The year is 1915, and the war is raging on.... The war was not 'over by Christmas' after all, and as 1915 begins, the Hunters begin to settle into wartime life.
Diana, the eldest Hunter daughter, sees her fiance off to the front but doesn't expect such coldness from her future mother-in-law. David's battalion is almost ready to be sent to the front, but how will Beattie's fragile peace of mind endure?
Belowstairs Ethel, the under housemaid, is tired of having her beaux go off to war, so she deliberately sets her sights on a man who works on the railway, believing he won't be allowed to volunteer. Eric turns out to be decent and honest, and he genuinely cares about Ethel - is this the man who could give her a new life?
The Hunters, their servants, and their neighbours soon realise that war is not just for the soldiers, but it's for everyone to win, and every new atrocity that is reported bolsters British determination: this is a war that must be won at all costs.
Keep the Home Fires Burning is the second book in the War at Home series by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, author of the much-loved Morland Dynasty novels. Set against the real events of 1915, this is an evocative, authentic ,and wonderfully depicted drama featuring the Hunter family and their servants.
©2015 Cynthia Harrod-Eagles (P)2015 Hachette Digital
"An insightful look at the impact of war on everyday lives." (Choice)
This is an excellent follow-up to Goodbye Piccadilly and one of the best WWI novels I have ever read. The characters are well thought out and each has a fascinating story of their own that weaves seamlessly into the main story. The narration by Annie Aldington is wonderful! She gives each character their own unique voice without overdoing it with phones accents and such.
"Authors story telling is as always great!"
As a second book in the series and the story carries on seamlessly and the family and lives of the occupants of 1st world war England are as descriptive as the lives of their military sons and loved ones with real and acurate historical facts of the events of the time.
I like the factual elements of the family story the romance a gentle and the characters are well rounded.
This narrator has not I believe, thought about the various classes of people in the story her accents were all over the place and very unconvincing and annoying really, I would not really have thought a 1915 countess would have a cockney accent! Neither would a middle class senior banker and family. The narrator of the previous book was far more varied with accents and at some points I had to remember there was only one narrator!
Maybe wait for DVDs, maybe better as a feature drama for tv.
"Well researched and written,"
I`m loving this series of books. This is the second book and carries on from where "Goodbye Piccadilly" left off. Although I`d had a break between listening to the two books I`ve not found it at all difficult to pick up the threads again.
There are some lovely, well-written characters and the historical content is spot on. It`s based in England so the descriptions of the war and the battle fields are coming from soldiers home on leave and the story centres mainly around those left behind and the WW1 home front.
I have to say tho that this book is let down somewhat by the narrator. It might have been a good idea for her to have read through the book first and made a mental note of where to put in punctuation and how the sentences flow. But rise above that and this is a thoroughly enjoyable story
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