The Mountains Between
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Despite its physical comforts, Jennie’s life under the critical eye of her tyrannical mother is hard, and she grows up desperate for a love she has been denied. As she blossoms into a young woman World War II breaks out. Life is turned upside down by the vagaries of war, and the charming, urbane Charles comes into her life – and he loves her … doesn’t he? ... On the other side of the scarred mountain, in the wake of a disaster that tears through his family and their tight-knit mining community, Harry finds the burden of manhood abruptly thrust upon his young shoulders. He bears it through the turmoil of the Depression years, sustained only by his love for Megan. But his life too takes many unexpected turns, and the onset of war brings unimaginable changes. … Nothing is as it was, or as it seems …
Blaenavon and Abergavenny surge to life in this vibrant, haunting, joyful masterpiece – a celebration of the Welsh people from the 1920s to the 1940s. It’s the saga of two families and their communities, and the story of two young people who should have found each other much sooner. It’s the story of the people of the mountains and the valleys who formed the beating heart of Wales.
The Mountains Between immediately became a regional best-seller. Now in its 3rd edition, it was author Julie McGowan’s first book, and is based in her much-loved homeland of Wales. Her second book, Just One More Summer, is a wonderfully intricate read based in Cornwall, while her newly-released third book, Don’t Pass Me By, is also a Welsh spectacular.