In 1914, Britain faces a new kind of war. For Edward and Beatrice Hunter, their children, servants and neighbours, life will never be the same again.
For David, the eldest, war means a chance to do something noble; but enlisting will break his mother's heart. His sister Diana, 19 and beautiful, longs for marriage. She has her heart set on Charles Wroughton, son of Earl Wroughton, but Charles will never be allowed to marry a banker's daughter.
Below stairs, Cook and Ada, the head housemaid, grow more terrified of German invasion with every newspaper atrocity story. Ethel, under housemaid, can't help herself when it comes to men and now soldiers add to the temptation; yet there's more to this flighty girl than meets the eye.The once-tranquil village of Northcote reels under an influx of khaki volunteers, wounded soldiers and Belgian refugees. The war is becoming more dangerous and everyone must find a way to adapt to this rapidly changing world.
Goodbye Piccadilly is the first book in the War at Home series by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, author of the much-loved Morland Dynasty novels. Set against the real events of 1914, Goodbye Piccadilly is extraordinary in scope and imagination and is a compelling introduction to the Hunter family.
©2014 Cynthia Harrod-Eagle (P)2014 Hachette Digital
Loved this story and really looking forward to the rest of the series. Penelope Freeman is a perfect narrator, she really bought the story to life and her accents for the different characters are excellent.
I see the next book is on Audible - I hope Audible continue to have the whole series. Sadly The Morland Dynasty, also by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles has stopped at Number 18.
"Prissy and Slow In One Grand Sweeping Motion"
To me the book was derivative and a total snoozer lacking in even a shred of charm. The narration was dreadful with the 16 & 19 year old "children" sounding like three year olds. When the dog started talking I threw the device to the bed and hit delete. Plus the title here on Audible has a typo--it should read War at Home, 1914 NOT 2014. I'm shaking it off and moving on.
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