The Trenches shattered his hearing, But the Painting will change him Forever.
In Venice in 1566, Francesco paints a portrait of the woman he loves. In 1916, Edward Jamison returns to England from the trenches of the Western Front. Believing that the most life-changing events are behind him, he soon encounters something profoundly more powerful: the portrait of the painted lady. Partly deaf from his injuries in the trenches, he begins to hear the strangest things.
But Edward Jamison is not the only person who has become a part of these mysterious happenings. From Renaissance Venice to the French Huguenots settling in England to the American Revolution in Virginia and beyond, the painted lady has touched the lives of many.
As Edward searches for clues into the painting’s past, he’s drawn into another mystery, involving a girl with amnesia and the lady of the manor that she works in. All is not as it seems in the quiet English countryside. If Edward is to save himself and all of them, he’ll have to face his biggest fears. But, what if the painting has another plan for him?
Megan Easley-Walsh, PhD History, is an author of historical fiction, a researcher, and a writing consultant and editor at Extra Ink Edits. She is an award-winning writer and has taught college writing in the UNESCO literature city of Dublin, Ireland. She is a dual American and Irish citizen and lives in Ireland with her Irish husband. Megan is a Professional Member of the Irish Writers' Centre, a Full Member of the Irish Writers' Union, a member of the Historical Novel Society, a Full Member of ACES: The Society for Editing, a member of the Irish Association of Professional Historians, and a member of the American Historical Association. Additionally, she was shortlisted for the 2021 Hammond House International Literary Prize in Poetry.
What Edward Heard is a young adult novel with touches of magical realism that tells the story of Edward Jamison, a World War I veteran, whose life is touched and healed by a mysterious painting. Painted hundreds of years before, the portrait has passed through many lives, pieces of which the reader is allowed to share. In each life, the portrait directs, distracts, but ultimately whispers the truth that each, including Edward, needs to hear.
The historical details of the novel are excellent and ground the reader in the various settings. The experimentation with form is creative and clever without being a distraction from the story of the novel.
What Edward Heard is an exciting collection of stories about individuals whose lives are intertwined across time and place. When I read this book, I felt as if I was standing in the trenches of World War I, sailing into London’s harbor and the new world, and delving into other life-altering events within the characters’ lives. As you read this book, be ready to travel across time and location as you live through the events of ordinary people who experience something quite extraordinary.
This Review is from the Author for the Narrator in the Audio book!
Robert Anderson has infused the pages of What Edward Heard with the suspense, heart, and poignancy that Edward's story demands. Traveling through the centuries as the painting journeys from Renaissance Venice to Edward in WWI England has provided Robert with a wealth of opportunities to narrate with a wide range of voices through the various characters.
His French accent in the French-Speaking Swiss chapter is a particular favorite of mine. Whether you love audio books or are new to them, treat yourself to Mr. Anderson's excellent narration. What Edward Heard is available on Audible, Amazon, and Itunes.