I Will Find You, a tale of mystery and intrigue which starts in wartime Fenland near Ely and then moves halfway across the globe to Australia. John Taylor’s story is colourful, poignant and moving as it charts the journey of young Robbie Spalding and his path from a Dr. Barnardos Home in Cambridge to a new life on the other side of the world. Robbie becomes Nick Thorne and this account of his arrival into adulthood is more than a little tragic and filled with unexpected twists and turns.
Touching, funny, sad and filled with drama, I will find you is an authentic and pacey read, gripping and compelling, and will certainly keep the readers’ attention until the last page is turned. Expect to shed a tear for the casualties of war.
A powerful and gripping story.
Reviewed by Piaras on March 8, 2020 for Emerald Book Reviews
I WILL Find You by John M. Taylor is a wonderfully written and richly descriptive novel with brilliantly drawn characters and settings. The author weaves a well-crafted historical fiction based on true events that will captivate the reader’s attention from the start. Skillfully constructed, this well researched story will have you turning the pages from beginning to end. There’s plenty of imagery in the writing style that makes you feel you are right there in the story, and that’s something I look for in a good book.
The book description gives a sneak preview: ‘…a tale of mystery and intrigue which starts in wartime Fenland near Ely and then moves halfway across the globe to Australia. John Taylor’s story is colorful, poignant and moving as it charts the journey of young Robbie Spalding and his path from a Dr. Barnardos Home in Cambridge to a new life on the other side of the world. Robbie becomes Nick Thorne and this account of his arrival into adulthood is more than a little tragic and filled with unexpected twists and turns…’
This was a captivating read that had me immersed from the beginning. The story flowed from scene to scene with ease, and the author shows exceptional ability when it comes to storytelling. I enjoyed the story, character development, and dialogue. There were plenty of intriguing moments that I didn’t see coming and that added to the book’s mystique. When I stopped reading to work, I found myself wondering what happened in the book, and replaying parts of the novel in my head to see if I could figure more out. It has been a while since I enjoyed a book this much.
There’s no doubt that I WILL Find You by John M. Taylor is an exceptionally well written book. However, it must be said that this story is not for the faint-hearted. The author’s script at times is razor-sharp and will cut deep into the emotions of its reader. The book does deal with some very serious issues, including illegal child migration and abuse.
This for me was a phenomenal read. It was one of those books that stayed with me for several days after I finished reading. The vivid descriptions of the settings, situations, and the people were stunning and realistic. The author’s use of genuine dialogue further added to the overall atmosphere of authenticity.
It’s one of those stories that come along occasionally that makes you want to read it non-stop until you get to the end. I’m giving nothing further away here. And this, I hope, will only add to the mystery and enjoyment for the reader.
I’ll be looking forward to reading more from John M. Taylor in the future. I would highly recommend this book and would add that it has a distinctly cinematic feel to it.
A well-deserved five stars from me.
John describes himself as “being dragged up in Littleport” so is a Fen boy. He claims his greatest attribute at school was his ability to daydream exciting adventures. His philosphy on life, “we only get one shot at it, grab it with both hands and go for it!”
After a commercial career that took him around the world to live in Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea he has returned to the UK. His writing career began with technical and training manuals, later finding greater satisfaction in more creative writing. In Australia he was a regular contributor to radio and wrote a weekly newspaper column. His first book, “Raising Fen Tigers,” is a tongue in cheek look at growing up in a Fenland village. (Littleport). “I Will Find You” is his first novel. He now lives in Cambridge with his wife, Elisabeth, of 45 years. He had three children but sadly lost one son to whom this book is dedicated.