Double Five Star Bonanza!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!,
I received this book from a friend upon recommandation and I have to admit that I was reluctant to read it at first. I love historical romance but pure historical fiction is not the same thing. I read it non the less and am glad I did. The layers of prejudice in the book ever spiraling outwards and back in had me gripped and made me think. A five star read for any reader of this genre.
and on Goodreads:
5 of 5 stars
Read from February 11 to March 17, 2013
I was recommended this book by a close friend whose judgment in these matters I trust completely. I’m not a fan of dry fact-laden historical novels, but I can say that this book does not fall into this category so please don’t be put off by any preconceptions you may have towards this genre. I’m certainly glad I followed my friend’s advice, and was richly rewarded by the author’s complex and multifaceted characters, his deft use of prose, and his clean and clear writing style.
It would be easy to fall into the trap of melodramatic and hysterical writing when dealing with the horrors of war and human suffering; the author never takes this easy option, he maintains that clear and concise style throughout the novel allowing his characters to tell their own stories.
Having the standard English schoolboy knowledge of both World Wars, I thought I new with crushing inevitability the ultimate outcome that would befall the characters. A naive ignorance had got the better of me, and as I read I was swept up in a story and a world I realised I new nothing about. It was a humbling and quite profound experience, learning and understanding details of the lives that people like these were living and struggling with on a day to day basis throughout the war years, and it’s a testament to the author’s skill that even now, some weeks after finishing the book, the characters are alive in my mind and almost feel like family.
This is not a light fluffy read: it’s a deeply engaging and complex story, sections of which I had to read several times to get the maximum benefit.
I can highly recommend this book, both for fans of the genre and also for those who like solid well written novel, regardless of genre.
A BIG HEART FELT THANK YOU to the reviewers DENISE AND MATTHEW