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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Wounded: A Great War Novel by Gary Lewis is a story that throws light on the war-torn period of World War One. The love story of the main characters, Snow and Cozette, is set against a war backdrop. Snow meets Cozette in a small French village. War takes Snow away from Cozette and he loses contact with her. But his love for Cozette and his hopes of seeing her keep him going during the dark days of war. A decade later, Snow's son George travels to Grand Sec Bois to find out more about Cozette after reading a manuscript written by his deceased father about his life and experiences. What he finds there is touching and emotional.
The story will strike a chord within you. The life of the soldiers living in a war zone, their insecurities, and difficulties are captured well and the author also speaks about the repercussions it can have on their personal lives. The story also shows the yearnings of two lovers kept apart by war and circumstances. The book sheds a lot of insight into the lives of Australian soldiers fighting in a strange country for a land which does not belong to them.
The shifting of the scene of the story from a war-torn era to Sydney makes the read very exciting. The author has woven the love angle and the war theme together with a lot of skill and has managed to capture the hearts of readers. The story is profound and poignant.