Everyone has secrets, but some can change your life forever....
In the midst of the Second World War, Eva receives the devastating news that her husband is missing and presumed dead. Neither wife nor widow, she lives in a numb state of limbo until, in the heat of an English summer, she meets Bill, a black American GI. Despite their vastly different backgrounds, neither can deny the love that overcomes them in the frantic weeks that follow, when every day could be their last.
After Eva discovers she's pregnant, Bill is shipped off to join the D-Day fight, leaving her alone in a bigoted world. As her mixed-race daughter, Louisa, grows up, how far will Eva go to keep her safe and bury the past? And how far will Louisa go to uncover the truth?
©2015 Lindsay Ashford (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
This book was tough to listen to due to rather poor narration and unconvincing accents. Unfortunately this did nothing to help the story which was predictable.
The story at several points is unbelievable. I found myself thinking, no one is that stupid. I did want to keep listening and see how it ended. It's like an entertaining trash novel.
This book brings you through generations of a family who were the subject of prejudice. No spoilers.
"Stilted Narration Spoiled the Experience"
I, of all people, should have loved this Audible book. As the mother of two mixed-race sons, I wanted to love it! The narrator, however, greatly detracted from my enjoyment.
Buy the Kindle version, skip the Audible one.
"Some secrets should not be kept"
This very human story reveals how destructive secrets can be. The author fleshes out the characters so believably, drawing the reader fully into their world and making it hard to leave! It is unfortunate that the narrator, while performing all dialog extremely well, is otherwise unable to vary her expression in the narrative sections. I almost did not continue listening by the end of the first 30 minutes but then got caught up in the characters' drama.
"If only I could rate this a MILLION stars..."
SPEECHLESS. That is exactly what this story has left me. From the very beginning until the very end...not a stone left unturned, not a question left unanswered, and not a single emotion left hanging in the lurches. ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!!! Thank you for taking us so deeply into the lives and hearts of each and every character!!!
"Not a great story"
I made it to chapter 8 and couldn't stand any more. Not a believable story from WWII era. Ugh, was exhausting to listen to o.
"well written, captivating story, with such visual as l and heartfeltvwritten emotions. you felt it all. I loved this book"
A page Turner. I found excuses to continue the book
Racism is so well described in such a human eay
"Eehhh! ok story. slight diversity WWBM 1940's war"
ok story about a european woman in a bad situation and a black soldier.I bought this story not reading rewies. This is about "war" which is not a nice situation. This story made me sad. So must pain, death & misery.
"So engaging, I could not stop listening!"
Written with passion and compassion, and performed impeccably. The truth is never just black or white.
Enjoyed it. Sow to start but kept with, then couldn't put down. Great character study of an interracial relationship during the 1940.
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