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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Louisa Young Narrator: Dan Stevens Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2014 ISBN: 9780062356826
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The lives of two very different couples—an officer and his aristocratic wife, and a young soldier and his childhood sweetheart—are irrevocably intertwined and forever changed in this stunning World War I epic of love and war.

At eighteen years old, working-class Riley Purefoy and posh Nadine Waveney have promised each other the future, but when war erupts across Europe, everything they hold to be true is thrown into question. Dispatched to the trenches, Riley forges a bond of friendship with his charismatic commanding officer, Peter Locke, as they fight for their survival. Yet it is Locke’s wife, Julia, who must cope with her husband’s transformation into a distant shadow of the man she once knew. Meanwhile, Nadine and Riley’s bonds are tested as well by a terrible injury and the imperfect rehabilitation that follows it, as both couples struggle to weather the storm of war that rages about them.

Moving among Ypres, London, and Paris, this emotionally rich and evocative novel is both a powerful exploration of the lasting effects of war on those who fight—and those who don’t—and a poignant testament to the enduring power of love.

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  • My Dear I Wanted to Tell You is one of those books that doesn’t leave you, and probably never will. So deep was the place it touched in my heart, that I wanted to keep the book itself close by; as if I could comfort each character and keep them tightly held. Many writers have set out to describe war’s dark, lingering shadow, though few have truly succeeded. In this story of lives torn apart by the horror of the Great War, where even the soul struggles to rise amid the detritus of battle, Louisa Young proves herself to be one of those writers, and she has told this story very, very well.”

    Jacqueline Winspear, New York Times bestselling author

  • “At the heart of My Dear I Wanted To Tell You are an irresistible hero and heroine: the passionate, ambitious, strong-minded Riley and Nadine. How their lives are transformed—literally and figuratively—by World War I makes for a surprisingly suspenseful and tender novel. I was enraptured by these pages.”

    Margot Livesey, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Every once in a while comes a novel that generates its own success, simply by being loved. Louisa Young’s My Dear I Wanted to Tell You inspires the kind of devotion among its readers not seen since David Nicholls’ One Day.”

    Times (London)

  • “Known to children around the world for the bestselling Lionboy series, Louisa Young makes use of her abundant storytelling gifts in her first novel for adults: My Dear I Wanted to Tell You, a moving tale of men and women tested to their limits by World War I.”

    Washington Post

  • “Singular in quality…[A] thoughtful story of English class, world war, and that universal constant—love.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “With well-written, mesmerizing prose reminiscent of an earlier era, this novel will be enjoyed by any fan of romance or historical fiction. The level of detail and description is sometimes shocking but always poignant and relevant.”

    Library Journal

  • “A literate, moving wartime tale in which love triumphs over despair.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “This novel is a triumph.”

    Elizabeth Jane Howard, author of the Cazelet Chronicles series

  • “A month after reading this book it is still on my mind, its characters as clear and their dilemmas still playing themselves out in my mind. I’d thought there was nothing more for fiction to do with the Great War, but Louisa Young has discovered the startlingly modern questions of that great catastrophe.”

    Linda Grant, author of The Clothes on Their Backs and When I Lived in Modern Times

  • A 2011 Costa Book Award Nominee
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About the Author

Louisa Young grew up in London in the house where Peter Pan was written. She studied modern history at Cambridge and was for many years a freelance journalist working mostly for the motorcycle press, Marie Claire, and the Guardian. She lives in London and Italy with her daughter and the composer Robert Lockhart.

About the Narrator

Dan Stevens is nternationally known for his role as Matthew Crawley in the hit television drama Downton Abbey, and more recently he has starred in films including Summer in February, The Fifth Estate, A Walk among the Tombstones, The Guest, The Cobbler, and Night at the Museum 3. Dan’s other screen work includes Vamps, Hilde, Sense & Sensibility, Maxwell, and The Line of Beauty, and his theater work includes The Heiress on Broadway and Arcadia, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, The Vortex, and Hay Fever in London.