The First World War, everyone said in 1914, would be over by Christmas, and Stephen Conway rushes to enlist. Leaving behind a new wife and a baby on the way, he soon finds himself in the trenches of Gallipoli. Four horrific years later, Stephen is the only survivor of his platoon. Shell-shocked and disillusioned, and during the heat of battle on the blood-stained fields of France, he mysteriously disappears.
More than eighty years later, Stephen’s grandson Patrick finds a diary that leads him to Britain and France on a journey to discover what really happened. It is a journey during which he unexpectedly finds love, and the truth about his grandfather’s fate that is even stranger and more shocking than he imagined.
Based on true events, this is an unforgettable novel of courage and survival from a master storyteller.
I loved the book so much and after reading this story I then had to make sure that I then read every book in his collection. I find the time around the First World War's so very interesting and romantic and I fell in love with the characters in Barbed Wire and Roses from the past and the present and was invested in their outcome and couldn't wait to see how they would combine.
What I love so much about this story is the depth of factual information which is woven into the captivating stories, Peter is a master at this. Small pieces of information that would soon be long forgotten are captured for ever in the pages which brings the period to life. This book has kept a lasting piece of my heart and is my favourite book of all time.
I’m not kidding; I have started this review at least a dozen times. I just don’t know where to begin. Barbed Wire and Roses is such a unique reading experience that I don’t think I am capable of composing anything that would do it justice. Read More
This book drew me in. Peter Yeldham's characters are alive and the story held me to the end. Set in both WW1 and the present, it is the story of Stephen, a young man who joins up full of fervour and excitement at being part of an adventure that everyone thinks will be 'over by Christmas'. Read More
I'm learning so much about the waste war has been on our world...this one concentrates on one person in WW1 especially our ANZACS (hey, I'm an Aussie) and these poor blokes thought it'd all be over within a year Read More
Peter Yeldham is an Australian screenwriter and author. Some time ago, I bought Barbed Wire and Roses ... It’s a great book and if I was looking for similarities, I say he’s like Bryce Courtenay in telling a good Aussie story Read More
I loved this book. I thought the love story was beautiful. I read the accounts of the war in horror! I'm so glad I tracked this book down and yet another reason to love Goodreads, never would've found this book if it wasn't for that member's recommendation! Read More
This is the second time I have read this book and it was thoroughly enjoyed again. By the way, I normally dislike war novels, but this one, just affects me. Read More
This is the first book of Peter Yeldham that I have read and I'm going out to pick up a few more of his books. Read More
This book was very compelling and moving. I couldn't put it down. Brilliantly written. This is a must read for anyone who likes historical novels. Read More
A great way to uncover an old story. Read More
What a great book. Read More
A great story of an Aussie soldier in WW1 Read More
Read this on holiday the year before last, absolutely loved it. Read More
I really liked the interlocking stories and the mystery aspect as a grandson tries to determine what happened to his grandfather believed to have died in battle. Read More