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A gripping but gentle novel

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-20

Despite my instinct that this book might seem rather “twee” I found I couldn’t stop listening to it! The narrator has a voice that matched my initial perception of the book but even that and the awful Irish accent she uses for some characters couldn’t stop me listening.
So, don’t be put off as this book has genuine emotion in it and had me in tears near the end. The story is sensitively told and with a few exceptions where the language gets a bit flowery is gently told
A book that would appeal to the reader who perhaps wants a break from topics such as murder and violence and is after a gentle sensitive read

A fitting sequel to The Winds of War

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-11-19

I knew this would be heavy going from having read The Winds of War but wanted to know what was going to happen to the family members more than how America saved the world in WW2. So, I listened to most of the bits about the sea battles, which were an eye opener for me as a British person as I did not have any idea about them before listening to this, but skipped some of the more tediously detailed parts.
The characters are developed well in this sequel, with Pug Henry still being amazingly moral and self controlled amongst a world where his family and friends have succumbed to human desires. He rises to becoming and Admiral, loses a close member of his family to the war, and another to another man but still bravely soldiers on to a happy ending.
Again, this is a meticulously detailed book and some of the descriptions of the gas chambers of the concentration camps are vivid and upsetting. I learned things from this book that I had only briefly heard about and had certainly never thought about in such great detail, probably because none of us ever want to believe such things could have happened. It is a book to make you re-think the events of WW2. It is a very powerful book., more so than its pedecessor

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WW2 War and Peace!

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-11-19

This book takes some dedication to get through, for me especially it was the war bits where everything was described in meticulous detail. The research for this book must have taken years and was an eye opener in some parts for me- in others it was plain boring and I got to the point where I skipped the miniscule detail .

The thread that runs through it of a family torn apart by war is told well and sympathetically , though Pug Henry seems to be some sort of moral saint where the rest of the world has thrown their morals to the winds of war.

This was sometimes arduous, sometimes gripping to read, and I have ordered the sequel as I want to find out what happens to the family. No doubt the research for the sequel will be as thorough as for this book

Entertaining

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-08-19

I liked this book and wanted to keep coming back to it frequently to carry on where I had left off. Historically there were a few gaffs - such as talking about feeling like a stuffed turkey at Christmas which I found irritating but otherwise a very easy listening and enjoyable book

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Confusing

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-07-19

This is the first of the St May's Chronicles where I felt confused at the end as to what it had all been about and what all Max's efforts been for as at the end it seemed we were no further forward than at the beginning!
An enjoyable listen but why events were contrived to happen as they did leaves me at a loss!

Annoyingly addictive

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-01-19

This is the third story in the series in which the rather annoying Celia is the heroine. Under the guise of caring about her family more than anything else in the world she drives her son away by not standing up to her sister, omits to suspect the one obvious person in the story who encouraged him, keeps her fiancé hanging cruelly on a string for years, blocks the one chance the family she is supposed to love has of keeping the house because of her own daft ideas, ends up by her actions causing members of her family to take their lives, jilts her fiancé ...........I could go on forever about what an idiot she is!! However, if the test of a good book is whether it raises your emotions, and this book certainly raised my emotions of frustration and dislike of the main character, then maybe it deserves the overall 4 stars I gave it.

Rather slow

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-19

This is the second book on the series of three. Like thee first book I wanted to throttle the main character Celia who annoyed me no
end with her utter naivety6 and stupidity, but I knew this would be the case if the first book in the series was anything to go by. I have bought the third book in the series so I’m committed to listening to it to follow the characters as they progress though the end of the 1920s and 30s but I can already guess what is going to happen
This book isn’t one of my most enjoyable listens but has a certain insight into the era in which it is written. Let’s hope Celia grows up a bit in the next in the series!!!

Interesting insights

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-12-18

On the surface this is an easy listen novel about the 1st World War, but it also contains some very interesting insights into the social life of the time. I had never really thought about what happened to those of German descent in the First World War although quite a lot has been written about this subject with relevance to the Second World War, and it was quite shocking. I also learned a lot about the role of women in WW1 and all this was wrapped up in a palatable story about a family fragmented by war.

This was an enjoyable listen and I look forward to hearing the next two books in the series. I felt like throttling Celia, the main character, sometimes in this book so I hope she has grown up a bit and gets more sensible in the sequels!!

Very disappointing

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-11-18

I was so disappointed with this book, as I knew it was a best seller so expected better of it than I got!

This is a pretentious sci-fi book with a basically good idea for the plot, but jumps around and I found hard to keep my attention on it as it raced from one idea to another. None of the characters are developed properly so are not believable and instead of being a book that captures the listener's imagination I found it laughable in its banality. It did not do the basic very interesting idea for the plot justice.

I very rarely send a book back but this one wasn't worth the money paid for it ,or the time it took to listen to as much of it as I could stand to listen to , and is going back

Very unusual plot

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-11-18

I don't want to give the plot of this book away but it is quite clever and it had me intrigued. The characters are well developed and believable and I really enjoyed this story