1970s Britain. Two teenagers. The Army.
In a small Welsh village, naïve Michelle Warbutton is devastated by a shocking family secret. Forced to rethink her future, she longs to leave her world.
In Yorkshire and already world-weary, Guy Halfpenny is desperate to escape his miserable life.
Both have limited choices.
Their paths aren’t destined to cross until they join the British Army – where their futures are determined by the decisions of others.
Discover how lives are shaped, friendships forged, and loves won and lost in this gripping, coming of age adventure of love, humour, and tragedy.
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite – 5 stars!
“A fascinating and enthralling look at Great Britain in the 1970s as experienced through the eyes of Guy, a North Yorkshire teen, and Mouse, a Welsh girl. I had a marvelous time reading Unlikely Soldiers and am looking forward to the next book in the series. It’s most highly recommended.”
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“Deb McEwan has created a beautiful portrait of the times, with just the right touch of romance.”
Goodreads and Amazon Reviewer
“Deb McEwan puts passion, skill and dedication into every page. This one will have you teary, hooked and feeling all the wiser. For the older readers, you’re in for a special trip down memory lane. For the younger readers, get ready to have your eyes opened to how the world used to be.”
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Following a career of over thirty years in the British Army, Deb and her husband moved to Cyprus to become weather refugees.
She’s written children’s books about Jason the penguin and Barry the reindeer and young adult/adult books about dogs, the afterlife, soldiers, and netball players.
The first book in the Unlikely Soldiers series is set in nineteen-seventies Britain. The second covers the early eighties and includes the Falklands War, service in Northern Ireland and (the former) West Germany. ‘Friends and Revenge’ is the third in the series, and takes a sinister turn of events. ‘Murder and Mayhem’ is the final book of the series and takes our heroine from the former West Germany, to London and to an action packed Hong Kong.
‘Court Out (A Netball Girls’ Drama)’ is Deb’s latest standalone novel. Using netball as an escape from her miserable home life, Marsha Lawson is desperate to keep the past buried and to forge a brighter future. But she’s not the only one with secrets. When two players want revenge, a tsunami of emotions is released at a tournament, leaving destruction in its wake. As the wave starts spreading throughout the team, can Marsha and the others escape its deadly grasp, or will their emotional baggage pull them under,
with devastating consequences for their families and team-mates?
The Afterlife series was inspired by ants. Deb was in the garden contemplating whether to squash an irritating ant or to let it live. She wondered whether anyone up there decides the same about us and thus the series was born.
‘The Island Dog Squad’ is a series of novellas inspired by the rescue dog Deb and Allan adopted this March. The real Sandy is a sensitive soul, not quite like her fictional namesake, and the other characters are based on Sandy’s real-life mates.
Deb loves spending time with her husband Allan and rescue dog Sandy. She also loves writing, keeping fit, and socialising, and does her best to avoid housework.