A Forgotten Place

(Bess Crawford, #10)


Charles Todd

A Forgotten Place was my second Charles Todd book, and although a bit slow and tedious at times, was an enjoyable story about nurse Bess Crawford and her patients during and after World War I.


Bess comes platonically attached to a group of Welsh patients and one in particular.  She follows this patient, Captain Williams, to a small Welsh coastal village.  Here she finds a village whose inhabitants could well be living in the seventeenth or eighteenth century and not in the early part of the twentieth century.  Villagers and their attitudes appear to have frozen in time.  At best the townsfolk are suspicious of any strangers who visit their village, and at worst violent.  After Bess’ driver vanishes during their first night in the village, there is very little transport back to a neighbouring village, from where Bess can return to her unit.  She is a virtual prisoner.  The only car in the village will not transport her.  Bodies appear; some being buried in the darkest hours of the night.

Narrator Rosalyn Landor’s voice did not appeal to me.  However, she probably voiced the characters as they may have spoken one hundred years ago.  For my ear there was little difference between characters which, in my opinion, makes or breaks an audio book.  This is another of those books which may have been more enjoyable had I read it.

A Forgotten Place was interesting enough

to finish the entire book so I will rate

A Forgotten Place

with three stars.

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