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Lady Ruth Bromfield by Gordon Smith

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Lady Ruth Bromfield: She escaped Nazi Persecution as a child, and then grew to become an inspirational leader is a historical fiction/inspirational/romance novel by Gordon Smith.

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1935. Hitler’s Nazi’s are firmly in control in Germany and the persecution of the Jews has begun in earnest. In this desperate time of uncertainty an unmarried Jewish woman gives birth to a daughter, whom she names Ruth.
But as the clouds of war gather, and it seems that Europe will once more be engulfed in conflict, Ruth’s mother makes the heart-wrenching decision to send her to safety on one of the ‘Kindertransport’ trains.
Arriving in England, Ruth is housed with a priest who raises her in the Christian faith, but also recognises her Jewish ancestry and so employs help to also raise her according to Jewish traditions.
It soon becomes apparent that Ruth is a very special child and has the ability to build bridges between people of different backgrounds, even at an early age.
From Nazi Germany to England and then to Australia, Ruth overcomes religious and ethnic intolerance and becomes an engineer on the Snowy Mountain Hydroelectric Project, defying all the odds.
It is a story of overcoming the brutality of life, of chasing your dreams and of bringing people together. But above all it is a story of hope.




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author Gordon smith pictureRuth is the young daughter of an unmarried Jewish mother in Germany. Fearing for Ruth’s safety, her mother arranges for the “kinder transport” to take Ruth to England to be raised by an English Priest. Ruth’s mother is shot by the Gestapo just after handing Ruth to the Priest.Complying with Ruth Mother’s request, Ruth is raised as both a Christian and a Jew.

We follow this young child’s world during the time that England is constantly under attack. As she grows into womanhood, she builds confidence between various groups and gains respect from all quarters, even though she is still only a child.

After peace comes, she finishes school and then on to study engineering at university.

Her career takes her to Australia to work on the Snowy River Hydro Electric project where she meets her future husband. They return to England and marry, but the marriage is short-lived, so Ruth finds employment with an Engineering Company in Australia. Shortly after meeting and marrying her new husband, Ruth is catapulted into the upper management of the multinational company where she introduces major reforms.

The company she becomes president of actually belongs to Ruths Family and the profits are all used to run a charitable trust.

In her dual role, she is able to develop a massive project over several countries that will raise the standard of living for millions of starving downtrodden families. She also develops a simple but effective program to eliminate ethnic and religious divisions.
Lady Ruth Bromfield is a truly inspirational story.

(Gordon Smith, April 2017)

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The Ministry Communications Unit by Gordon Smith

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The Ministry Communications Unit: It didn’t happen, but it could have! is a historical fiction/romance /adventure novel by Gordon Smith.

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Prior to the Second World War, Japan and Australia had been successful trading partners, but after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbour, Australia was soon at war with Japan. Various attacks by Japan soon followed and the citizens of Australia became afraid and were ready to bolt inland from the coastal regions. In 1942, General McArthur set up his headquarters for the Pacific in Brisbane and, as a result, the city needed a civilian population to ensure the smooth operation of its essential services. Due to its proximity to the Pacific battlefronts, it was a crucial geographic point for resupplying troops in battle – from both sides of the war. A plan was soon hatched to make newsreel films and articles that would not only reassure Australia’s civilians that they would be safe from Japanese threat, but, at the same time, they would also be leaked to the Japanese in an effort to convince them that Brisbane was too difficult a city to invade. The Ministry Communications Unit chronicles the creation and development of the special public relations unit that created those movies and articles.

It is also about adventure, romance, glory and also personal sacrifice. The Ministry Communications unit, tells the tale of how the unit developed along with the interactions of people causing interest and romances to begin. But nothing in the path of love can run smoothly and as the young men and women become romantically involved they then become shocked by the horrific hospital boat sinking.



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author Gordon smith pictureThe Ministry Communications Unit was a fictional unit of the Australian defence force during World War 2. Although it may have been fictional, it could possibly be real.

The story is one about the men and women who were in this unit and the work they undertook. They were to make newsreel shorts to be shown to the population to give confidence that an invasion by the Japanese would be too difficult and therefore no invasion would take place.

Romanced developed between some of the unit’s members and you will be taken into their intimate thoughts.

When a Japanese submarine sinks the hospital ship Centaur, just off the Caloundra Coast everyone in unit realises that war is very close.

The husband of a team member goes missing when the flight from England crashes in the Indian Ocean. She then throws herself into new tasks and gains many accolades both as an interviewer as well as a person.
After the war is over the unit disbands, but are employed by a major Hollywood studio to make movies in Australia.

This story has it all! Adventure, Romance, Weddings, and intrigue. There is even an unexpected battle scene.

Although a work of historical fiction, The Ministry Communications Unit is a very successful story. The plot is well conceived, the characters’ actions seem fitting for the time, and the background of the war provides an easily reachable and acceptable scenario for this story.

(Gordon Smith, April 2017)

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Scars from the Past by Derek Birks

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Scars from the Past is a historical fiction novel by Derek Birks.

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An unwelcome legacy. An impossible love. A relentless enemy.

By 1481, England has been free from civil war for ten years.
The Elder family have found a fragile peace after their part in the bloody struggle for the throne, yet scars from the past remain with them all.

Given time, they might heal, but when did the Elders ever have enough time? Close to home, in Ludlow, trouble is stirring.

Born out of the carnage of the Wars of the Roses, young John Elder is now the heir to his father’s legacy, but he finds it a poisonous one. Driven from the woman he loves, John abandons his legacy and flees the country to become a mercenary in Flanders.

In his absence, the other members of the Elder family must face a ruthless outlaw family. When the young heir to the throne, Edward, Prince of Wales, is caught up in their bitter struggle, his very life hangs in the balance.

To save a prince, all other lives must be put at risk, but only if the Elders can leave the scars of the past behind them, is there any hope of survival.




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Scars From The Past is the first in a new Wars of the Roses series featuring the adventures of the Elder family. This new series begins in 1481, ten years after the end of The Last Shroud.

There are a few familiar characters but the central characters, for the most part, are the next generation of Elders. As always, their retainers play key roles and no more so than on this occasion where the core of the book revolves around a tangled love story between John Elder, son of Ned Elder, and Lizzie Holton, the daughter of Ned’s steward.

The style and substance of the book continues that of the previous series, Rebels and Brothers. There is plenty of action for readers who like it, but also there is the underlying theme – as the title suggests – of a family that has been eviscerated by its misfortunes during the wars and is still trying to find its way.

The action is centred in Ludlow where the heir to the throne, Prince Edward, has his household. When this boy of only 12 years of age becomes embroiled in the troubles of the Elder family, it elevates their local struggle against a vicious criminal gang into an affair of state. Very soon the town of Ludlow, sodden from the appallingly wet autumn and winter of 1482, becomes a battlefield.

(Derek Birks, March 2017)

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