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One family, divided by death – and money Andy Batiste, at loggerheads with his degenerate cousin, seeks to discover the truth of his family history. Why was his pregnant grandmother forced to flee to France? What really happened to her husband during the German Occupation, sixty years ago? Who accused Edmund, the elder son and Batiste heir, of being an informer? Was he reaOne family, divided by death – and money Andy Batiste, at loggerheads with his degenerate cousin, seeks to discover the truth of his family history. Why was his pregnant grandmother forced to flee to France? What really happened to her husband during the German Occupation, sixty years ago? Who accused Edmund, the elder son and Batiste heir, of being an informer? Was he really a traitor – and who murdered him? With Edmund’s brother Harold now head of the family, enjoying the wealth which ought to have come to Andy’s father, the family is forever divided. Andy yearns to clear Edmund’s name and restore his father to his rightful inheritance. Into the conflict comes Charlotte Townsend, newly divorced, lonely and struggling with writer’s block and the consuming threat of impending loss. She returns for healing at Guernsey's natural health centre, La Folie, and becomes involved in Andy’s family affairs. Together they embark on a hunt for the truth… REVIEW "Love overcomes and a painful past is revealed in this poignant romance set on Guernsey" Gilli Allen, Author of Fly or Fall ...

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ISBN : 25728277
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Number of Pages : 297 Pages
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  • Cathy Ryan
    2018-12-13 05:36

    Andy Batiste can’t understand why his grandfather’s brother, Harold, claimed the family inheritance, when by rights it should have passed to his father, Jim. There is a mystery surrounding the death of Edmund, Andy’s grandfather who was believed to be an informer when the island was occupied by the German army during WWII. There has been a state of mutual hostility between the two branches of the family ever since. Andy doesn’t believe the stories and desperately wants to find out the truth so his father can claim what is rightfully his.Charlotte Townsend is returning to the beautiful island of Guernsey and La Folie, the health spa owned by her friend Louisa’s father. Following her father’s death and her mother’s diagnosis, not to mention a severe case of writer’s block, Charlotte feels in need of some restorative treatments. A successful publisher, she inherited the company from her father, and now wants to establish herself as a writer. Through Louisa and her partner, Paul, both therapists at the spa, Charlotte meets Andy and, intrigued by his story, she offers her services as a researcher.Guernsey is a beautiful backdrop to the story, of which some characters are from previous books and some are new. It’s good to have a more complete picture of Charlotte, who first appeared in book three. The family mystery with its historical aspect and Charlotte’s research is very interesting and is the central feature….apart from the location, of course, which is described vividly. Differences in Charlotte’s and Andy’s backgrounds spark difficulties in their relationship, disparate upbringings having left their mark and the emotions expressed are realistic and believable. The threads of events from the Occupation years are brought together in a satisfying conclusion. An enjoyable and easy read.Although this is the fourth book in the series it can be read as a stand alone.

  • Rabid Readers Reviews
    2018-11-18 04:31

    Each book of the Guernsey series stands alone but calls back to previous books. Charlotte appeared in the third book, Guernsey Retreat as a friend of the female main character. Charlotte is blocked creatively when she meets with Andy, hears his story and engages in his obsession offering to help him research to find the truth and clarify a very controversial family history. Adding to the interest is that one family member made a huge windfall off of the supposition of the guilt of another.Allen’s writing style is very graceful. Her descriptions are flowing and visual. The Family Divided is the result of much practice on the part of the author and is well edited and quite polished. The best way to describe the tone of The Family Divided is warm and lovely. For lovers of history and romance alike, The Family Divided will leave you with a broad smile at the end.I adored The Family Divided. If you’re looking for a read for an afternoon of dappled sunshine, there is no perfect book.

