Set at the outbreak of the Great War, the story depicts a young woman from a Gloucestershire village, tired with the constraints of her life in Edwardian Britain.
In 1916, her brother, a weak and introverted man is called up for military service. She sees an opportunity to finally compete with men in their own world and formulates a plan to go to war in his place.
In this unique and compelling tale of sibling love and extraordinary bravery, they learn to swap lives completely and she quickly adapts to her life as a man, seeking to fight alongside her male peers in war- torn France.
With many twists and turns, it demonstrates the very best and worst of soldiers of the time and brings a new perspective to the many aspects of war. With unbelievable conditions, great loyalty and unrivalled friendships, her world is then shattered as the military machine closes in. With her life now in danger, she battles to survive, bringing a conclusion the reader won’t see coming.
Information about the Book
Title: In Her Sights
Author: John Kimbrey
Release Date: 14th January 2020
Genre: Historical Fiction
Page Count: 370
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49494311-in-her-sights
✨My Thoughts ✨
It’s only recently that I’ve started reading historical fiction. I studied History as a GCSE and A-Level, so I’ve always been fascinated with history. But, what I studied and learnt is basically just a lot of facts and figures and lots and lots of dates. The deeper knowledge and humanity behind some of the atrocities were touched upon but not to a huge extent. I’ve read a few books now which have the Great War as a central setting to the plotline, but the detail of the war is very minimal.
In Her Sights, takes us right into the heart of the battlefield. From call ups, training and to the fierce battles on the front line. We see one recruit as they embark on a journey that will be life altering.
This is a very unique role swapping tale of sibling love taken to the extreme. Twins Edward and Edwina have inherited their parents farm after they tragically lose their lives aboard the Titanic. Edwina has always been physically and mentally stronger than her brother. So, when Edward gets the call up to go to war; and is worried that he won’t be cut out for the demand. Edwina steps up to the plate. She has always wanted to prove her worth, and this is the perfect opportunity.
What follows is a tale of a truly strong woman. Through Edwina’s story we got to experience what it was like in the trenches and on sniper duty in No Man’s Land. And, it’s something I could never imagine wanting to be a part of.
John Kimbrey has researched well to bring provenance to this story. I have learnt much more about the suffering that the soldiers had to endure in the trenches from this story. A truly fantastic tale that had me hooked.
Thanks to Faye for my spot on the tour. And, to the publishers for my gifted copy.
About The Author
John Kimbrey served in the Royal Marines for twenty-five years and has travelled the world extensively. He visited Antarctica three times on exploratory and scientific expeditions and was awarded the Polar medal. He lived in New Zealand for seven years, and now lives in Lincolnshire.
In Her Sights, his first novel, depicts the heroism of soldiers in the great war, demonstrates the very best and worst of soldiers of the time. It is the first book of a trilogy that focuses on this period, and, unexpectedly, its main protagonist is a woman. She thrives on many challenges the war offers her, and ultimately becomes a cool and calculated killer.
The sequel to In Her Sights is finished and John has several months of editing and fine tuning ahead of him before it is published.
John has enjoyed reading since childhood, and always felt he had a book in him, but now feels there are many more to come. His writing style is open and reactionary, and whether it’s a gift or luck, his creative mind always develops a variety of plotlines. He gets so absorbed sometimes that ideas flow quicker than he can write them down.
John loves the great outdoors and enjoys exercise. He cycles every week and makes regular visits to his local gym. He was widowed in 2014 and has two married children and three grandchildren.