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Writers Inspiring Change book review: Stolen Pasts

Updated: Mar 24

A story about the power of lies and love

Stolen Pasts, by Charles Wiltshire, presents the reader with the story of an estranged father, and his son - and the secrets which have torn them apart for so many years. When Danny, now an adult and living his own life, decides to track down, James, his father, whom he hasn't seen since he was a child, and who went to prison for physically abusing him and his mother, the story that unfolds is not the story he had played out in his mind. What he discovers is a frail man, sick and dying, filled with remorse about things he supposedly did to his family, but which he cannot remember having done. This is a story about enduring bonds, about the power of lies and truth, and about the essential good in all of us, even those, who, driven by fear and a sense of self-preservation, commit horrible crimes against others. When the truth is outed - this seemingly tragic story takes a turn altogether. A story that shines the light on the inner soul in all of us.

About C.S. Wiltshire

Tell us about yourself …CS: My name is CS Wiltshire and I hail from Hampshire in England. My work experience is based around the IT industry but in my heart I have always wanted to be full time author. I love creating stories and building fictional worlds. My other loves in life are cooking, running and motorbikes.

IWIC: What inspired your writing …CS: I have been reading novels since a very early age. In my younger days it was mainly science fiction but as I matured my scope of reading spread into most genres. Now, I will read anything as long as the story is interesting. This is now my second novel.

IWIC: Is there a message in your books …CS: There is a message in Changes – Buckland Gap2. Everyone can change for the better. It may not be easy but if the desire exists then nothing is out of reach.

IWIC: Tell us about your new book …CS: My latest book is Changes – Buckland Gap 2. This book is a gritty and sometimes violent story of a young man, Steven Harding, who was trapped in a world of poverty, anger and despair. He ended up in prison where, thanks to determination and hard work, he started on a long road of change and hope for a better life. When he was finally released, the road for change became even harder as his family tried to draw him back into his previous life. Steven meanwhile, wants to study at university and start a new future. This is the follow-up to the hard hitting and controversial Buckland Gap and is a story of hope. We can all change. We can all take a better path, if we want. The story itself is set around a short period in the protagonist’s life during which he tries to set his new life in motion while avoiding the anger of his family for being gay and wanting to enroll at university.

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