The Dandelion Clock by Rebecca Bryn

Families torn apart by the Great War. When war is declared in August 1914, Bill, a farm boy brought up in a village on the Duke of Buccleuch’s Northamptonshire estate, is plucking up his courage to ask his sweetheart, Florrie, to marry him. Florrie has given up her dream of being a dancer to bring up her siblings and protect them from their violent and abusive widowed father. For her, marriage to Bill is love, escape, and protection: a dream to be clung to. But Bill and Florrie’s dreams are dashed – Bill is sent with the Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars, a yeomanry cavalry regiment, to fight in Gallipoli, Egypt, and Palestine taking with him a horse, Copper, volunteered for service by the 7th Duke’s young daughter, Lady Alice. Bill makes promises before he leaves: to marry Florrie if he survives and to bring his beloved warhorse home safe to Lady Alice.

While Bill fights Turks and Germans in appalling conditions, Florrie, a strong female, fights her own war with rationing, poverty, the loss of her menfolk, and her father’s drunken temper. As WW1 proceeds, fearful and with her resilience faltering, her feelings of self-worth plummet, and she turns to her dandelion clocks for reassurance. ‘He lives? He lives not? He loves me? He loves me not?’

When Bill returns to England six months after the armistice in November 1918, both he and Florrie have been changed by their personal journeys. Has their love survived wartime romances, five years apart, and the tragedies they’ve endured? Can Bill keep his promises to Florrie and Lady Alice?

A heartbreaking story of lovers torn apart by the Great War. An insight into the military history of the 1914 1918 war as fought by the Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars and the Queen’s Own Worcestershire Yeomanry – some of the ‘PALS brigades’. At first thought, ‘not real soldiers’ by the regular army, the Royal Bucks and the Worcester Yeomanry fought with great courage and suffered huge losses. In fact, the Worcesters sustained more losses than any brigade in any war, and the PALS earnt the respect of all those who fought with them. Although Military Fiction, it is a story inspired by real people and based on real events that doesn’t forget the role of women in the Great War or their need for a wartime romance – love where they could find it.

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Rebecca Bryn


Rebecca lives near Britain’s smallest city, St Davids, in the far west of Wales with her rescue dog, rescue husband and twenty very sheepish sheep. Surrounded by stunning coastal and moorland scenery, she also loves to paint. She inherited her love of stories from her grandfather, who told stories with his hands: stories with colourful characters and unexpected endings. Her fascination with what makes people who they are, and the belief that life is many shades of grey, informs her writing.

Her first novel, The Silence of the Stones, set in mystical West Wales, is woven around injustice, perjury and revenge and delves into the damaged psyche.

Her second novel, Touching the Wire, a story of the women of the holocaust, was awarded ‘Best Historical Thriller of 2015’ by Christoph Fischer, a respected histfic author.

Her third novel, Where Hope Dares, is a chilling story of the fight of good over evil, courage and unbreakable love, and is set in a future our present is unerringly shaping. It was voted into the ‘Read Freely Top 50 Indie Books of 2015.’

A fourth novel, On Different Shores, is set in the 1840s and is inspired by the true story of the ‘black sheep’ of her family who were transported to Van Diemen’s Land for murdering one of Lord Northampton’s gamekeepers. it is Book One of three of the series ‘For Their Country’s Good’.
Book Two, Beneath Strange Stars, chronicles Jem and Ella’s voyages to the colonies and Ella’s cntinuing efforts to reach her lover.
Book Three, On Common Ground, takes Ella further from Jem as she is forced to put herself forward for marriage to save her son. Will the ill-fated lovers ever cross paths again?

The Dandelion Clock, inspired by real events, is set in Gallipoli, Egypt, Palestine, and England. Two lovers torn apart by the Great War 1914-1918. While Bill and his beloved warhorse, Copper, fight the Central Powers in North Africa, Florrie fights her own war at home, struggling to bring up her siblings with her abusive father, poverty, and rationing. Can Bill keep his promises to bring Copper home and marry Florrie. Can their love survive the changes the war and five years apart bring?

A Native American Indian proverb reads, ‘Don’t judge a man until you have walked two moons in his moccasins.’ Rebecca has based her life on this tenet: it is certainly core to her writing. ‘We may not condone what a person does, but sometimes we can understand and maybe come to forgive.’
Rebecca’s own motto is ‘The only thing written in stone is your epitaph.’ If you have a dream, follow it!

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