Another blog tour is on the roll and this one was way more up my alley than the last one. It can barely go wrong when there’s a story from WW2. The synopsis is borrowed from Goodreads:
Thirty years after serving in World War II, middle-aged Rob’s holiday plans see an unforeseen change that leads him on a coach tour of Italy. Struggling with post-war PTSD and depression, he reluctantly agrees to the journey – and sparks a dream that plunges him into long-stifled memories.
Set in Europe, Sue Parritt’s Feed Thy Enemy is an account of courage and compassion in the face of trauma. When Rob’s flashback delves into his attempts to save a famished family with a series of increasingly daring raids on his army’s supply stores, will he trigger suppressed remembrances of past war, love, and sacrifice – and find the strength to confront them in the present?
Feed Thy Enemy was such a sweet and easy read! This book is based on a true story which I always think is nice when it comes to stories from WW2. It gives me the opportunity to learn something new which I always enjoy whilst reading! This is not a very complicated story but it builds itself up very nicely with many great details that brings the imagination of the reader, at least mine, flying out the window towards sea coastal Britain and war struck Italy. For me, the pages simply flew by and I truly enjoyed myself whilst reading this book. At the end of the story, my eyes even were a bit moist which rarely happens when I read a book so creds for that to Parritt! I found it especially interesting to learn more about Italy and Africa during the war. Most of the stories I’ve read takes place in Britain, Poland, Germany or France. It was nice to get more of an overall perspective of the war when I connected the new knowledge I obtained whilst reading this story and the previous knowledge. I’ve never been to Naples but it was fascinated to learn about this historic place through the eyes of a British soldier.
The character descriptions are not very deep in the beginning in my opinion but the characteristics of each character shine through as you get to know them throughout the story. The main character, Rob Harper, is such a genuinely nice guy and I would have adored him had I met him in person. I also believe that Parritt portrays the Napolitanian characters in this book very accurately. There were some stereotypes present, which I found humorous, but there was also other characteristics that made the characters very loveable. Parritt also paints a picture of how it might be to grow up as an adolescent during wartime and how struggling til keep afloat might prove especially difficult for the youngsters. All in all, not the greatest character ensemble I’ve encountered in my reading career but I enjoyed myself none the less.
Feed Thy Enemy was an easy read that I enjoyed quite a bit! Good descriptions and loveable characters. A few laughs and a few moist eyes at the end. All in all, I’ll say this is the kind of read you pick up on a rainy autumn day, which is right around the corner, sit in your favourite chair and read whilst you enjoy a hot beverage of your choice.
Originally from England, Sue worked in university libraries until taking early retirement
in 2008 to concentrate on creative writing. Since then she has written short stories, articles, poetry,a short TV drama script and six novels:
– Sannah and the Pilgrim, first in a trilogy of a future dystopian Australia focusing on climate changeand the harsh treatment of refugees from drowned Pacific islands. Odyssey Books, 2014. Commended in the FAW Christina Stead Award, 2014.
– Pia and the Skyman, Odyssey Books, 2016. Commended in the FAW Christina Stead Award, 2016.
– The Sky Lines Alliance, Odyssey Books, 2016.
– Chrysalis, the story of a perceptive girl growing up in a Quaker family in swinging sixties’ Britain. Morning Star Press, 2017
– Re-Navigation recounts a life turned upside down when forty-year old Julia journeys from thesanctuary of middle-class Australian suburbia to undertake a retreat at a college located on an isolated Welsh island. Creativia Publishing, 2019.
– Feed Thy Enemy, based on her father’s experiences, is an account of courage and compassion in theface of trauma as a British airman embarks on a plan that risks all to feed a starving, war-strickenfamily. Creativia Publishing, 2019.
Sue’s current project, A Question of Country, is a novel exploring the migrant experience through theprotagonist’s lifelong search for meaningful identity. Passionate about peace and social justice issues, Sue’s goal as a fiction writer is to continue writing
novels that address topics such as climate change, the effects of war, the treatment of refugees,feminism and racism. Sue intends to keep on writing for as long as possible, believing the extensive life experiences of older writers can be employed to engage readers of all ages.
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Theme: World War 2, family, friends, memories
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