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The Girl Who Disappeared by James Lingard

Britain in the 1930s; a novel inspired by real events; eloping.

Historical romance THE GIRL WHO DISAPPEARED is a fact-based historical romance with a strong female lead set in Britain in the 1930s and during WW2 when men ruled and women were expected to obey.

Emily falls passionately in love with working class Walter and resolves to elope with him. Her actions will see her struggle to survive the devastation brought about by the war, as she and her four-year-old son are thrown into the midst of danger and death. Their air raid shelter is destroyed by a direct hit. The family experience rationing and the terror of bombing. The Girl Who Disappeared is a moving love story about one woman’s enduring resilience, a story full of quiet humour and surprising twists and turns.

…..’Wow! What a good book’ (Goodreads Reviewer)

…..’James brought their lives to life’ (Library Thing Reviewer)

…..‘A beautiful historical blend of fact and fiction. This book was an emotional read for me. 5 stars.’ (Readers Favorite)

More Published Reviews:

1: Review by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers’ Favorite

Review Rating: 5 Stars- Congratulations on your 5-star review!

The Girl Who Disappeared by James Lingard is a historical romance novel that will appeal to lovers of war stories. Emily loved Walter fiercely, but her parents kicked against her marrying him. She married and eloped with him to America, where he had gained a scholarship to Harvard.

They moved back to London, Walter got a banking job, and they had their baby boy, Richard. Everything fell to pieces as the war between Germany, Great Britain, France, and other Allied forces kicked off. The journey to survival for Emily and her family began. Walter went from being a respectable banker to a military officer with little familial contact. Emily moved from a beautiful home to a run-down cottage in the heart of nowhere. Will their love endure the war?
Did Emily make the right choice to marry Walter?

The Girl Who Disappeared by James Lingard is a beautiful historical blend of fact and fiction. It detailed the travails of a family during the war that took the lives of millions of people. Many of us have only read about the war or heard it from the older generations. However, after reading this book, I’d say it was a terrible experience.

I loved the plot and character consistency. Emily’s strength made me marvel, even though she wasn’t my most favorite character. She was tough, brave, and dogged whenever she needed to be. Walter gained my respect for his wisdom and subtle approach to life. Richard was my most favorite character because of his strength, resilience, and formidable mind. This book was an emotional read for me, and James Lingard gets a thumbs up.

2: Review by Bookread2day-5 Stars

Wow! What a good book I’ve read to day. A very well written story that I’m very happy to recommend.

Emily lives in Halifax Yorkshire with her mother and strict father. But Emily is in love and is going to get married on her twenty-first birthday. Her father has forbidden her to marry Walter Lingard. He makes it very clear to Emily that if you marry that man, you leave this house for good never to return. ‘Never. Do you understand me? he boomed.’ He’s a wicked father with a cane, but Emily is now a grown woman, he can’t use it on her anymore.

Emily loves her boyfriend and gets married in secret and sails on her honeymoon to America, but her father is looking for her. A bombing war is about to start that’s quite frightening.

A mixture of topic of scenes, built up slowly and nicely that I thoroughly enjoyed reading.

An excellent story for book clubs to discuss all moving scenes, with things happening along the way that I didn’t think about these plots would take place, so I was taken by surprise as the plots unfolded.

3: Review by Tony Parsons

A very awesome book cover, & proper great font & writing style. A very well written WWII era historical fiction romance book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of.

This could also make another great WWII era romantic movie, or better yet a mini-TV series. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars. Tony Parsons (Washburn; MSW)

4. Book Reviews By Sophie McC’s Reviews: Amazing! Loved it! Full review out soon. 🙂
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5. Review by Sue Vincent in her Daily Echo Blog
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THE GIRL WHO DISAPPEARED by James Lingard is a fact-based historical novel set in Britain in the 1930s and continuing through the Second World War and the 1940s and 50s.

Emily living with her strict parents in Halifax falls in love with Walter Lingard but on bringing him home, her father throws him out of the house and tries to force her to marry someone else. Emily elopes with Walter during the night to escape her domineering father.

They start their married life in America but move back home for Walter’s career at Lloyds Bank. Their lives are turned upside down by the Second World War.

This is a fascinating novel set in a turbulent time, using a woman’s voice on her thoughts and feelings of war. Her character grows as time passes from a spoilt young woman to a mature lady who has experienced a challenging life. We see her struggle to survive the devastation brought about by the war as she and her four-year-old son are thrown into the midst of danger and death. The family experience rationing and the terror of bombing. Their air raid shelter is destroyed by a direct hit.

When Walter volunteers for the army, Emily and her son are evacuated to a rat-infested cottage in a farming community near Hebden Bridge. The war changes Walter into an efficient army officer who demands to be obeyed. Emily worries that she might have a rival for his affections.

