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Author of Walk to Paradise Garden, living north of Milwauke, WI with my wife Pamela and our two dogs.
Walk to Paradise Garden earned an editor's desk review wherein Harper Collins described it as "compulsively readable".
I am indebted to Wendy Bertsch and Robert Davidson of Ocean Highway Books for the final preparation of my novel, to Richard Sutton of RSCommunications for the cover and photographer Brian Jacky for the author portrait. Please also check out the fine works of historical fiction on Past Times Books.
on June 04, 2012 :
John Campbell's historical novel `Walk to Paradise Gardens' is a saga that starts during the early days of WW1, and the reader follows a family through all of their troubles.
The story captivated me from the first few pages as I read his descriptions of the medical areas behind the lines in WW1. The author brought the whole horror of this war to life. Later, his descriptions of London in the 1920's & 30's has your mouth watering as he describes the simple act of taking tea and cakes in an `acceptable' (for the wife of a political minister) café. Campbell has the ability to capture the period, regardless of the decade. The historic detail enhances the story without overwhelming the reader with facts. It was no surprise when I heard that this book had been picked as one of the eight Harper Collins editor's choice from the thousands of books listed on the Authonomy web site. A love story to be read and enjoyed at leisure.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Feb. 21, 2012 :
One of the best independent books I've read. It is rare for me to become so emotionally invested in characters in a book, but I quickly grew to care for John and Evie. I found myself rooting for them. I couldn't put the book down for wanting to know what would happen to them. John B. Campbell's rich descriptions carry us along with the characters through the many changes and key events of the twentieth century in a story that is both heart wrenching and uplifting. It's truly a great read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)