  • Jo Barton
    2018-12-01 23:28

    Charlotte Townsend returns to the peace and tranquillity of the health clinic at La Folie, on the beautiful island of Guernsey. She feels that a few days of total rest and recuperation will be just the tonic she needs to recharge her batteries in the wake of her father's death and worry over her mother's ongoing illness. She hopes that it will also give her the time and space she needs to overcome severe writers block. Whilst at La Folie, Charlotte meets up with her friends Louisa and Paul, both health therapists at the clinic, who introduce her to Andy Batiste, whose ongoing family feud over a WW2 inheritance threatens to destroy his family. When Charlotte volunteers to help in researching Andy’s family history, she little realises how much this will impact on her own life.This is the fourth book in the excellent Guernsey series of novels which Anne Allen writes with such fine attention to detail. The island really comes to life and she paints such a vivid picture of both the place and its people that the more you read about them, the more you want to discover. A Family Divided takes some of the characters we have met before in previous books, and weaves them skilfully into the narrative, so that it really is like meeting up with old friends. We first met Charlotte Townsend in the third novel in the series, Guernsey Retreat, so it was nice to have a whole story dedicated to her. The ongoing mystery of the effect that WW2 had on the island adds a nice historical touch and helps to maintain continuity. The mystery at the heart of the novel is well explained, although perhaps better appreciated if you have read the series sequentially as some of the jigsaw pieces of the story will fit better if you have some prior knowledge of what has gone before.Anne Allen has really made this a compelling series of stories. The light and easy style of writing and the way in which the characters come alive in your imagination make this a series I want to see endure for a long time. I am delighted that the ending of The Family Divided lends itself really nicely into a continuation of the story and I really can’t wait to see what happens next.

  • Joanne
    2018-12-12 01:48

    This is the fourth of a series of novels set in Guernsey. I have never been to any of the Channel Islands but feel I have got to know a little about beautiful Guernsey from Anne Allen's wonderful descriptions and would love to visit - especially if I could spend some time at the fabulous La Folie Health Resort!At the heart of this story is a family mystery going back to the time of the German occupation of the island during the Second World War. Andy's grandfather was killed, believed to be an informer, and his inheritance passed to his brother instead. Andy has never believed his grandfather to be a traitor and can't understand why his father won't fight for his rightful inheritance. Charlotte, recently divorced, has come to the island to spend some time with her friend and de-stressing at the health resort. Hit by writers' block, she offers to help research the family mystery.As a keen amateur genealogist, I was very interested in the parts of the story concerning Charlotte's research. I would so loved to have found a document like Andy's grandmother's diary - invaluable! I enjoyed reading about the growing attraction between Andy and Charlotte though both were very nervous of a new relationship. Would the difference in their backgrounds prove too much to overcome?This was an enjoyable read with characters I felt were people I would want to be friends with in real life. I would like to know more about them so I hope there will be a fifth in the Guernsey Novels series. If you like a story with family secrets to be uncovered, beautifully described settings and romance included too then this is a book for you.

  • Jane Hunt
    2018-12-01 04:27

    Jane Hunt Writer First StepsJane Hunt Writer Book Reviews FacebookJane Hunt Writer Book Reviews Google+The catalyst for this story is an incident in World War 2. A death accompanied by malicious rumour divides a family. Charlotte, who we met in 'Guernsey Retreat', makes a welcome return. 'The Family Divided' maintains the mystery and gentle romance, characteristic of this series. This story casts Charlotte in the role of detective as she unravels the secrets and rumour buried in the Batiste's family's past, to help and stay close to her new friend Andy Batiste.Well paced, this story explores the growing relationship between Charlotte and Andy, and lets us glimpse the lives of previously introduced characters, Jeanne, Louise and Malcolm. I liked the disparity between Andy's family and Charlotte's and how it allows both characters to grow and develop. Charlotte's investigation is believable and what she discovers builds to a tense and well resolved ending.If you like your mystery with vivid imagery and sweet romance you will definitely enjoy The Guernsey Novels series. I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.Anne Allen

  • Jane
    2018-12-10 01:52

    The Family Divided (The Guernsey Novels #4) by Anne Allen4 StarsAnne Allen is one of those authors whose writing is like a blanket, it makes you feel cosy, relaxed and warm. Her words are so fluid that you forget you are reading and just go with the flow. When I first began ‘The Guernsey Novels’ I was in awe of her story telling abilities and her imagination, Book two was flawless and in my mind it was the peak of the series. I now feel it’s done, there are only so many out of the ordinary stories I can enjoy surrounding one area, one series.In this instalment we are given a fuller story of a character we met earlier in the series. Charlotte is a writer who is struggling to write and hopes some time on the islands will help clear her mind and the writing block. When she learns of Andy Batiste’s family history and the mystery surrounding his heritage she decides to help him try and uncover the truth about what really happened during the Second World War and how his grandfather was killed. As a stand-alone, The Family Divided is a great all around read, it has suspense romance and mystery and is a perfect for a lazy day around the pool, within the series I find it a little repetitive, not so much as in the story itself but more like, ‘oh here we go again another way out event to befall a Guernsey resident!’Copy supplied for review

