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The Return

(2021)
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Jack’s war is over, but his greatest battle is about to begin.

‘An engaging story of secrets, sacrifice and the persistence of love’ Sunday Times

‘A truly wonderful novel’ Jill Mansell

‘An enticing slant on wartime life’ Mandy Robotham

‘A beautiful and poignant love story’ Jenny Quintana

From the author of The Lost Ones, shortlisted for the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award and Historical Writers’ Association Debut Crown Award…

Jack Ellison’s war is over, but the battle for his family has just begun.

When Jack left for the war, he made a parting pledge to his pregnant bride, Gwen, that he would never return. It was, after all, best for everyone that he didn’t.

Now, as celebrations erupt for Victory in Europe, Gwen is terrified that Jack will renege on his promise, threatening the life she has built for herself and their son on the family farm.

But war has changed Jack, and he is coming home, determined to claim a place in Gwen’s life – and her heart.

As events of the past come back to haunt them, Jack and Gwen find themselves facing their greatest battle – and it is a fight neither of them can afford to lose.

In this sweeping historical story with huge heart, Anita Frank weaves a glorious tale of love and loss, secrets and promises.

Praise for The Return:

‘An engaging story of secrets, sacrifice and the persistence of love’ Sunday Times

‘A truly wonderful novel, so beautifully written and with an engrossing plot’ Jill Mansell

‘Draws you in with a deeply held secret so that just when you think it should all be over, it’s really just beginning – an enticing slant on wartime life’ Mandy Robotham

‘Set during WWII, Anita Frank weaves a beautiful and poignant love story that tugged at my heartstrings’ Jenny Quintana

‘An engrossing story of loss, betrayal and love on the farming home front during WWII’ Carolyn Kirby

‘Beautiful, atmospheric writing and masterful storytelling’ Jenny Ashcroft

‘A more modern take on Far from the Madding CrowdHistorical Novel Society, Editor’s Pick

‘Utterly gripping. It wrapped me in its spell from the first page to the last’ Iona Grey

‘A love poem to a lost agricultural way of life’ Caroline Scott



Genre: Historical Romance

Praise for this book

"With her combination of beautiful, atmospheric writing and masterful storytelling Anita had me turning the pages well into the night. The Return is a very special novel, one I savoured and will assuredly return to." - Jenny Ashcroft

"A gripping, achingly romantic wartime drama that pulses with tension; with vibrant characters and a gloriously nostalgic setting, it will capture your heart." - Samantha King

"Anita Frank follows up her celebrated debut with an engrossing story of loss, betrayal and love on the farming home front during World War Two … This is addictive storytelling that immerses the reader in the struggles of women in wartime and the traumas of the men who returned to them. Anita Frank’s clear, sensitive writing moves us expertly through the farming year. Long-lost routines of rural labour are deftly described by a writer with a lyrical feel for the English countryside as well as an empathetic eye for family drama. The Return is a fantastic follow-up to The Lost Ones and I can’t wait to read whatever Anita Frank delivers next!" - Carolyn Kirby

"I loved every minute of The Return by Anita Frank – it’s a truly wonderful novel, so beautifully written and with an engrossing plot. The characters are wonderfully drawn. From now on, Anita will be a must-read author for me." - Jill Mansell

"Set during World War Two, Anita Frank weaves a beautiful and poignant love story that tugged at my heartstrings and kept me thoroughly absorbed. With her remarkable writing and compelling, believable characters, I was hooked from the start and bereft at the end. Highly recommend this moving second novel by Anita Frank." - Jenny Quintana


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Title: The Return: From the author of historical fiction books comes the most breathtaking World War Two love story of 2021
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