The world goes mad in 1914. And in the chaos, on the blood-soaked fields of the Ypres Salient, young humanitarian John Armitage meets a British nurse, Evelyne Grenville, a lady with admirable courage and a secret. Could they possibly make a difference, offering solace at the Western Front? Will Evelyne’s secret life bring calamity on them both? Their ensuing philanthropic life course encounters joy, forgiveness, horrific tragedy and a special-needs boy who shows the way to recovery.
It’s a ninety-year journey for the Armitages. It’s a Walk to Paradise Garden.
(approx. 100,000 words)
Here’s an excerpt.
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Walk to Paradise Garden is an absolutely beautiful tale of love and sacrifice that begins in a very unique time in history and takes us through the years like a very lucky fly on the wall observing, cheering for and sometimes crying with, John Armitage and Evelyne Grenville.
Author John B Campbell has mastered the art of historical fiction. Period details, dialog and attention to details are perfect in the novel. I would put Walk to Paradise Garden up against The English Patient in terms of the descriptions of the World War I timeframe, and against Love in the Time of Cholera for characterization. It’s really good enough to hold its own against both.
Campbell has a way of pulling readers right down into the mud of the story. I think a lot of that success is due to the strong dialog. You can tell exactly what type of character is speaking by the way they talk, and very few if any novels are able to do that successfully. I almost wonder if the author studied language along with the massive amount of other research that obviously went into this tale.
Walk has got instant classic written all over it. I have every reason to believe that it will achieve both critical acclaim and commercial success once published.
—John Breeden II, Chief Editor of gameindustry.com