Snapshots From Home by Sasha Wasley is a historical romance novel based on a true event during World War I. The story is suspenseful with family drama, relationships, friendships, loss and hope.
The Snapshots from Home League was a scheme run by the YMCA to boost the morale of soldiers fighting overseas. A soldier could request a photo from home to be sent to them.
It’s 1917, and World War I has been going on for three years. Edie’s home is in Guilford, a suburb of Perth. She lives with her father, and her mother and brother both have passed. Her brother Aubrey died early in the war. He had been teaching Edie photography in secret, as their father wouldn’t approve.
Although they are reasonably well off, her father aspires for her to marry into money and is fostering relationships in view of finding a marriage for Edie.
Edie has taken a teaching position at Miss Raison’s School for Girls in York. Living away from home allows her some freedom from her moody and critical father.
A friend gifts Edie a camera and encourages her to join The Snapshots from Home League.
Kitty Macmillan, ten years old and an enthusiastic student of Edie’s, volunteers to be her assistant. Kitty knows every family, house and farm in the district. The Macmillan family run a portrait gallery. Many requests were for outlying farms and Kitty organises her brother Teddy to transport them. It is allowed as long as Kitty accompanies them as a chaperone.
On these journeys, Edie’s ideas are challenged as Teddy is a conscientious objector and heated debates take place.
Edie’s photographic skills are challenged as she takes photos of family, babies, tractors, livestock, crops, houses and basically any subject that has been requested.
Her eyes are opened to the class divides and opinions of others, causing Edie to question her own values and those of her father.
When her father arranges a marriage to Digby Hammond, the son of a wealthy factory owner, Edie is horrified. She knows the consequences of going against his will.
Who can she turn to for help?
Aubrey’s friend Bill Bogle, a soldier overseas, has continued to write to her. Edie feels he could be romantically interested in her, or Teddy Macmillan, dashingly handsome and fun to be with, but considered a social outcast.
Edie’s own Father has secrets, and in a twist of events, these secrets are exposed.
I found this story very interesting. The way the story unfolds and the suspense of exactly what will become of Edie keeps you engaged. The characters each have a role to play in making this story relatable and memorable.
The book challenged me to think about the social issues of that time. How difficult it was for single and married women to have a career and the expectations and limitations placed on them by male family members.
Also about the loss of life during the war and the families suffering while their husband, sons or brothers are overseas. The letters from the trenches from Bill and Aubrey add another aspect, as do the views and treatment of conscientious objectors. There are wealthy factory owners exploiting workers and benefiting from the war, political unrest, and a plan for conscription. So much history I hadn’t thought about.
A great read. I thoroughly recommend the book, for both the romance and the history.
Thank you to Beauty and Lace and Pantera Press for the opportunity to read this excellent book.
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