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“The end of the old world”, people said about the long, hot summer of 1914. That summer Aunt Tilly comes to stay with her brother, the Rector, and his four lively daughters in the sleepy Sussex village of Ashden.
Aunt Tilly’s visit sparks off a chain of events which threatens to split Ashden apart. Agnes Pilbeam, the Rectory palourmaid, and her sweetheart, Jamie, find themselves bewilderingly caught up.
Then, in August, the lamps go out all over Europe, and war bursts open the straitjacket of rural village life. The war will bring tragedy, change and love as private torments and struggles are subjected to the greater need. The challenge will prove too much for some and the making of others.
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brilliant summer read
Who was your favorite character and why?
Aunt Tully was fun
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Definitely slow to start then great
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do not like writing much as do not want to spoil story for others
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soft historical drama
Set in a village at the outbreak of war the story focuses on three key families as they encounter the changes that war must bring, not only for the men of the village. Women are finding their voices and independence while the older generation attempt to hold it off! The narrator is good and I think the voice of Isabelle is probably appropriate if somewhat grating .