|About the Book|
This is a story in two parts and three themes. There is the “present day” storyline (told in the first person) of middle-aged Sandy Frazer whose life has been drifting for many years until a series of events in one day make her want to go back to herMoreThis is a story in two parts and three themes. There is the “present day” storyline (told in the first person) of middle-aged Sandy Frazer whose life has been drifting for many years until a series of events in one day make her want to go back to her childhood home in order to find her own identity and to answer some of the questions that have been haunting her life.Running parallel in a series of flashbacks (told in the third person) is the story of Sandy and her brother Cliff whose parents were killed in 1967 when the children were aged six and eight. Their stories take the reader through the Troubles of Northern Ireland in the 1970s and to the superstitions of Alabama as the children learn to survive in different ways.Tying in with both the past and present themes is the story of the railway line where the children’s father worked. The railway line is closed in 1968 as part of Dr Beeching’s cutbacks at the same time as the children are sent away to be with a branch of their family they didnt even know existed. The railway land is bought by a dedicated group of people committed to seeing the length of track opened as a preserved line, one of whom is Sandys childhood sweetheart who cant quite let her memory go.All the threads come together as Sandy and Cliff prepare to go back to their old childhood home, to join in the celebrations as the preserved branch line finally links up to the main line again nearly forty years after it was closed. The symbolism of the link is not lost on Sandy and Cliff as they learn to reconnect with their past and Sandy finally gets back together with her childhood sweetheart and, for the first time in her life, can look forward.It is a story of lost loves, of lost childhood and ultimately of hope for the future. It is for all those children of the 1960s and 1970s who saw such great changes in their lives.