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The Forgotten Village

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  152 ratings  ·  42 reviews
A timeless story of love and sacrifice, perfect for fans of Rachel Hore, Tracy Rees and Kate Morton.

1943: The world is at war, and the villagers of Tyneham are being asked to make one more sacrifice: to give their homes over to the British army. But on the eve of their departure, a terrible act will cause three of them to disappear forever.

2017: Melissa had hoped a break o
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 4th 2019 by Avon
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Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
Wow, this dual timeline story literally grabbed a hold of me and sucked me in. I was gripped and sitting on the edge of my seat with ever chapter, right to the very end. Thoroughly enjoyable.

It didn't take me long to be drawn into the stories of both Veronica, Anna, Albert & Freddie back in 1943 and that of Guy and Melissa in present day 2017, I was captivated right from the first few chapters. I loved how the story went back and forth from 1943 to present day 2017 which was done so seamles
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*I voluntarily reviewed this book from the Publisher

THE FORGOTTEN VILLAGE by Lorna Cook is an outstanding blend of past and present with characters that really get under your skin until you find yourself on the edge of your seat willing them on.

When Melissa finds herself alone and ignored yet again by her useless boyfriend on their holiday in Dorset, she decides to do some sight-seeing and finds herself at the local village of Tyneham which has a sad and unusual history. Taken over during the wa
I'm a big fan of dual timeline stories and I'm always thrilled to come across them - whether it be historical fiction or mystery thrillers. An unforgettable and emotional read, THE FORGOTTEN VILLAGE had me gripped from the beginning as the stories both in the past and present unfolded piece by piece and had me on the edge of my seat with every page and every chapter. Right up to the very end.

1943: With Britain at war, people are affected in many ways. And the village of Tyneham in Dorset was no
Abby Slater- Fairbrother
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Forgotten Village is the perfect summer read. It really has a little bit of everything to draw the reader in and warm the heart! It is a dual timeline novel split between the modern day and the historical era of 1943. There is a mystery at the core of the title and a brilliant dash of romance! As I type that, I am aware, I am not known to read romance as such. But with The Forgotten Village I was completely taken in, as much as I was when I devoured the entire series of Poldark!

The title ope
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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3.5 stars

** I received an advanced readers copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

The Forgotten Village was a dual-timeline story that took place in 2017 and in 1943 during WWII. With short and easy chapters that alternated between the two time frames, it was a quick book to get through.

In 2017 Melissa visited the town of Tyneham that was open for the first time since it was requi
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Melissa had hoped a holiday in Dorset with her boyfriend Liam might cheer up their relationship. Instead she finds herself twiddling her thumbs whilst Liam goes off surfing! In an attempt to find something interesting to do she ends up in the village of Tyneham. This is the day it is being given back to the people after being requisitioned by the military in 1943. Whilst looking round an exhibition, she is intrigued by a photo of the Lord of the manor. It is the wife who she cannot forget. Lady ...more
Liz Fenwick
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Joanna Park
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really loved reading this fascinating, enthralling book and am excited to have discovered this new author!

I read a lot of books based in world war two but had never heard of Tyneham, The Forgotten Village before so found it utterly fascinating to learn about it. This is actually based on a true story which meant I wasted lots of time looking it up on the internet. The idea that parts of the village are still as they were when the village was evacuated intrigued me and it’s definitely a place I
I am a big fan of dual timeline stories, and always happy to come across such novels.

During 2018 storyline we meet newly single and jobless Melissa who came to Dorset on a romantic summer vacation. The romantic part of the vacation didn't turn out to be as great as she had expected, especially after an awful breakup. However, coming upon a village that was requisitioned during WWII got Melissa's attention. But not the village itself, mostly one specific couple from old photographs.

In 1943 part o
Sally Coles
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When Melissa goes for a romantic break with her boyfriend Liam to Dorset things definitely don't turn out the way she plans! With Liam off surfing all the time she comes across the forgotten village of Tyneham and having seen a picture of Veronica, the lady of the manor, becomes intrigued by her story. Back in 1943 the village was requisitioned by the army just when Veronica was planning to escape, with the help of her maid Anna, from her cruel and abusive husband Bertie......... but what happen ...more
Sandra McKenna
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a compelling story.

I have always been fascinated with the abandoned village of Tyneham in Dorset, and this fantastic story set there was amazingly well researched and so well written.
A dual timeline set in 1943 just prior to the requisition of the village, and in 2018.
Long-held secrets emerge about the occupants of Tyneham House.
I found this to be a very compelling read, and look forward to reading more of Lorna Book's books.
Rachel Burton
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this debut from Lorna Cook - full of history, intrigue, romance and even a dash of humour. I liked that the story focused on real people and their relationships rather than WW2 and the war effort itself which seems almost ubiquitous in this genre right now!

