Thursday, February 24, 2022



Britain, 1954 World War II has ended but there hasn’t been much help for the families to rebuild their lives.  The tiny village of Capel Celyn still appears to be beautiful on the outside with its vibrant beautiful surroundings.  But the residents of the village have no food and broken spirits.  Soon they receive word that the village is going to be taken away from them, and they must be brave and once again fight for what is theirs. Al Locke, an American Navy Captain proposed to Elin Jenkins a young Welsh girl and the plan was for her to move to Pennsylvania and they would be married.  But, things didn’t quite go as planned.  Present-day retired Navy Captain Al Locke sets sail to the beautiful village of Capel Celyn, determined to find his fiancĂ© Elin.  Instead he finds the village underwater in the the depth of a huge lake.  Now more than ever, he must find Elin and ask her to forgive him for his role in the loss of everything they held dear.  

This story was very intriguing to me and I loved that it was based on true events and that it is a time-slip novel.  I always enjoy a book that teaches you about the past, and joins to the present day while uncovering everything in the middle.  This story was both heartbreaking and hopeful.  I found the characters to be very believable and I thoroughly enjoyed the detailed and beautiful description of Wales.  This is a story that definitely leaves you pondering.  I really enjoyed it and recommend it to those who love historical fiction with romance, heartbreak and forgiveness.

Thank you Norma Curtis for such a beautifully written true story filled with hope and inspiration.  This story was a one that pulled you into the pages, and made you feel like you were part of the story.  I enjoyed it very much and I highly recommend it.



Rating: 5 out of 5.
Author:  Norma Curtis
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Publication Date: February 21, 2022 
Pages: 280 
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Based on an incredible true story…

Britain, 1954. The Second World War has ravaged the country, and for years families had been forced to go without to help the war effort. Even in the tiny stone village of Capel Celyn – where time seemingly stands still in the lush beauty of the surrounding hills – the war has left behind empty tables and broken hearts. But then the residents learn that their beloved village is at risk of being taken from them, and in the most shocking way imaginable. Who will be brave enough to save it?

Present day. Al Locke, retired Navy Captain, sets off up the well-worn track through the valley, towards the pretty village of Capel Celyn, determined to find the girl he once loved. Elin Jenkins: the dark-haired Welsh beauty he was going to marry after the war… until tragedy tore them apart.

But what he finds in that silent valley is a mystery greater even than their own. The village, once lively, is underwater. A shimmering ghost town in the depths of a vast lake. How can he find Elin when all trace of her has vanished? And will she be capable of forgiving him for his part in their tragic loss?


Norma Curtis’s first published stories were for teenage magazines and she began writing novels when she joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association. Her first novel won the New Writer’s Award and was chosen as a WH Smith Fresh Talent title. A couple of years after being invited onto the RNA committee she was made chairman and following her two-year term of office she studied creative writing at City University before taking an MA in Prose Fiction at Middlesex University. The Drowned Village is her sixth novel and she lives in North London with her family.

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