The Girl Who Disappeared


THE GIRL WHO DISAPPEARED is a fact-based 20th century historical romance with a strong female lead set in Britain in the 1930s and during WW2. Emily falls passionately in love with working class Walter despite opposition from her father and resolves to elope. She struggles to survive the devastation brought about by the war, as she and her four-year-old son are thrown into the midst of danger and death. Their air raid shelter is destroyed by a direct hit.

When Walter volunteers for the army, Emily and her son are evacuated to a rat-infested cottage in a farming community near Hebden Bridge. The war changes Walter into an efficient army officer who demands to be obeyed. How can she restore their loving relationship?

The Girl Who Disappeared is a moving love story about one woman's enduring resilience, a story full of quiet humour and surprising twists and turns.

‘Brilliantly written! It's a very moving and emotional story. The characters had a lot of depth and were very realistic. 5 Stars' (Amy's Bookshelf Reviews)

'Wow! What a good book' (Goodreads reviewer)

'James brought their lives to life' (Library Thing reviewer)

‘A beautiful historical blend of fact and fiction. 5stars.' (Readers Favorite)

'The historical information was well researched and accurate.' (Amazon UK reviewer)

 'A wonderful, exciting book to read, the author puts us right there in the middle of the story.' (Linkedin comment)

The audiobook of The Girl Who Disappeared reached the top fifty of Amazon's 20th Century Historical Romance genre and also has a glowing 5star review.

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About the Author

Author Name : James Lingard

     James Lingard - educated at Dulwich College and University College London - became a leading City of London solicitor who specialized in banking law and insolvency. A former Council Member of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals and of the European Association of Insolvency Practitioners, he became a Judicial Chairman of the Insolvency Practitioners Tribunal. He was the founding President of the Insolvency Lawyers Association and became Chairman of the Joint Insolvency Examination Board and of the Banking Law and the Insolvency Law Sub Committees of the City of London Law Society. He is the original author of Lingard's Bank Security Documents (LexisNexis Butterworths) now in its seventh edition and the following books:- 1. BRITAIN AT WAR 1939 TO 1945, a concise history of World War 2 with an emphasis on the social history of what life was like for families in Britain during the war. “Really interesting read and recommended to those with a liking to both human-interest stories and military accounts. Super!” (DJ Colbran) 5stars 2. THE GIRL WHO DISAPPEARED 3. THE CAUCASUS CAULDRON and 4. TRAPPED IN IRAN


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