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Ladder to the Moon by P.J. Fry

A story of love and war, this debut novel is stunning in its realism, and emotionally engaging in its moving love-story. In 1977 John Ferris, a New Zealand Army captain is serving as a UN military observer on the Israel-Lebanon border. He meets Leila Ashrawi, a beautiful Palestinian woman. Despite the violence and confusion surrounding them, they fall passionately in love with each other – and they must risk everything to start a new life together.

The day-to-day reality of war had me on the edge of my seat, and the convincing but complicated love story had me reaching for tissues. Peter Fry is an excellent writer, and he brings all facets of this particular conflict to life, from all sides of the fence, ultimately showing how futile and destructive war is in many and varied ways. This is a gripping, intelligent novel with plenty of heart.


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