by W. P. Osborn.
Review by Barry Boy
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The Remnants is the story of Danny and Rose, teenagers from the same English village at the turn of the Twentieth Century. Rose is in service and Danny is trying to mend his wayward tendencies by working hard in full-time employment. They meet and fall instantly in love with each other.
Unfortunately, while trying to help Rose on the day of their first meeting, Danny is caught up in a robbery and sentenced to seven years hard labour, which is converted to military service.
This triggers a series of events, which I found completely believable, but especially in the genre of stories such as this. The Remnants is a great story that had me turning pages long after I should have been doing other things, despite the fact that it is essentially a romance, which is not a genre that I would normally choose to read. It is not too soppy though, and there are other storylines that counterbalance the romance.
The story is great, but there are problems with the book, rather than the story, although there were two twists that I just couldn’t understand.
The problems for me were mostly grammatical. I did not see any evidence of serious editing, so that would be a simple method of raising the standard of this book.
For example: ‘majo,r’ and ‘t0’ (tzero) – surely a spell-checker would have picked them up? Although not faults such as: ‘… slowly noting immediately…’.
The author also has a British doctor saying: ‘Glad to see you’ve still got some spunk. There isn’t enough of it around here!’ No Brit would ever say that because to us, ‘spunk’ means ‘semen’!
Osborn also has British soldiers saying, ‘sons a bitches’, but I have never heard a Brit use that expression.
The German is appalling too, laughably so in places. (I do speak German by the way). For example, a German captive says: ‘Don’t crap yourself!’ instead of ‘Don’t shoot!’ (In German, of course).
However, these are just annoying flies in an otherwise enthralling novel of ointment, but it is a good example of why professional writers use professional editors.
Having said all that, I love the book, but I hope that you buy your copy after the author has had it corrected.
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