Educated And Entertained
Land That I Love by Gail Kittleson is a marvellous historical novel that will both educate and entertain you.
The story is set in America during World War II and is seen through the eyes of an Englishman from Nottingham. It is written in the first person enabling the reader to become intimately acquainted with the main character and his young son.
Friendship and loyalty loom large as a manservant, William, accompanies the lead character from England to America. He has loyally served the family for years. In America, the land of the free, we witness the transition from servant to friend, where both are on an equal footing.
Mental illness takes a toll on lives and a marriage. The opening of the novel is reminiscent of Mr Rochester and his wife. It is a night that will forever haunt the lead character.
The reader hears the plight of the enemy aliens living within America. It is particularly focused on those of German descent. Despite being born in America, German immigrants were treated with prejudice, hostility and racial intolerance. Many were interned in camps.
There is a close bond between a father and his son, who is taught not just intellectually but practically too.
WWII is seen through the eyes of the lead character and news reports. Gail Kittleson has researched thoroughly as all the major events are covered with depth and care. The historian in me, with a passion for WWII, was completely satisfied.
I always love Gail Kittleson’s novels. She appeals to both the historian and the reader in me. Land That I Love is a fabulous read that I can highly recommend.
I received a free copy from the author. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.