With characters that I could relate too and a wonderful twist in the final pages, this is a perfect debut from a talented new author.
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully written book - actually with the dual timeline, its like two beautifully written books! Both sets of stories work wonderfully, all the characters feel very real and sympathetic and both plots kept my attention. I loved the way the modern and the WW2 period entwined and over-lapped - it seemed very natural/unforced and it was fascinating to learn about the requisition of Tyneham too. Highly recommended, and not just for history lovers.
I can hardly believe that this a debut author. This book is just so beautifully written and expertly paced. I wanted to know how the past and present linked. A brilliant read and an author I will look out for in the future
Joanna Lambert
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jennifer Lynch
Mar 08, 2019 rated it liked it
The Forgotten Village is told in two time periods, the 1940s during WWII and in the present day. In the present, Melissa becomes intrigued by a photo of a lady taken in 1943 just as the village of Tyneham is requisitioned for troops during WWII.
I was disappointed by this book. The requisition of Tyneham was merely a setting for the Standish's and I felt they could have been anywhere. I would have liked to read more about Tyneham and the war effort. The present day characters of Melissa and Guy
Told with two main narrators in two different points in time – the present day Melissa is in Dorset with her boyfriend Liam, enjoying a short holiday – or they would be if Liam wasn’t always somewhere else leaving Melissa to her own devices. Struggling for something to do, as she’s not included in Liam’s stuff – Melissa spots a notice for a grand reopening of a coastal village, requisitioned by the Ministry of Defense in World War II, and despite not being a ‘history’ person – off she goes. The ...more
Jennifer Young
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Over the Bank Holiday weekend I thoroughly enjoyed reading Lorna Cook’s novel The Forgotten Village. The book is set in the village of Tyneham in Dorset, which was requisitioned during the Second World War and the villagers were evicted, never to return, and has a dual timeline.

One story plays out during the last days of Tyneham as the villagers prepare to move out and Lady Veronica looks to seize her only chance to escape from her violent and brutal husband, Sir Bertie — only to be thwarted at
Nicola Smith
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Forgotten Village has the kind of premise that immediately attracts my attention: dual time frame and with a historic point of interest. As I expected, I loved it!

In the modern day story we have Melissa. A pretty young woman, she's holidaying in Dorset with her boyfriend of only a few months, Liam. But Liam is seriously neglecting her, opting to spend his days surfing instead of spending time with Melissa. So she takes herself off to Tyneham for a look around the village which has just been
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019

The Forgotten Village by Lorna Cook is a time slip novel set both in the present day (2017) and during World War 2. Regular readers will know that I absolutely flipping love a historical book and I go crazy for a dual timeline so I was very excited to read The Forgotten Village.

I loved the premise and setting of this novel; Tyneham, a village in Dorset which was requisitioned by the army during the war and the inhabitants forced to leave, expecting to return
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for the opportunity to read this book in return for review based upon my honest opinion.

This book was a fantastic book. It was a dual-timeline story, set in the present and 1943 in the village of Tyneham and surrounding areas. When Melissa’s get away with her boyfriend goes astray she finds her self with lots of time and decides just on chance to check out the reopening of the town of Tyneham that had been requisitioned during wartime and wa
Joanne D'Arcy
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Britain is at war and people are affected in many ways.

No more so than Tyneham in Dorset who have given one sacrifice more than most – giving up their village. The village is going to be handed over to the Army for training and once the war is over the residents will be able to return.

On the night before they are all due to leave, a tragedy strikes and three people suddenly have their lives changed forever, but what became of them and did they return to Tyneham.

Melissa is on holiday in D
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a book in two time periods. In the present we have Melissa who is having possibly her worst ever holiday with boyfriend, Liam. Alone again while he surfs, Melissa ends up at an open day for the lost village of Tyneham. Something strikes a chord with her in one of the pictures and she heads off on a historical hunt to find out the truth ably helped by Guy. In 1943 the village is due to be abandoned to the military and all is not well at the hall.

The theme of forgotten or deserted villages
Joanne Liddement
The village of Tyneham, Dorset, which the British Military requisitioned in 1943, is the central location to this novel. The story jumps to 2017 when a young couple, Guy and Melissa set out to solve the mystery as to what happened to the owners, of the manor house at Tyneham, Sir Albert and Lady Veronica, when they find it impossible to trace any death certificates or in fact, any evidence of their existence after leaving Tyneham. Guy's elderly grandmother,Anna, was Lady Veronica's maid and seem ...more
Paula Sealey
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
An engaging dual timeline story, we follow Lady Veronica and her husband during WW2, and Melissa and tv personality/historian, Guy, in the present day.

Visiting the village of Tyneham that has just been reopened to the public following its requisition by the military during WW2, Melissa becomes fascinated by a photo of Lady Veronica and with the help of Guy, attempts to uncover the truth behind it.

The duality of the story is handled really well, and although I preferred the present day character
Nicola Short
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story is a mystery with lots of interesting history going on. I was drawn into the story as the WWll aspect unfolds with the requisition of the village called Tyneham. Told in duel timeline of 1943 and bring the past and present together, makes this story fascinating.
What an incredible intriguing story this is as you watch it all unfold. So many twists and turns, so much mystery going on. Very well planned out, believable characters that will captivate you right from the first p
Kathleen Gray
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
A dual time line story set in 1943 and 2017 that's more about relationships than WWII. Melissa finds herself in Dorset, having had a bad turn, and is fascinated with the story of Lady Veronica and the village of Tyneham. Tyneham was requisitioned (for want of a better word) during the war but once the war ended, things did not go back into place. Things weren't all rosy during the war, on many fronts. Many of the issues women face in 2017 were these before even if no one acknowledged them. Thank ...more
Mar 23, 2019 rated it liked it
A dual timeline book, which is a genre I enjoy.
This story takes place in the 1940's and today and is tied to a village that was requisitioned for the War effort.
I found myself enjoying both timelines in The Forgotten Village. There was a simple story and I have to say that it was fairly predictable. There was a twist near the end that I had guessed quite a lot earlier in the book. Having said that, it was still a pleasant story to read.

Thanks to NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest rev
Heather Donovan
Thank you Netgalley for providing me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book was not what I expected. As I read the description I knew the village in question was going to be requisitioned for troops during WWII and the villagers had to find other towns to live. But I thought - misguidedly - that there would be more about WWII and the role the village in question played during it. I was sadly mistaken. This book had nothing at all to do with WWII and instead it was what I
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