  • Nikki Bywater
    2018-12-10 22:39

    Charlotte is a successful publisher and she is trying to work on writing her own novel for the first time. When she is hit by writers block and feels too ashamed to ask for help from the many authors she knows, fearing it makes her look like a failure, she heads from her London base to the island of Guernsey to see friend Louisa and to stay at the beautiful and spiritual natural health centre on the island to relax and recharge to get her in the right frame of mind so she can continue writing.What started off as a short-break soon changes when she helps out a well known author on the island with some research. Charlotte soon finds out a family injustice has been done and she becomes emotionally involved and keen to solve the mystery of a families secrets. She gets particular close to Andy who believes his family have been cheated out of their rightful inheritance.Will she find the answers to help heal a family torn apart from years of feuding? I really enjoyed this story. This is the first book I have read out of the Guernsey novels and I would read more. When you get to the end of the chapters you cannot help but read on due to the clever way author Anne Allen leaves you in suspense and wanting to read on to see what happens next.

  • Bodicia
    2018-12-17 02:32

    Charlotte Townsend heads for La Folie to get some much needed 'me' time after coming out of a divorce. Keeping her mind firmly off the male population she settles down to enjoying her surroundings but fate has other ideas. When Andy Batiste needs a replacement researcher she offers her services thinking the distraction will keep her busy but she also finds herself intrigued at finding out the truth of Andy's family and their lives in the occupation. As she digs deeper, she realises that all is not what it seems.I can't deny it - I love Anne Allen's books set in Guernsey. This fourth installment didn't disappoint. The whole book is warm and inviting but the second half in particular had me glued to the turn of my Kindle page and this is where it really took off for me as I found myself wanting justice to be done. Anne delivers well rounded characters which I could relate to and makes Guernsey and the surrounding isles seem more and more inviting whenever I read one of her books. There is a good element of suspense too so I am not going to write more than this - no plot spoilers!This is a great holiday read even if the furthest you get this year is the back garden ;-)

  • Karen's World
    2018-12-08 01:49

    I loved this book from the very first page, the characters are great and you can feel their pain. I would of liked a bit more description about the places in Guernsey as they sounded nice but couldn't quite picture them. Great little holiday read as its a happy story. I really did not like the ending though, in fact I kept looking thinking I had missed a page as it just stopped. It could of gone on and tied up all the loose ends, which is what I prefer in a story but at least there can be another follow on book. I don't think it's a bad thing as some people like a story to finish like this, it's what ever you prefer. I enjoyed the story.

  • Pat
    2018-12-05 05:30

    Another exciting trip to the beautiful island of Guernsey, with romance and a mystery from the Nazi occupation. Full review to follow....

  • Jeri Walker
    2018-12-04 03:42

    I typically don't read many series, but due to the author's ability to bring Guernsey to life, I continue to be drawn to her books and the cast of characters that inhabit the island. Andy's search for his family's truth via Charlotte's assistance makes for a good read with the right mix of mystery and romance.

