Remembrance by Theresa Breslin

Rating: 4 out of 5.

It’s 1915. The first world war has swept through the country, chasing drastic changes into the lives of 5 teenagers in their quiet village in Scotland. First, there is Charlotte, a young woman of fifteen who is in training to become a nurse at her village’s hospital. Then, John Malcolm, a seventeen-year-old itching to join the army. Thirdly is his practical-minded twin sister, Maggie. Then, Francis, Charlotte’s older brother, strictly against war, and Alex, John’s and Maggie’s younger brother who is determined to reach the frontlines. Remembrance by Theresa Breslin is a bitter, sweet recollection of wartime.

I had my doubts about this one, but they were quickly proven wrong. I love a good historical fiction novel, especially WW1 historical fiction novel. I’ve read many that were good…but they weren’t great. Remembrance by Theresa Breslin was great! It was professionally written, published, and was just one heck of a book. It starts with Charlotte and her first signs of a romance with John Malcolm. From the first page, I was certain I knew where this was going. “A book about WW1, starts with a blossoming romance…” you see where this is going, too, huh? Well, think again. I was surprised but pleased with the unpredictable turns in this book. I love the new and more realistic spin Theresa puts in her book.


One thing I especially liked about Remembrance was how Theresa Breslin didn’t focus on one character and storyline. She created 5 characters and knit their stories together. This way you get a better idea of how the war was changing each of their lives along with the life of their nation.


My personal favorite character was Maggie, John Malcolm’s twin sister. I really loved her work-ethic and endurance in life. At the beginning of the book, she was a little bit sour, but that was a facade. I was really able to connect with her on a deeper level. It is those kinds of characters that are the best. In my experience, you can weigh the amount of emotion or thought that the author puts into their book, by looking at the characters. Theresa definitely put a lot of emotion and thought into her’s. So much so that I cried SEVERAL times while reading this book.


In conclusion, I definitely recommend Remembrance by Theresa Breslin to all WW1 & 2 lovers and fans of historical fiction. God bless!

Maybe this is why we read, and why in moments of darkness we return to books: to find words for what we already know.

Alberto Manguel

10 thoughts on “Remembrance by Theresa Breslin”

  1. Hi! I love the way you wrote your thoughts about this book. I would have the same reaction. ‘A WW1 book, a blossoming romance’ and then I’d look for something lighter. But it must be amazing since it surprised you pleasantly! How did she manage to write all 5 characters and focus on all of them equally? I want to find out! I am gonna read it. Thank you for writing such lovely words!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! Beware, it didn’t surprise me pleasantly. Ya know, like not a “happily ever after” pleasant. But, rather, a “wow, its been a long time since I read a book that was so moving!” She really does (I think) focus equally on the characters! I mean, I like that she makes more than one. Ya know, cause in some books, the main character IS LIKE THE ONLY MAINISH CHARACTER and is kinda annoying…so the whole book gets ruined because of that one character that also happens to me the main character. Does that ever happen to you? YES! Definitely go read the book! Thanks again! xoxo
      -Millay

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      1. I definitely notice when its only one main character like the rest ars decorative, its not enough! And then you read some that give every role their value, and its like they’re on another level, they make the effort! I will! 😁

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