Poppies and Forget-me-nots

Poppies and Forget-me-nots

The citizens of Oakdale hail the Revd James Wortley as a prophet when he appears to predict the outbreak of the First World War but some turn against him when he takes a pacifist stand.  Two decades later, when the outbreak of another war is threatening, a young Welsh trainee teacher, Heulwen Hughes, embarks on a search to find her real father – and discovers more than she expected.

I have always been fascinated by the First World War since listening, as a young pastor, to the harrowing stories of elderly men in my congregation who had been involved in the carnage. If I had been a church minister at the time, how would I have  guided my congregation, how would I have comforted the familes of the men who werre kiled and maimed – and how would I have coped with the added pressures that wartime brought? Poppies and Forget-me-nots emerges from those questions.

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