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A Forgotten Place

(Bess Crawford #10)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  2,965 ratings  ·  435 reviews
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
ebook, epub, 384 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by William Morrow/HarperCollins
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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. ...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.
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
Literary Redhead
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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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. ...more
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
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. ...more
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
Oct 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
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.
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
Teresa “Teri”
I don’t know why, but unlike some of the other reviewers, I liked this Bess Crawford mystery better than some of her other books. Yes, it does take place in one small area, but that’s really part of the story.
I was guessing until the end and was surprised by the ending. There were times I thought it was a bit slow and repetitive- but I think that was part of the story in this one small area that everything takes place.
If you like Bess Crawford, Simon Brandon, etc, then don’t skip this one.
Sense of place unfolded gradually as suspense built over the unnatural actions of this seafront village in Wales. Bess Crawford's reactions to the suspicions of the small minded villagers is admirable in her unwillingness to sit by whilst injustices and violence are perpetrated. A lot of interesting historic detail of people and place is subtly included, adding to the interest in reading.
Well written. Well read.
New historical mystery #10 from the mother/son writing team of Charles Todd.
Kelly Fugate
Suspense written particularly well this time out.
A Forgotten Place
3 Stars

In the aftermath of the Great War, Bess Crawford is assigned to a clinic for amputees and finds herself concerned for a group of Welsh soldiers struggling with the knowledge that there is no place for them at home. Following their release, Bess receives a letter from their captain, Hugh Williams, and traces him to an isolated village on the Welsh coast. Stranded amongst strangers with dark and dangerous secrets, Bess must use all her wits to find answers before it is too
Vannetta Chapman
This was my first Bess Crawford book.

Pros: I love the general story idea (a nurse in WWII and post WWII), and I like the writing team of Charles Todd (a mother/son team). The prose is good, and the characters are well developed.

Cons: This story line didn't work for me. It just seemed so...improbable, and the main character does spend too much time THINKING about what she's going to do. The minor characters aren't fleshed out at all, imo.

That said, I've heard this series is great, so I'll definit
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, charles-todd, arc
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
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
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. ...more
Aug 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Stephanie Pieck
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: braille-fiction
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
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another stellar book by the mother/son team known as Charles Todd was the perfect choice after a really crazy one by Dennis Lehane. World War I is over, but the casualties remain. Bess is working at a hospital and is moved to another one that specializes in amputees. She is pleased to meet a Welsh captain who is recovering from a leg amputation. He was part of a group of young men from Wales. The men who have lost limbs had worked in the mines, something to which they cannot return. One man has ...more
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
In some ways this seemed more like a thriller than a mystery: Bess Crawford has traveled to a remote area of Wales to visit a former patient. Once there, her driver decamps in the middle of the night, leaving Bess abandoned with n0 way to contact her family or anyone else.

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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 (1 - 10 of 12 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)
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  • An Unwilling Accomplice (Bess Crawford, #6)
  • A Pattern of Lies (Bess Crawford, #7)
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