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A Forgotten Place

(Bess Crawford #10)

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Though the Great War has ended, Bess Crawford finds herself caught in deadly circumstances on a remote Welsh headland in this tenth entry from the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author.

The fighting has ended, the Armistice signed, but the war has left wounds that are still agonizingly raw. Battlefield Nurse Bess Crawford has been assigned to a clinic for amputees, an
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ebook, epub, 368 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by William Morrow/HarperCollins
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I've read almost all the books in the Bess Crawford series and it's always with nice to get a new book in my hands. In A FORGOTTEN PLACE by Charles Todd, one would think now that the Great War is over that life would be easier for Bess. That her work as a nurse would be less demanding. However, there are still a lot of wounded soldiers, many of whom have lost limbs. In this book, Bess is worried about her Welsh patients. Their spirits seem to be broken. With the loss of limbs, they have no job ...more
Heather
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
I found this entry in the series very hard to get through. Much of the plot was boring & repetitive - with Bess stuck for days at a time in Rachel's house and her constant refrain of What is going on in this village?. It was realistic, perhaps, but not very exciting to read about. I was glad things got more adventurous once Simon appeared on the scene. But I didn't feel that this installment was nearly as good as the previous novels.
Kathy
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I like reading series, and I have read all of the books from this duo over the years. It is similar to visiting old friends though not every visit can be equally rewarding. The Great War has come to a close, but there are amputees to care for in various clinics as Bess continues her work as a Sister. Here she becomes invested in the fate of a group of Welsh soldiers and takes her well deserved leave into the windswept shores of the Gower Peninsula. First stop is a mining village where she discov ...more
LJ
First Sentence: The war had ended, but not the suffering.

The war is officially over, and WWI field nurse Bess Crawford has been reassigned to a clinic in England for amputee soldiers. After the suicide of one of her patients, Bess takes advantage of her 10-day leave, traveling to Wales to check on several of her Welsh patients, one about whom she is particularly concerned. Deserted by her driver in a very small hamlet, Bess finds herself trapped in a place where she's not wanted but has no way t
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Staci
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
WWI has ended, but Bess' role as a nurse has not. I loved the sobering realism created in this novel about what it was like for soldiers with severe injuries and/or amputations. How would their families receive them? How would they support their families?

In A Forgotten Place Bess is particularly attached to a group of Welsch soldiers that come from a mining town. The idea of a soldier returning to a town where mining is the primary occupation with an amputation is especially daunting.

