Families ripped apart, cities, towns and even villagers were left with visible and emotional scars. I got to find out what happened to the characters that were in danger, in love, and having life changing events in their life, as well as the characters that were moving along with regular life. Pat received a respite when her abusive husband went to cover the war, but now he's home. A really good synopsis from another reader just may suffice. Theresa the teacher is working hard to make a success of her marriage to squadron leader Nick.
We've known and loved the characters so we are invested in knowing what happens to them. Since we've already watched the show, Block lightly repaints the countryside village in all its quaint but elegant sensibility without rehashing basics we likely already know. While she enjoyed the attention from Nick when he lived with her, it wasn't real love and she knew it. It is very different from watching the series, but at the same time, not that different at all. As far as the story goes, will Marek even survive the war and if he does, then what? Then news arrives that Sam has been blinded in action. She is on her way to try and see her lover before he leaves the village. Fami I was provided with an arc in return for an honest review.
I hope there is a book for every year of the War! The new doctor sure does have people issues. Granted, I'm disappointed in some of the characters' choices here. Then after the dramatic finale of the show, the situation becomes more intense. Also the newlyweds Jack and Beth have to face the separation that war causes. . I am not going to complain too much about the writing, since I can imagine how difficult it is for a screenwriter to write a full novel. I really enjoy reading about this period of history.
London is being bombed by zeppelins when they can find their target! I think Laura will have a harder time finding her way. Sarah Collingborne the vicar's wife is still waiting to hear news of her husband Adam who is a prisoner of war. Alison is alone apart from Boris her dog, still ashamed at her part in the Barden factory closure. She writes in this set of books about England during World War I. The story basically follows two sisters each of whom married differently - one to a hard worker who joins up, the other to a slacker who suddenly gets a steady job as men are called up but his flat feet keep him at home.
And we had to spend the first 15% of the book reading a not-great rehash of the final episode leading up to that point. Cynthia Harrod-Eagles aka , Cynthia Harrod-Eagles was born on 13 August 1948 in Shepherd's Bush, London, England, where was educated at Burlington School, a girls' charity school founded in 1699, and at the University of Edinburgh and University College London, where she studied English, history and philosophy. I had no idea before now that London suffered air raids from Zeppelins during the war. Keep the Home Fires Burning is the second book in the War at Home series by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, author of the much-loved Morland Dynasty novels. Changes which have had huge effects on the way we live our lives today. The novel continues the stories of the women, with their various perspectives, laudatory and not so laudatory. That said, it was brilliantly and directly written, showing the story directly and succinctly like a screenplay.
Her older brother David is in training and excited about going to fight in France; sister Sadie is helping to train horses for combat; the other children are too young at the beginning of the book to be anything but excited about war. For anyone who enjoys an easy-to-read page turner, read this book and I hope you like it as much as I did. The bit about Sam's stress blindness was just a touch unbelievable. Lyrics: They were summoned from the hillside They were called in from the glen, And the country found them ready At the stirring call for men. She has been in the village enough to know what the people are like and why Teresa made the decision she did.
The Hunters, their servants and their neighbours soon realise that war is not just for the soldiers, but it's for everyone to win, and every new atrocity that is reported bolsters British determination: this is a war that must be won at all costs. Even with the Great War in 1915 as the topic, the author incorporates English chatter that is delightful and sometimes even hilarious, such as the incident when the policewomen escort a drunken soldier to train. The turn of the century is one of my favourite to read about for so much was going on all over the world. One of the latter is Pat, married to Bob, an abusive former war journalist, now novelist. I have not seen the television show that this book is an offshoot from so the characters were completely new to me. She and Nick are both lovely, and deserve better happiness.
The countryside is a character in itself and brought these plots alive. But when Bill enlists to fight in the Second World War, the family are plunged into poverty. There's a silver lining, through the dark clouds shining, Turn the dark cloud inside out, 'til the boys come home. When an enemy plane crashes in the village, every one of their lives will change forever. While I wanted to know the rest of the characters' stories, it was Teresa's that was most pressing for me to continue. I just think it really didn't fit in with the writing style and made it feel a little disjointed at times.
She's terrified for Adam showing their strong bond. Why do stories always have romance in it? I do think the fact that Block is a scriptwriter affected the book negatively as you could tell it was not his usual form of writing. Frances struggles as her factory is shut down and her husband's secret child arrives at her door. Boris is such a dear companion but he can't live forever. Among its variables, we find shifting populations of townsfolk plus ever-changing newspaper offices, churches and restaurants. Join Frances Barden, Sarah Collingborne, Pat Simms, Miriam Brindsley and the women of the Great Paxford Women's Institute as calamity hits their beloved village and they prove once again that when women work together they can surmount almost any challenge. Apparently there is another book in the works, as this one again left us hanging--and at over 450 pages at that.
Block, for creating compelling characters in gripping situations. Through it all the Women's Institute provides support and camaraderie. If you've not watched the two seasons or series of the excellent Home Fires television show, you should absolutely do that before reading this novel. The show revolved around the dramas, trials and tribulations of a group of women who were part of the war effort in a small town in England. She isn't from Great Paxford and her family is all in Africa so she has nothing to lose by being herself unlike Teresa.