The Guest Who Stayed is an epic novel of passion, deceit and redemption. Set between two world wars, it tells the dramatic story of a family torn apart by the arrival of an unexpected guest. A lie perpetrated at the outset has terrible repercussions for the generation that follows. The uncompromising landscape of rural East England provides the backdrop for this evocative novel in which ambition and destiny compound to prevent a forbidden love affair. This five star novel by Roger Penfound is widely acclaimed. ‘This is a cleverly written story which I found hard to put down’ – Amazon review. 'A wonderful family saga with strong characters and a powerful setting’ – Amazon Review. Allow yourself to be drawn back in time and immersed in this gripping new book.
When Former GI Bride, Emma Fulton, is forced to flee penniless from the United States in 1953, she seeks out the husband and child of her recently deceased friend and half-sister. Seamlessly, she is absorbed into their lives as both wife and mother. When her new husband dies, she suddenly finds herself inheriting the family construction business which is winning contracts in London’s East End as it emerges from the ravages of war. As a woman in a testosterone driven male environment, Emma finds herself thrust into a brutal world of corruption, politics and power. Faced with a crippling strike, she allows herself to be helped by a local crime syndicate boss and is soon drawn into a torrid affair which blurs her judgement and threatens to split her family apart.
Disgraced Journalist Doug Penhallam, has a cynical disregard for anything that doesn’t fit within his narrow view of the world. When he pays a visit to his ancient ancestral home to research a new book he finds that voices from a violent past are triggered by his presence in the building evoking memories of a tragic love affair during The English Civil War. Meanwhile his estranged son’s relationship with a Muslim girl leads to her abduction and forced appearance before a Sharia court. When she is faced with a brutal punishment, the journalist discovers that by listening and surrendering to the voices he acquires insight that leads him on a perilous journey to save the girl and also opens his own mind to possibilities beyond his previous comprehension.