I am very picky about what I read, and because this was on the NY Times Best Seller List. It was a touching story of three completely different characters. The author jumped from one story to another, but I always felt connected to the other characters when she made the change. The author did a wonderful job of bringing all the characters together in the end. I was disappointed, but pleased at the ending. Read the book and you'll understand what I mean.
This is an interesting view of London in the early days of WWII and is the story of the intertwining of the lives of three women. The book is well written and captivating.
Those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it. Frankie was a reporter who had the strength and character to face the truth at a time when most wanted to believe lies. She used her life to make a difference in the world. She showed us that evil is encouraged by people willfully looking away. People who develop the habit of swallowing lies rather than the truth. I hope that when people read this book they will keep in mind todays current events. The minute you stop looking for the truth and start thinking about something else, than you’ve stopped paying attention and paying attention is all we have got.
The book might be a better read, but on audio it really is dissapointing. It is somewhat difficult to follow the different characters and the point is even more difficult to find. I loved The Help and Saving CeeCee Honeycutt. This book was suggested because of those preferences, but not similar at all. I was unable to become involved in the book and found myself bored and turning it off.
This is definitely a literary work, so don't expect it to be a "page turner." However this book is worth a listen for several reasons. First, although not a "boiler" in terms of plot, it moves along sufficiently to keep a reader's interest. Second, there are ideas in this book (about how we rationalize our feelings while we supposedly try to keep others from suffering) that are worth time. Third, the writing at numerous places in this book practically glows with passion. I have now downloaded at least 100 books for listening, and I have yet to listen to any book that moved me to tears as deeply and as often as this book.
This book started a bit slowly at first, as you meet everyone. But before long, I felt myself swept along, captivated. Frankie's experiences are so vividly portrayed that I felt like I was in London when those bombs dropped, and hearing those stories on the trains. A peach of a book, that gives a snapshot of a very important piece of history.
This book has it all - poor character development, a slow-moving plot that doesn't go anywhere & descriptions that drag on far too long. I liked the reader fine at least.
I love historical fiction, especially set in WWII, but this book was a real struggle to finish. NOT recommended.
The story may have worked if I had not lived through the blitz and was not involved in much of what the writer was using as part of her thread. I knew that the first wire recorders were around about 1943 and that I have had a soft wax 78 rpm recorder. It nagged at me through all of her story. How did she get a compect version for her use in about 1941-2. The way she handled them and played and re=played them could never happen. Sorry but I have lived too long to have bought it.