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Over the Top: A Love Story

Over the Top: A Love Story
by Grace Wilkinson

Publisher: Potlatch Publications
Genre: biography & memoirs
Format: trade paperback; photographs; 150 pages
Price: $20.00

Editor: Valerie Nielsen, granddaughter of the author



Over The Top: A Love Story is a fascinating account of family life in England early in the twentieth century, climaxing with the onset of the First World War. Much later, the author was inspired by her son Charles to write a few memories of her marriage to her dedicated soldier husband Ted, and of being the mother of three young sons.
Grace and Ted meet at a British Army dance close to Buckingham Palace, where Ted is stationed. A stormy courtship begins, resulting in an equally stormy marriage, but one loaded with love. In the shadow of the famous Malvern Hills northwest of London, Ted and Grace raise three sons. When the First World War begins, Ted rejoins the Army as an officer. Home on leave, the young lieutenant leads his family uphill to a picnic on the Worcester Beacon, the highest peak in the Malverns. Soon thereafter, he finds himself in France, in a trench on the Western Front.


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