It's been about 40 years since I read the Hobbit in high school. In preparation for seeing the movie, I thought I would listen to the book, and enjoyed doing so. It's not quite as exciting as I remember, but that, I think is the result of my more recent familiarity with the Lord of the Rings movies, and the Harry Potter books and films. For someone who loves the English language and folklore, it is not to be missed. Hearing the songs sung, which I probably just skipped over, and the descriptions of landscapes and histories of the folk who people this tale are evocative of British roots and half forgotten history.
I enjoyed this book about young woman who finds herself working at Number 10 Downing Street during WWII. It reminded me of other books I had read that were set during the same period in England, but pleasantly so. I am a longtime reader of British Lit and fan of BBC TV. This book reminded me of the fantastic series Foyle's War, which I recently watched on Netflix. Some likable characters and a few surprises.
This was satisfying for the anglophile in me. It is a story based in an English village, yet not as predictable as most. A delightful assortment of characters and events was entertaining and at times I laughed out loud. I was sorry to finish this one.
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