Published: 9th May 2016
Publisher: Unsung Stories
Pages: 120 Pages
The Arrival of Missives is a genre-defying story of fate, free-will and the choices we make in life. In the aftermath of the Great War, Shirley Fearn dreams of challenging the conventions of rural England, where life is as predictable as the changing of the seasons.
The scarred veteran Mr. Tiller, left disfigured by an impossible accident on the battlefields of France, brings with him a message: part prophecy, part warning. Will it prevent her mastering her own destiny?
As the village prepares for the annual May Day celebrations, where a new queen will be crowned and the future will be reborn again, Shirley must choose: change or renewal?
Thank you to Unsung Stories for sending me a copy to read and review.
Set in a rural village in England, The Arrival of Missives follows the life of Shirley and the aftermath of the Great War. Her father is a hardworking farm owner and is respected in the village, which sees Shirley a topic of conversation.
In her final year of education, it becomes apparent that she wants to become a teacher and seeks advice from her teacher Mr Tiller. The 24 year old is an injured ex-serviceman and hides a very unusual secret. The secret leads to Shirley being asked to complete a task that she is apprehensive about – why does it have to be her? This secret is one anomaly to this historical novel because Anna adds an element of Sci-fi, which is totally unexpected. Given that the rural village is yet to receive electricity, it was interesting to read how such a futuristic component could fit in so well.
For only 120 pages, it was full of excitement. The novel transports you back to a world where tradition plans your life and fate determines your future. There is a sense of community within the story and I’m always a big fan of that. I particularly liked the May Day activities that were held in the village. I remember having such celebrations when I was younger and dancing around the May Pole (how old do I sound?) – that was a nice added touch.
I have also read The Beauty by Anna, which too is a great story.