by Jacqueline Winspear.  Reading this book has spoiled me!  It is so engrossing and so moving – Winspear’s best by far – any other book seems shallow by comparison.  This book describes the early months of the Great War from the varied perspectives of several connected individuals.  It also explores the small (and large) lies and omissions we (and our governments) inflict upon ourselves and others in order to protect feelings or promote “the greater good.” Winspear’s characters come alive on the page and I identified profoundly with one who expressed both her love and despair through the creation of wonderful meals.  There is no fairy tale ending  here, nor room for wishful thinking.  But neither is there unbearable hopelessness.

To be transported, click here to find this book.






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