The Last Day of June
On the 30th June 1934, three young men stand on the brink of lifelong romances. Will they find happiness and success? The French farm labourer, the Cambridge student, the German School boy? First there was a hurdle to overcome, World War 2.
It was also the day Adolph Hitler eliminated opposition and challengers to his position as leader of the Nazi party. The Night of the Long Knives when the descent into war became inevitable.
Will their dreams endure?
Is there a future worth fighting for?
Each character’s story starts from an image inspired by a verse of the song ‘The Last Day of June 1934’ by Al Stewart. Their separate narratives, twist through and cross over each other’s during the years that follow.
The decades roll past: dangerous times, a time for loving, sad times, times of joy. A story of lives lived and enduring love.
A journey through the sixty years that saw Europe torn apart through warfare and rebuilt; from the viewpoints of three very different families!
A heartfelt story of WW2
John Dolan rated it five stars on Goodreads
‘The Last Day of June’ is subtitled as a ‘Saga of Families at War and Peace’, and it lives up to its billing.
The story ranges between France, Germany and Britain over a 60-year period from 1934 to 1994. Maintaining reader interest (and tension) over such an extended period is no mean feat, but Edward Yeoman pulls it off. The author’s writing style is deceptively simple: he manages to pack a lot into a few words, and can paint a scene with a few deft strokes of his virtual pen. …
Old vegetarian gave 5.0 out of 5 stars on Amazon
Three individuals (British, French and German) meet briefly in France in 1940 and then come together by chance decades later. Demonstrates without patronising how the EU grew out of the wartime experiences of a generation now gone and whose legacy some are choosing to ignore. Really encouraging that Edward Yeoman thought this a story worth telling.