A long shadow

When farmer Dan Maddicott is found shot dead in one of his fields, he leaves behind a young family and a farm deep in debt. Although the coroner records accidental death, village rumours suggest he has taken his own life so that the insurance payout can save his family from ruin.

Dan’s wife, Kate, refuses to believe the gossip and is determined to prove to herself, and her children, that his death was an accident. But could it have been murder? Kate discovers a set of old diaries containing secrets that may reveal how Dan really died.
Set against the backdrop of the farming crisis of the turn of the millennium, Caroline Kington’s absorbing family drama also tells the secret history of another resident of the farm, decades before, whose tragic tale will come to have major repercussions in the present day.

Review A long shadow by Fany Van Hemelen:
What a family story through decades!
When Dan, the owner of a big farm dies Kate his wife is confronted with many questions . She refuses to believe it was suicide because Dan wouldn’t leave her or the kids. When she discovers old diaries maybe she is going to find out the truth.

This is a family saga with dramatic effects and secrets from the past that are clouds in the future. Kate is trying to keep her husband’s dream but when you aren’t a farmer and almost nobody has confidence in you it’s a difficult path to follow. Will she succeed and will she find answers?

The characters and problems in this book are realistic and the fluent writing style and the hidden history are a lovely recept to a good time of reading.
The people in this story are real and are in actual pain and that’s written in a moving tale of a farmer, his family and their dreams. A long Shadow is a compelling novel about love, trust and courage. This book made me think if I could tell everything to my beloved ones when I was in big trouble..
If you love a good romance and a family tragedy this book is for you!

Caroline Kington spent most of her working life in theatre and television, as a director, producer and founder of the fringe theatre company Antidote Theatre.
Since the death of her husband Miles Kington, the columnist and broadcaster, she has posthumously published three of his books: a humorous memoir of his illness, called How Shall I Tell the Dog?; a collection of his columns and other writings, The Best By Miles; and a collection of his celebrated ‘Franglais’ columns that had not appeared in book form before, Le Bumper Book of Franglais.
In her own right, she is the author of the Summerstoke trilogy of rural comedies. She insists that no character in the series is based on anybody from the small village near Bath where she has lived for many years. Nobody believes her.
Her novel A Long Shadow had its origins in a feature she made for Channel 4 News at the turn of this century about the pressures on farmers as a result of BSE and foot-and-mouth disease.

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Titel: A long shadow | Auteur: Caroline Kington | Uitgeverij: Eye Books | Categorie: romans | Uitvoering: Paperback en E-book | 300 pagina’s | ISBN13: 9781785631184 | Verkrijgbaar sinds: mei 2019 | Recensent: Fany van Hemelen | Datum recensie: 10-05-2019 | Prijs max.: €10,99 | Bestellen

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