Thoughtful and Engaging 4*
Two Trees by G.J.Greenhough is a thoughtful reflection on friendships and enemies in war time. Twenty year old John sets out to the Western Front in the last year of the Great War, much to the distress of his younger sister, his girlfriend and the rest of the family.
In a trench John gets wounded and is rescued by a German soldier, Frank, with whom he strikes up a brief friendship before ending up in a prisoner of war camp. On his return to the UK later, John is not his usual self anymore, such is the impact of the atrocities of the war on the young man’s spirit.
In the novel, the family serves as a great source of information on the impact of the war on living conditions in the UK, the spirit of the nation and on the attitude of towards the enemies, a sentiment which is challenged by Frank’s kind action in the midst of the war.
The Two Trees is the name of a war cemetery in France, but serves as source for plenty of symbolism, be it the men themselves who weather the war and remain strong, or be it the trees serving as support for the soldiers resting from battle, to name but a few possible readings. A truly great title!
This is a moving story which is based on true events and serves as a great reflection on the inhumane mechanics of war and what gets lost in the process. It is almost a ‘Wonder Tale’ (as is the title of a book mentioned in the novel), a story of hope and survival.
I personally felt the story could have been tightened and paced a little faster at times and much of the storyline in the UK did not engage me quite as strongly as the parts about the emerging friendship between the two enemies and the rest of the battle and actual war chapters. The book, however, makes many important points about the war, racial hatred and friendship. It also provided a lot of interesting details about the war times and to this reader and overall stimulating and entertaining read.
Christopher Fischer – Historical Novel Society
Engrossing 4* It is a book that draws you into its clutches and makes you reflect on what causes mistrust between individuals of different nationalities and races in a period that instant communication was not present. Karen G. Amazon
I hope that you will autograph my copy of your very excellent book Two Trees. Unusually for me I read it in a week as I found it a difficult book to put down! The book really conveyed to me the thoughts, fears, emotions and prejudices that were prevalent among the generations in those far off WW1 days. A.A.
I enjoyed reading your book so much. It is an eye-opening book with very convincing real-life characters. It is so well written. Our time needs more books like yours. M.S.
I am so glad that I have read Two Trees as I found the story so sensitively written showing an incredible insight into the whole situation both before, during and after the First World War. A very heartening story of love, friendship, comradeship and humanity at such an extremely challenging time, showing a very sympathetic portrayal of all the characters involved. J.B.
Just a note to say I read Two Trees and enjoyed it very much. S.B.
Thank you for sending me news of your book. I was given it by one of my daughters as a birthday present and have just finished reading it, and enjoyed it so much. F.B.
I just wanted to tell you that I have read your book and found it very engrossing and a very interesting reflection of relationships at the time. G.B.