The mystery
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Charlene
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this; best of the Crawford series so far. One of the things I most appreciate in the Ian Rutledge series is their strong sense of place, they are usually set in a very distinct place in Britain, one with its own landscape, culture and history. This hasn't been true before of the Bess Crawford series but definitely is with this novel . . . the Great War is over and while the first few pages are set in a France hospital, soon Bess finds herself serving as a rehab nurse in Britain. W ...more
Betty
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, e-books, charles-todd
I have longer fan of the Bess Crawford series and the tenth book did not disappoint. The war was over and Bess is assign to an amputee ward. Where she met Captain Hugh and his men. They all had missing legs or arms as they had been ambushed in the last few days of the war. It wipe out most of the men in platoon. Bess becomes found the men who were from Welch and work in the cold mines.They can no longer work in the mines and there is no other jobs for them. Bess on a ten day furlough travels to ...more
Charlene
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this; best of the Crawford series so far. One of the things I most appreciate in the Ian Rutledge series is their strong sense of place, they are usually set in a very distinct place in Britain, one with its own landscape, culture and history. This hasn't been true before of the Bess Crawford series but definitely is with this novel . . . the Great War is over and while the first few pages are set in a France hospital, soon Bess finds herself serving as a rehab nurse in Britain. W ...more
Rene
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Was looking forward to the new Bess Crawford book, but I was really disappointed. It was like watching paint dry, so --dare I say it--boring. There, I said it, and I'm amazed myself as I have loved all the prior books, but they actually had an interesting story, which IMO this one didn't. It picked up at about 60% when Simon arrived, and the ending had some spark to it. But overall this is a big miss for me.
Jen
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's so exciting to come back from vacation and find a book in the mail, just waiting for you! Especially a pre release book! I really enjoyed the story, the series has moved beyond WWI now so we'll see how the authors continue to build Bess' life. I liked the descriptions of the small Welsh villages. The mystery was good, it didn't do what I expected. I would love to see more between Bess and Simon.
Elspeth
Aug 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
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Maxine
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
WWI has ended and Nurse Bess Crawford is back home in England tending to the many wounded vets. Not long after a group of men from a small mining town in Wales are released, she receives a letter from their commanding officer who is from the same town. Captain Williams is worried about them. They were all too injured to return to their former jobs in the mine and they seem to be suffering from severe depression - already some have committed suicide. He asks her to come and check up on them but w ...more
Nancy
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Forgotten Place (HarperCollins, digital galley) is a truly memorable installment of Charles Todd's series about spirited British nursing sister Bess Crawford. World War I may be over, but many soldiers are still reliving the horrors of the trenches, including the Welsh vets Bess first meets at a hospital in France. Once hardworking miners, the amputees face such a bleak peacetime future that they prefer death. Hoping to help avert more suicides, Bess uses leave to check up on Capt. Hugh Willia ...more
Debbie Maskus
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Bess Crawford series by Charles Todd transports me to wild, vibrant Wales and to a time after WWI when the world attempts to recover from the horrors of war. The Welsh men that have survived the trenches, but have lost a limb, must attempt to return to a job and family. A Forgotten Place depicts the suffering and despair of these returning veterans. The description of the men elicits a grim picture of the war’s aftermath, with most of the men committing suicide rather than becoming a burden ...more
Mary  (Biblophile)
Compared to the other Bess Crawford books this one was a big disappointment. Nothing really happens until Simon arrives well over halfway through the book. Bess interferes in a situation that was none of her business, worrying her family, neglecting the clinic, and putting herself in unnecessary danger. Most of the characters were totally unlikable. Big parts of the story were unrealistic and events went on far too long with a very thin plot. I expected better from these authors.
Monica
Oct 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: giveaways-won
This was very hard to get through and it drug in so many parts. The war has ended and Bess takes a leave to check on amputees. Along the way, she ends up in a mining village where an avalanche happens and one of the soliders commits suicide. She than ends up in a Gothic like village. She gets stranded here for WAY Too Long. I would skip it, unless you are just really invested in the series.
Terri
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Well, I really wondered about the time that Bess heard Hugh in the next room humming (they were upstairs), and when she got downstairs, he came in from outside where he'd been doing something with the lambs. Otherwise, the story could have been told in half the pages and been better.
Bethany
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I always await the next Bess Crawford book with breathless anticipation, wondering if perhaps this book will finally be the one that has some kind of change in relationship between Bess and Simon but alas this book saw no new development and was sadly light on Simon which I never like. Despite that I really liked the book and give it a solid 5 which is high praise indeed especially for it being light on Simon.:)

The 10th installment in the Bess Crawford series takes us to the very dark aftermath
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Joyce
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

I read the paperback edition.

