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War changes everyone, inside and out. The remarkable true story of the Guinea Pig Club.
England, 1942. After three years of WWII, Britain is showing the scars. But in this darkest of days, three lives intertwine, changing their destinies and those of many more.
Dr Archibald McIndoe, a New Zealand plastic surgeon with unorthodox methods, is on a mission to treat and rehabilitate badly burned airmen – their bodies and souls. With the camaraderie and support of the Guinea Pig Club, his boys battle to overcome disfigurement, pain, and prejudice to learn to live again.
John ‘Mac’ Mackenzie of the US Air Force is aware of the odds. He has one chance in five of surviving the war. Flying bombing missions through hell and back, he’s fighting more than the Luftwaffe. Fear and doubt stalk him on the ground and in the air, and he’s torn between his duty and his conscience.
Shy, decent and sensible Stella Charlton’s future seems certain until war breaks out. As a new recruit to the WAAF, she meets an American pilot on New Year’s Eve. After just one dance, she falls head over heels for the handsome airman. But when he survives a crash, she realises her own battle has only just begun.
Based on a true story, "The Beauty Shop" is a moving tale of love, compassion, and determination against a backdrop of wartime tragedy.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Message from Author: Hello, and welcome to my Author Page:
I live in the Lake District with my husband and two sons where I write historical fiction.
After taking the decision to leave an established career in healthcare, I began to research family history and soon became fascinated with both World War periods. After completing a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing, I began to write a story set during WW2, a time consumed with a rush of emotions and rich history that causes my heart and mind to soar whenever I revisit.
My obsession with military and aviation history shows no signs of waning, and I love nothing more than digging through the archives for old snippets of lives - lives waiting for fresh breath so they might breathe once more, if only for a short time. Maybe life is more thrilling in black and white. Other interests include music, old movies, and photography – especially if WW2 aircraft are on the radar.
I am a member of the Historical Novel Society and the Romantic Novelists Association. "The Beauty Shop" is my debut novel and will be released 28th November 2016.
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