The Girl Who Disappeared is a moving love story about one woman’s enduring resilience, a story full of quiet humour and surprising twists and turns.

James Lingard certainly knows this period of history and England’s involvement, then how it affected the daily lives of its citizens. I found this fascinating. England experienced dreadful damage and loss of life during this horrific war, and not just on the battlefield. Most historical fiction novels focus on the war itself and the battles. Mr. Lingard’s shows a different aspect of the war.

6. Review by Jenna Soliani
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What a wonderful novel! The Girl Who Disappeared is everything I love!

I feel the storyline is so relatable to our community as we are all military spouses navigating life in unfamiliar places with our young kiddos much like your mother did when she travelled around America, England, and Europe.

It’s a Military Life Chief Editor and Program Manager. IML MUST-READ: THE GIRL WHO DISAPPEARED BY JAMES LINGARD MAY 7, 2021 BY JENNASOLIANI

The Girl Who Disappeared is a wonderful, adventurous story set in Britain at the brink of World War II. Emily (James’ mother) falls in love with Walter, a working-class gentleman who fiercely adores her. Despite her father’s disapproval, Emily decides to elope in an attempt to leave a male dominated society and the control of her father. When Walter later volunteers for the Army, Emily and their 4-year-old son are thrust into the dangers and consequences of war. Walter is a different man after the war, in large part due to his experience as an accomplished Army Officer, leaving Emily to wonder if their loving relationship will return.

The story focuses on Emily’s incredible sacrifice, resilience, and love despite the hardships she faces – which is definitely something that many of our military spouse friends can relate to.

Grab your copy of The Girl Who Disappeared from Amazon (Kindle, Audiobook, or Paperback formats) or Walmart!

7. Amazon Customer Reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars Historical
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 February 2020

A fact-based historical novel set in Britain in the 1930’s and continuing through the Second World War and a few decades after.

Emily living with her strict parents in Halifax falls in love with Walter but on bringing him home, her father refuses their engagement and tries to force Emily to marry someone of a higher class. Nearing her 21st birthday Emily decides to run away with Walter and marry, it seems anything to escape her domineering father and weak mother.

They embark their married life with a visit to America but move back home for Walter’s career at the bank. Unfortunately, Walter predicts the repeat of a world war and their lives are turned upside down. As he enlists, Emily is left with a young son without the support of her family.

This story is mainly described with Emily’s view however there are a few passages and chapters using her son’s view of his schooling and further career.

An interesting novel set in this turbulent time, using a woman’s voice on her thoughts and feelings of war. I enjoyed how her character grew as time passed, from a spoilt young woman to a mature lady, who clearly had experienced many life’s lessons and tribulations.

8. Review by Reader Lady
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4.0 out of 5 Stars My Musings. Reviewed in the United States on January 29, 2020
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3.5 Stars: Thanks go to the publisher and author for the chance to read and review The Girl Who Disappeared by James Lingard, an historical novel set in the WWII era. My opinions are my own and are not influenced by the gift of an e-copy of this book.

The Girl Who Disappeared is an interesting novel that shows life prior to, during, and the aftermath of WWII. I thoroughly enjoyed that aspect of the book. As a reading experience, it’s unusual. It reads more like a documentary than a novel. There is a great deal of telling instead of showing. The dialogue is indirect and different than what I normally see in works of fiction. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the book, and I’m glad I agreed to read it.

Emily is the main character. She is an interesting individual. I would have enjoyed more depth to her character. Her role is the vehicle for the information regarding the life and times of the WWII period.

Walter’s character marries Emily, but since the POV is in Emily’s, I didn’t get much insight into his character. He seemed to care for Emily and their son, Richard. However, he is rarely with them. Initially, because he’s advancing his career, and later a soldier in the Royal Army.

James Lingard certainly knows this period of history and England’s involvement, then how it affected the daily lives of its citizens. I found this fascinating. England experienced dreadful damage and loss of life during this horrific war, and not just on the battlefield. Most historical fiction novels focus on the war itself and the battles. Ms. Lingard’s shows a different aspect of the war.

If you would enjoy a fantastic view of what life was like for British citizens, then you will like this novel. In 2016, I visited England. On my tour, we drove by the shell of a church in Devon. The guide explained that it was left in ruins so British citizen would never forget the horrors of WWII. For me, that gave me a new understanding of what England suffered during that awful period of history. The Girl Who Disappeared had added to that a great deal. Happy reading.