It’s December 1918 and the war is finally over. In France after the war Nurse Bess Crawford is assigned to a hospital looking after men too ill to move back to England. They are all Welshmen, the only survivors of a battle eleven days before the war ended. All are enlisted except for their Captain, Captain Hugh Williams. All worked in the mines, except Williams who was an accountant for the mining company. To a man, they know they can’t work in the mines any l
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Lisa Johnson
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: A Forgotten Place (A Bess Crawford Mystery #10)
Author: Charles Todd
Pages: 357 (ARC)
Year: 2018
Publisher: William Morrow
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Bess Crawford is still working in service to the Queen’s military forces as a nurse. The war is over, but the wounded still need care. They didn’t just miraculously heal once the war ended. She is tasked with caring for a Welsh unit that all had amputations. Most came from the mines in Wales, and with their injuries were not sure how they were
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Stephanie Pieck
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: braille
I loved being able to read this book when it was first released. Anyone who has had to wait for Braille or audio versions of books will certainly know what I mean. The disappointment one feels when it appears that no Braille or audio version is forthcoming is especially keen for authors who write series. I'm just as eager to read the next installment as anyone else.
Bess Crawford is as determined to uncover the truth and see justice done as she was in past books. Concerned for a Welsh Captain and
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Kate Baxter
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Tania Rentz
It's December, 1918. The war has ended. The soldiers who lived through the war are heading home. Many are broken men, having lost limbs to mortars or eyes and lungs to gas. Nurse, Sister Bess Crawford, is concerned for the men of the Welsh unit that had recently left her care. While on leave, she seeks them out only to find that many could not endure their brokenness. She finds amputee, Captain Hugh Williams, recovering on the far remote end of the Gower Peninsula in the care of his brother's wi ...more
Jennifer
Received through FirstReads...
I found this to be an engaging book from about the third page in. It's set in one of my favorite time periods, and that was brought to life quite well. I thought the author had a way of making you feel the atmosphere without resorting to overly wordy descriptions. In just the first chapter the stark, hopeless atmosphere of the hospital was easy to feel, and also to picture. Many authors can create a feeling or a vision, but not a lot can do both, so that was nice. I
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Deb
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
WWI is over, and Bess Crawford is home. She's still tending patients who have survived the war but at great physical and emotional cost. Her attachment to one set of patients puts her life in danger as she tries to support them. I really enjoyed this book despite the fact that it's somewhat depressing. The authors created a great atmosphere to go along with the plot too.
Susan Lindemulder
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Always enjoy this mother/son author. This is part of the Bess Crawford Mystery series, set in England at the end of the Great War. I'm a mystery fan, and this series never disappoints.
Roberta
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the best ones in the series.
Hapzydeco
Oct 07, 2018 rated it liked it
This tenth story in the Bess Crawford series takes place in December 1918 on an isolated peninsula in South Wales. Written in Charles Todd's superlative style, this edition to the Bess Crawford mysteries will capture the reader’s imagination.
Stephen
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Armistice has been signed, the fighting has stopped and WWI is coming to an end. But the work for Bess Crawford is not over and in some ways it is just starting. The soldiers she is caring for are all victims , who have lost arms or legs or both. The company she is working with are from Wales where the main occupation is in the mines. All of her patients can't shake their depression because they will be unable to return to their jobs in the mines. Bess works closely with Captain Hugh William ...more
Marlene
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

This tenth story in the Bess Crawford series takes place in December 1918. The war is over, but the peace hasn’t really begun. The fighting officially ended at 11:11 am on November 11, 1918 with the signing of the Armistice. This is the day we now celebrate as Veterans Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in the U.K and the Commonwealth.

Bess Crawford served as a combat nurse during the war. Her service has not yet ended. While a significant part of a generat
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Christine
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have to admit that I am addicted to Charles Todd mysteries, first to all the ones about Inspector Ian Rutledge, but also to the writing team’s second series featuring nurse Bess Crawford. The latest of the Bess Crawford mysteries, “A Forgotten Place” was published the other day and Amazon duly sent it out to me immediately. It stayed on my desk for a few days as I was finishing another novel about WWI (both the Todd series start in WWI or just after). Today was my first free day, so I thought ...more
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Charles Todd is the pen name used by the mother-and-son writing team, Caroline Todd and Charles Todd. Together they write the Ian Rutledge and Bess Crawford Series. They have published two standalone mystery novels and many short stories.

Other books in the series

Bess Crawford (10 books)
  • A Duty to the Dead (Bess Crawford, #1)
  • An Impartial Witness (Bess Crawford, #2)
  • A Bitter Truth (Bess Crawford, #3)
  • An Unmarked Grave (Bess Crawford, #4)
  • A Question of Honor (Bess Crawford, #5)
  • An Unwilling Accomplice (Bess Crawford, #6)
  • A Pattern of Lies (Bess Crawford, #7)
  • The Shattered Tree (Bess Crawford, #8)
  • A Casualty of War (Bess Crawford, #9)