Hugh Franks captivates the audience through his compelling writing style and weaves the perfect background. Since Hugh Frank has been soldier during the Second World War. He was twice mentioned in Despatches for bravery.
‘The Triumph of Love and Liberty‘ runs you through various instances of the Second World War through his protagonist Paul Johnston who is suddenly orphaned. A Sussex lad, Paul ends up, by a series of strange events, being brought up in Hamburg by a German businessman during the turbulent inter-war years. Moving from 1930s Germany to an English public school, the conflicting influences of Paul’s youth are forced into the open when war is declared. Here he faces a decisive moment since he must take one side – an issue further complicated by his failing in love with a young Englishwoman.
Enduring a series of harrowing wartime experiences, from Dunkirk to the depths of a Russian winter, Paul battles to stay alive, desperate one day to be reunited with the only girl he has ever truly loved.
Thus, the novel rotates around Paul’s wish to be with the woman he’s loved. According to the claims by the author, this compelling tale of love in a time of war will sweep readers along with the young soldier in missions that cover the length and breadth of Europe, as he changes from a naïve youth to a mature man.
All in all the romance is good attempt to run readers through nuances of the Second World War and as it comes to an end. The novel brings alive some of the historical moments from the warfields. Overall, it is an interesting read.