9. Review by Cheyenne Heckermann. James Lingard’s The Girl Who Disappeared is a fact-based historical romance novel following Emily as she progresses in life from a young love-struck woman in Yorkshire through her relationship with Walter Lingard beginning in the 1930s. The relationship persists through immigrating to another continent, raising a child, and the struggles that World War II brings. As Walter’s surname implies, it’s based off the author’s own parents. The book brims with lovingly described anecdotes to the characters’ behaviours and interests.

I first read Lingard’s historical British spy thriller, The Caucasus Cauldron, and found The Girl Who Disappeared a surprising and well-done shift between these two genres. Many stylistic choices in the writing differed between these books, and I felt surprised by the quality of The Girl Who Disappeared.

Romance frequently holds presence in many novels I read, and often I find myself critiquing romance aspects of books. With this book of Lingard’s, I find myself invested in Emily and Walter’s romance. It’s littered with moments that would be hard on many couples: moving to a new and unfamiliar country after marriage, experiencing a marriage that frequently must be long distance due to new and changing circumstances, surviving a war in which both Emily and Walter find themselves changing while Emily raises their son on her own for a long time. It isn’t a quick and fast romance but one slow, sweet, and full of quirks with the characters. Emily expresses what she wants from her marriage and how her relationship with Walter changes through the book’s events.

While some minor errors are present, I highly recommend reading The Girl Who Disappeared with its range of tensions and humour, especially with the combination of genres this novel fills. After reading this, I look forward to seeing Lingard’s future books as his writing grows, especially any with similarities to The Girl Who Disappeared.

10. Review by Grace J Reviewerlady
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Review dated June 06, 2021 in Goodreads of The Girl Who Disappeared by James Lingard (Goodreads Author) describes the book as giving “a glimpse back to a time in Britain when men ruled and women were expected to obey.

“Emily falls in love with Walter but she knows that her father will never approve their union. He considers her fiancé to be from a lower class and expects his daughter to follow his rules, but Emily has no intention of giving up on love and plans to elope. She wants her union to be a marriage of equals, but when Walter returns from serving during the war, he takes decisions without asking for her input and she wonders if she’s made a grave error. Can she get their relationship back on an equal footing?

“It’s no surprise that this is a fact-based tale; I definitely had the feeling that there was more than a bit of truth in this one. I really liked Emily, and felt for her having to live under her father’s strictness. I loved that the dialogue reflected the more proper manner of speech employed in the thirties and forties, it all added to the authenticity. Marriage isn’t always what we dream it will be; it takes a bit of work as demonstrated here.

“This is a well-written account of two people in love, and how things turn out for them. Very enjoyable and one I’m happy to recommend to all lovers of a good WWII story.”

11. Review by Gmomaj 9 Dec 2019 (Goodreads Author)
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48651838-the-girl-who-disappeared

Received review copy as a PDF eBook. Difficult to read on my computer, but it immediately grabbed my interest and I’ve been reading ever since. This historical novel is based on facts. Easier to read once I transferred it to my iPhone, and was able to finish early this morning.

I learned so much about what the English people had to endure before, after, and during WWII. Fascinating and sad. We have to pray that none of us ever has to face such a level of destruction ever again. Have always heard WWII stories, my father and mother were impacted by the US’s part and we had a friend who came to the US as a war bride, but James brought their lives to life and you experienced their reality.

Recommended to all who love to learn and especially those who understand the power and importance of history to our future.

Attempted to post review on Amazon, but wasn’t allowed, not yet published.

12. Review by Tweezle (Goodreads Author)
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48651838-the-girl-who-disappeared

Emily grew up in the more privileged society in England. When she fell in love with a man that did not meet her parent’s standards, she had to make a very difficult choice. That choice was just the beginning of define the rest of Emily’s life. Set during pre-WWII through WWII in England, the story is told from Emily’s point of view.

I had a difficult time with Emily – she was a hard person for me to like, however, she did grow on me. Even though I didn’t care for her, the story was very engrossing and kept the pages turning (and sometimes rather quickly!)

This is a great story about life during WWII and is well researched. It is very realistic – down to the privileged Emily, who really didn’t fall out of character, even though I really wanted her to. The issues I had with her personality ended up being what made this book so good!

13. Review by Jane (Goodreads Author) on Mar 30, 2020.
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Really liked it.
I was asked to review by Lovereading.co.uk

I was interested as Emily lived in Halifax West Yorkshire – having lived in Halifax and Heptonstall, I was drawn to this. This is in the 30s – very strict father and she wants to marry Walter but as you guess the father is not consenting. Nasty man but Emily in intent and a war is looming. She set sail for a honeymoon in the states.

Her desire is to get married. They are enjoying life together until they get caught up in Britain in WW II. Then the bombs start falling in Britain and story is told by Emily and the female side of the war. Really interesting story of life in World War 2. Recommended.

