A Crowded Heart (Turnstiles #2, a prequel)

A Crowded Heart (Turnstiles #2, a prequel)

Andrea McKenzie Raine / Aug 03, 2020
A Crowded Heart Turnstiles a prequel Willis Hancocks is a bright ambitious young man who wants to break out of his small town existence and make a difference in the world When WWII breaks out he rushes to enlist despite his parents di
  • Title: A Crowded Heart (Turnstiles #2, a prequel)
  • Author: Andrea McKenzie Raine
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  • Page: 425
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  • Willis Hancocks is a bright, ambitious young man who wants to break out of his small town existence and make a difference in the world When WWII breaks out, he rushes to enlist, despite his parents disapproval As the world falls apart, Willis finds a way to forge through and finds solace in an incomparable friendship and a surprising, brief encounter with a love that taWillis Hancocks is a bright, ambitious young man who wants to break out of his small town existence and make a difference in the world When WWII breaks out, he rushes to enlist, despite his parents disapproval As the world falls apart, Willis finds a way to forge through and finds solace in an incomparable friendship and a surprising, brief encounter with a love that takes hold and eventually threatens to jeopardize the life he strives to build while battling his post war demons While Willis is set on building a new world for himself with a single minded goal for personal success a lucrative, purposeful, easy lifestyle obstacles are continuously thrown in his path, and he must embrace, overcome, or dodge them entirely In the course of the choices he makes, and the destiny that is chosen for him, he unwittingly drags the people who are closest to him down into the darkness.
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    About "Andrea McKenzie Raine"

      • Andrea McKenzie Raine

        Andrea McKenzie Raine was born in Smithers, BC and grew up in Victoria, BC where she still resides She was enrolled in the Creative Writing program and earned a B.A in English Literature at the University of Victoria in 2000, and completed a post degree Public Relations certificate program She has attended the successful Planet Earth Poetry reading series formerly known as Mocambopo in Victoria, BC since 1997, and participated in the Glenairley writing retreats led by Canadian poet and novelist Patrick Lane in Sooke, BC In 2005, she published her first book of poetry, titled A Mother s String, through Ekstasis Editions Her poetry has also appeared in Mocambo Nights, Canadian Literature journal, Quills, Borderlines anthology Ascent Aspirations magazine , Tempus anthology Rubicon Press , Poems from Planet Earth Leaf Press , Tongues of Fire anthology, and several Glenairley chapbooks edited by Patrick Lane Leaf Press She has also written book reviews and articles for local magazines, celebrating the work of her peers She lives with her husband and two young sons and, by day, is employed as a correspondence writer for the provincial government Turnstiles is her debut novel published by Inkwater Press She also published her second novel, A Crowded Heart, through Inkwater Press, which is a prequel to Turnstiles.


    1. A CROWDED HEART is a beautifully crafted novel about how the war experience affects not just those on the battlefield, but their family and loves ones, as well The story is about Willis Hancocks, Jr a young Canadian Regiment soldier in World II, his struggles as a husband and father following his post war military service The characters are well defined, the writing perfect For example, the time that Willis spends with his father after his mother s death is written with great clarity and underst [...]

    2. Short Listed by Chanticleer Reviews chantireviews 2017 02tableofhonor product a croKirkus Review May 26, 2016 A soldier struggles to come to terms with the psychological impact of war in this historical novel kirkusreviews book re5 stars Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers FavoriteWillis Hancocks is not the type of person who can serenely embrace a mediocre lifestyle and his town seems too small for him With big dreams and strung up with a firm determination to succeed, he joins the army at th [...]

    3. Having deliberated left the final third of the book to finish in one sitting, I am pleased to have read the final page and review this novel.At times, I was frustrated by the superficial approach this story took about a couple who married during the war and whom we re visit in difficult times as they try to keep their marriage going.It was a different time and marriage was viewed as a life s commitment but this piece throws up some insights about how couples made the best of things Perhaps also [...]

    4. Willis Hancocks survives fighting in Western Europe during World War II but faces continuing battles of the mind at war s end in Andrea McKenzie Raine s poignant study of the plight of the former soldier in her historical novel, A Crowded Heart.Willis decides to remain in London rather than return to his native Canada where his parents and sister live near Vancouver Eager to put the war behind him, he marries Ellie, an intelligent young woman who has studied art at Cambridge University Her afflu [...]

    5. It s all about character, and it must be good because I wanted to get my hands on the protagonist and give him a swift kick But things are not always what they seem, as is so in real life Now I need to read the next book.

    6. This book kind of touched home for me My husband being a veteran and serving time in Iraq I get where and how Ellie felt I get how Willis didn t want to share his service time with Ellie It s not a pretty picture to share This was PTSD at it s finest Willis did put Ellie through the ringer though, right along with his family as well I to left for the service and never looked back However I did try to keep in touch with them Willis never tried, he was fighting his own demons What did they call it [...]

    7. The weight of war lasts long after the fighting has stopped and for men like Willis, a Canadian soldier who willfully volunteered, the grisly scenes endured during World War II would forever be a burden for not only him, but to those close to him as well Drowning his post traumatic stress disorder behind a bottle, Willis can t come to terms with talking about his experiences, even with the ones closest to him, spiraling him into a vicious cycle of financial dependency and condemning behaviors, e [...]

    8. As soon as I read the first page, I was hooked The story starts out in a hospital where we are introduced to a soldier in WW II The novel follows his life in and out of the military and the depth of writing gives the events that happen to him real substance I rooted for him and cried with him especially when he read a certain letter Andrea takes you on such an intense emotion ride you will find yourself wanting .

    9. Thank You, Andrea McKenzie Raine for sharing this book with me I won it on and also thank you for the bookmarks I so enjoyed this book, in fact I read it in two days wishing it was a bit longer I simply loved the ending Things were so much different back then but I loved the fact you let your imagination work on this story No cursing, no violence or descriptive sex A book everyone can read Thank you for contributing to the wonderful world of reading

    10. I just finished this book and I was extremely impressed with Raine s ability to capture the despair of depression and how it affects a marriage I have not served nor been romantically involved with anyone who has but as a sufferer of major depression I empathize with both Willis and Ellie I felt like each of them was representative of me at one point or another Sometimes, however, I felt like there was something missing from both of the character s exposition Something just out of reach though I [...]

    11. Set in post WWII London, this is the story of one man s struggle to return to a normal life after the atrocities of war While the main character seems to be a deeply flawed person, he s written in a way that a still found myself rooting for him, hoping he d make better choices and finally find happiness I found the ending a tad abrupt, but I understand this book is a prequel to another book thay I have, as of yet, not read I will say if the goal of this book was to make you want to read the orig [...]

    12. Oh my gosh,a really great book I didn t want it to end,but all books must come to a close at some point.Luckily,this is a prequel and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series This is a love story of sorts,but an unconventional one It is closer to what happens in real life ,not a fantastical unrelatable story I felt so drawn to the characters and the twists and turns in their lives.Andrea McKenzie Raine is my new favorite author

    13. I was hesitant to read this I m not much for historical romance But this was very well written I enjoyed it It was also very sad Needed tissues by the end This author is phenomenal.

    14. A Crowded heart is such an inspirational I felt every pain, sorrow joy It is not how many times we fail that we should be concerned of, but it is how we accept our failures do our best to overcome them, that is important I have become thankful for where I am what I have right now Thankful to GOD most especially Follow your dreams be ready to pay the price.

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