war (whether 10 years or 40). I'm always interested in exploring the secrets someone left behind or how the psychology behind how war affected t [...]

    21. Well researched and intricately woven, I really enjoyed this book. The characters are relatable and their motives are familiar without being cliché. If you enjoy books set in World War Two, I highly recommended it.

    22. I don’t normally read post-1900 historical fiction but gave this WW2 novel a go because I’m a big fan of the author’s works set in the 1600s. Even so, I wasn’t sure I’d get into “Past Encounters”, but thankfully I found it to be an engaging read.I like how the author has succeeded in producing a non-linear and multi-narrative story. Time-wise, we have recollections from the period 1939-45 and 1955. The years flit back and forth without causing confusion, which it very well may have [...]

    23. This is the second book that I've read in the last few months in which the book switches focus between a soldier in an awful predicament and the people waiting for him at home. Hmmm. Wesley reading trend I guess!Our story is told from 3 viewpoints: Rhoda, Peter and Helen. But then Rhoda and Peter also use flashbacks in telling their stories. It sounds kind of complicated and confusing but it really isn't I just have explained it badly :)In present time Rhoda and Peter are about to hit their 10 y [...]

    24. My goodness. I don't even know where to begin. Perhaps I shall divide and conquer this one, but I'll mix it up and change the format:The CharactersPeter - Idiot. I liked old Peter, but the version that came from the war became an idiot. Not his fault. Like Archie had said was partially due to being "paranoid" from the war. It drove me insane though that he would keep such a stupid secret from Rhoda. I do kinda sorta get his excuse (which I will not say, because it is a huge spoiler on both Rhoda [...]

    25. Rhoda is troubled by her husband’s behavior. He seems to be distant to her and quiet. She also finds out that he is hiding something. When she receives a letter from a woman addressed to her husband, she believes that he is having an an affair. When she finds her, she finds that this woman is the wife of her husband’s best friend, Archie Foster who just passed away. What stuns and confuses Rhoda is that Peter has never mentioned Archie. She then goes on a quest to search for answers which le [...]

    26. "the thought came that you can never put the past behind you, because the past is a part of you"Deborah Swift is a favorite of mine, I adored The Lady's Slipper and The Gilded Lily. Her writing style invited this reader into another world that I was totally immersed in. Writing as Davina Blake it's almost like a different person altogether penned this book, and I mean that in a good way. I cannot think of the proper word to describe it, but Past Encounters was a delicate and graceful, a more qui [...]

    27. **I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review**Original review is located here:superbookgrl13/20When I first started reading it, I hated it. I didn't like the writing style, there was a lot of dialog and not a lot of description, most of the dialog where just "blahblah" with no idea who said what, the paragraphs were really short, tending to be just one sentence or so. And the chapters changed point of views, plus changed dates, it jumped from Peter to Rhoda back and for [...]

    28. An easy read but enjoyable none the lessI enjoyed reading the story told from the two different perspectives and even though you might think that a lot of time in the relationship had been wasted it remained a positive story with a hopeful ending

    29. Not quite as suspenseful as Codename Verity, but equally readable. The author makes good use of multiple timelines and points of view to paint a picture of lives forever changed by wartime realities. The romantic tensions are the focus, which is unusual for WW2 stories generally. I'm thankful the author gives just enough, but not too much detail on POW camps--realistic without being oppressive. I did find the heroine a bit thin on personality, but otherwise, a decent read, especially if you're n [...]

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