  • Adele
    2018-11-23 02:53

    This is the first book by Anne Allen that I’ve had the pleasure to read. The Family Divided is book 4 in The Guernsey Novels. A series of contemporary romance mystery novels set on the beautiful island of Guernsey. Each book is a standalone but characters do appear from one book to another.As this was my first encounter reading The Guernsey Novels I read The Family Divided with fresh eyes and treated it as a standalone. It did take me a little while to understand all the characters, I felt like I’d missed out on some of their history, however it didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the book as the characterisation was well written along with the storyline and I was soon hooked! It did help that I was swept away by the location. I’ve never been to Guernsey and it’s not crossed my mind to visit but with Anne’s description of this beautiful, idyllic island with it’s rugged coastline, beautiful countryside and almost cosmopolitan towns I now want to visit this area.This story was wrapped around a 70 year old mystery surrounding the sudden death of Edmund, Andy Batiste’s late grandfather. This fatality was shrouded in mystery and secrets, rumours of a WWII espionage upset the family which later resulted in a division with the family and it’s inheritance. Andy is desperate to find the truth and when publisher and aspiring author, Charlotte Townsend, visits the island to see friends and for a well deserved respite at the natural healing centre the chance of helping Andy with his research into his family’s history is too good an offer to refuse.Charlotte is suffering with writer’s block so the research for Andy is giving her a much needed distraction. Charlotte also has worries regarding her mother’s health and her relationship with her mother has been difficult at times. The closer Andy and Charlotte work together the more they start to appreciate each other. They both have been hurt in the past with broken relationships so are reluctant to pursue a new relationship but romance soon blossoms. However, obstacles for the fledgling couple cause a few headaches along the way.I enjoyed this story of romance, mystery, intrigue, history of a time not to be forgotten. When it ended I was hoping for an epilogue as I wanted to know what happened next but book 5 in the series, Echoes of Time, will hopefully see some of the characters I’ve learned to love pop up. A romantic, mystery with secrets spanning over 70 years set on the beautiful, idyllic island of Guernsey. 4/5*

  • Tripfiction
    2018-11-30 22:45

    Novel set in Guernsey (Romance and Relationship Rifts)Charlotte suffering from writer’s block, and her recent divorce, returns to La Folie retreat for some inner healing, and finds herself helping others with their troubles.Whilst at La Folie Charlotte meets Andy, who she describes as “rather delicious“, and offers to help him research a family rift that started back in the time of the German occupation. Is romance on the cards or will this be purely a business relationship? Meanwhile she helps her friend Louisa who has relationship problems, and tries to solve her own problems with her mother.Based in Guernsey this is the 4th book in the series (and the first that I have read). Although the first few chapters refer to things that (presumably) happened in earlier books, this is cleverly done so that new readers catch up and those following the series don’t get bored. The book gently moves through the plot, with a few cliff hanger chapter endings. The ending is cleverly done bringing together all the threads of the story. No violence or bad language and very mild sex scenes, with an easy to read style.For the tourist, the book is full of references to restaurants, so do keep a note of them as they include wonderful details of the names, locations and reasons for visiting ie: seafood restaurant, stunning views etc. In addition there are a few walks around the coast referred to, and various other things to do and see in St Peter Port and other locations on the island. In addition there is a brief visit to the nearby island of Herm described.Whilst I am certain that this will be a popular book for the author’s fans, for me it was lacking in action with too much chatty dialogue and inconsequential detail included. Sadly there was little depth of information about the Occupation. On a positive note, the chapters are short and the print and paper used in my paperback version are lovely – really enhancing the reading experience. For me the writing style is similar to that of Nora Roberts – so if you love her, this series may be a great read for you.

  • Helen Baggott
    2018-12-16 22:41

    I've now read all four of Anne Allen's 'Guernsey Novels' and each one has delivered a very fine read that doesn't disappoint.Although part of a series, this book can be read without any prior knowledge. It's a complete story set in the beautiful island of Guernsey and there are no spoilers to prevent the reader from skipping from this one back to the beginning.With the backdrop of a natural health centre, I relaxed into this latest book, reacquainting myself with characters I'd met in the earlier books - and meeting some new ones.A family divided, but why? There's more to this novel than 'contemporary romance', there's also an interesting slice of history.

  • Nikki Brown
    2018-11-26 02:52

    i could not put this book down and read it in 2 sittings...fabulous story and her best by far... really interesting story with history about the island too...it did finish a bit quickly and i would have liked to have another chapter or 2 completing the whole story of charlotte but who knows.,maybe the next one will do that. ..

  • Wendy M
    2018-12-05 00:26

    the island imagery is amazing. the history weaves amongst the modern love story. it makes me yearn to be in Guernsey again (with money to be able to settle there. time to buy a lottery ticket! glad book five has arrived from Amazon today. Happy reading.

  • Tracy Beth
    2018-11-25 22:29

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