14. Review by Naethan Pais. Hi James!

I’ve read your book “The Girl who Disappeared” and here are my views on it.

First off, it was an immensely enjoyable read and I’d like to personally congratulate you for writing an entire book. It’s an amazing task.

You conveyed the horrors of war spectacularly and I love how you detailed their lives through action and increased suspense with the confrontation between the father and Emily.

The emotion was very well conveyed and the relationship between Emily and Walter was believable by the way they interact and engage.

15. Review by Martin Dolan

Emily, a naïve young member of an upper-class British family in 1933, falls in love with Walter Lingard, a working-class son of a union rep.   She introduces Walter to her family, and declares that she intends to marry him as soon as she turns twenty-one. Her father becomes furious, orders Walter to leave, and forbids her to marry him.    In the weeks following, her father attempts to set her up with Lionel, a more suitable husband to his way of thinking; however, she only despises Lionel.

With the help of Walter`s family, Emily manages to run away and elope with him, and, immediately after, they board a steamer and sail to America. But life in the United States did not turn out to be quite as ideal as they had expected – a society still suffering from the seamier side of prohibition and now experiencing the full economic weight of the Great Depression.  Walter enters university. They return to England; only to discover that economic conditions were no better there.  Then Emily, Walter and their young son Richard had to face the horrors of the Second World War!

I liked this story, and would rate it 4 out of 5 stars, and one that I can quite easily describe as `hard to put down`. One curious aspect of this tale is that the surnames of the main characters are the same as the author`s, (Lingard). I had assumed throughout the story that it was a biographical account of the author`s grandmother, or perhaps some other close relative; but at the end it is said to be historical fiction. Historical it certainly is, but it does not quite read like fiction. It provides a very well-defined, and at times frightening view of life in Britain during World War II, or for that matter, of any country under siege during modern warfare, but is comparatively free from a lot of the `Rah Rah Rah` elements that are so often attached to many wartime stories.

16. Review by Joy Stuart

Received review copy as a PDF eBook. Difficult to read on my computer, but it immediately grabbed my interest and I’ve been reading ever since.  This historical novel is based on facts. Easier to read once I transferred it to my iPhone, and was able to finish early this morning.

I learned so much about what the English people had to endure before, after, and during WWII. Fascinating and sad.  We have to pray that none of us ever has to face such a level of destruction ever again.  Have always heard WWII stories, my father and mother were impacted by the US’s part and we had a friend who came to the US as a war bride, but James brought their lives to life and you experienced their reality.

Recommended to all who love to learn and especially those who understand the power and importance of history to our future.

Thanks for allowing me to read and review your book. Keep up the good work, you made that period of English and WWII history so much more real to me.

Product Details:
Paperback: ‎ 200 Pages
Publisher: ‎Clink Street Publishing (14 Jan. 2020)
Language: ‎English
Global Library: Romance (Fact Based Historical Romance)
Global Library: Romance (Military)
Global Library: Romance (War Story)
Global Library: Romance (Historical)

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About The Author: James Lingard was educated at Dulwich College and University College London – was a leading City of London solicitor with a lifelong interest in history who specialised in banking law and insolvency law as a partner in Norton Rose. He wrote Lingard’s Bank Security Documents (LexisNexis Butterworths) now in its 7th edition; numerous articles and gave many lectures.

He held the following appointments:

  • Council Member of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals (now known as R3)
  • Council Member of the European Association of Insolvency Practitioners (now known as Insol Europe) being the first English solicitor so selected.
  • Founding President of the Insolvency Lawyers Association.
  • Chairman of the Banking Law Sub Committee of the City of London Law Society.
  • Chairman of the Insolvency Law Sub Committees of the City of London Law Society.
  • Chairman of the Joint Insolvency Examination Board
  • Member of the insolvency licensing committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and
  • Member of the insolvency licensing committee of the Law Society.
  • A Judicial Chairman of the Insolvency Practitioners Tribunal
  • Reviewer of complaints for the Association of Accounting Technicians.

Available Books:

  • The Girl Who Disappeared 14-Jan-2020 by James Lingard
  • The Caucasus Cauldron: A Thriller 20-Oct-2020 by James Lingard
  • Britain at War 1939 to 1945: What Was Life Like During the War? 14-May-2015 by James Lingard
  • In Defiance of Danger 27-May-2013 by James Lingard
  • Escape From Iran Israeli Style 27-May-2013 by James Lingard
  • Lingard’s Bank Security Documents 18-Dec-2015 by Timothy N Parsons (Currently unavailable)
  • Lingard’s Bank Security Documents 30-Nov-2011 by Timothy N. Parsons (Currently unavailable).
  • Cauldron of Hate 07-Apr-2003 by James R. Lingard

Amazon Author’s Page:
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