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    Jacqueline Winspear(Author)

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By July 1914, the ties between Kezia Marchant and Thea Brissenden, friends since girlhood, have become strained - by Thea's passionate embrace of women's suffrage, and by the imminent marriage of Kezia to Thea's brother, Tom, who runs the family farm. Yet when Tom enlists to fight for his country and Thea is drawn reluctantly onto the battlefield, the farm becomes Kezia's responsibility. Each must find a way to endure the ensuing cataclysm and turmoil. As Tom marches to the front lines, and Kezia battles to keep her ordered life from unravelling, they hide their despair in letters and cards filled with stories woven to bring comfort. But will well-intended lies and self-deception be of use when they come face to face with the enemy.

'Stunning characterisation and dialogue... a timely look at the turmoil the war brought not only to those serving on the front lines but also to those left behind. A must-read for the summer months! Books Monthly. 'This new stand-alone novel is, above all, a moving tale about the beauty of those very virtues - fortitude, faithfulness, compassion - that the Great War called into question' The Washington Post. 'Jacqueline Winspear has a formidable command of the history of the Great War, and a stunning ability to take some of the most amazing and horrible aspects of that era and bring them home.'NPR Books 'Poignant, sensitive and evocative, this is an inspiring exploration of women's changing roles in a turbulent world'. The Good Book Guide 'A haunting, yet very engaging story' Random things through My Letterbox

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  • PDF | 318 pages
  • Jacqueline Winspear(Author)
  • Allison & Busby; 1st edition (1 July 2014)
  • English
  • 10
  • Romance

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  • By Briony Holyoake on 27 July 2014

    Jacqueline Winspear, the author of the Maisie Dobbs books, beautifully written.This is a new direction, I believe, planned to coincide with the Great War centenary in 2014.Having just started to read it, I am looking forward to this author's story settings of time, character, place, and the historical research.If this book is written as perceptively and sensitively as the Maisie Dobbs books, it will be a triumph.I have read many true story accounts of WW2, and was so pleased that Jacqueline Winspear decided to write this book, set in WW1.

  • By F. J. Dukes on 9 March 2017

    Another instalment in the Maisie Dobbs series.Well written and thoroughly enjoyable

  • By D. M. Littlewood on 31 January 2015

    I did not buy this book, I had it on loan from the library. I have been a devoted fan of Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs novels since I discovered them a few years ago, so I grabbed this with keen anticipation. However, my experience with this one was a rather mixed one. The relationships were attractively done, though missing the excitement of a crime to solve, and the ending was very poignant. However, the historical research was extremely dubious, and so many detail of the war on the Western Front rang false that, for me, the book jarred. For example, as far as I know, sergeants in the British army have never been called "sir" (they were addressed as "sergeant" or "sarge"); I find it odd that any NCO could have got away with such blatant victimisation over such a period, and even more absurd that he could have taken the initiative to force a Field General Court Martial. The FGCM proceedings themselves were quite absurd, since apart from a few hasty ones in the first few weeks of the war the process (and this was 1915) was much more formalised and drawn out; all sentences had to be approved by at least 4 levels of superior commanders. The impression that units spent most of their time in front-line trenches is wrong (except in a major battle - relatively infrequent - only a tiny percentage of soldiers were in the front line at any one time) and the idea that "for every 5 men he took into the line, only 2 returned" as routine (i.e. when no major battle was on) is absurd; both sides would have run out of men in a couple of months if this were the true pattern. 4 stars for the story, minus 2 for the historical absurdities.


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