This book gives really good portrayal of life in Britain with the changes in class structure as a result of WWI. The 1920's were frenetic as people adjusted to the huge losses of life suffered in the war and the 'flu epidemic.Post traumatic stress disorder was a fact in all walks of life and hidden as shameful.. Philippa Gregory is better known for her later novels about the Plantagenets and the Tudors but this one is equally worthwhile . It would make a beautiful if tragic film or TV series which would be pertinent with all the current anniversaries of the events.
Very long book but easy to read. Lily and Stephen marry but have many secrets. Lily tries to fit in to the life of a post-WWI upper class family, coached by Stephen's mother whose adherence to politeness and stiff upper lip and 'what is done' is unbending. Very tragic story showing us the effects of PTSD from the war to end all wars.
A well written book, but very LONG (ov/500 pages) - shows what can happen with PTDS no matter what war.
Sad, but very introspective tale of the effects of war. Wonderfully written.
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