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The Darkest Hour | [Barbara Erskine]

The Darkest Hour

In the summer of 1940, most eyes are focused on the skies above the South of England. The battle for Britain has just begun. But young Evie Lucas has eyes for no-one but a dashing young pilot called Tony. Evie has a glittering career as an artist ahead of her but seems to be wasting her time sketching endless portraits of Tony. She wants his parents to have something to remember him by in case it all goes wrong in the war…
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Publisher's Summary

From the Sunday Times bestselling author comes an epic tale of love, passion and heartbreak.

Love is as uncertain and as untamable as war…

In the summer of 1940, most eyes are focused on the skies above the South of England. The battle for Britain has just begun. But young Evie Lucas has eyes for no-one but a dashing young pilot called Tony. Evie has a glittering career as an artist ahead of her but seems to be wasting her time sketching endless portraits of Tony. She wants his parents to have something to remember him by in case it all goes wrong in the war…

Seventy years later, and recently widowed art historian Lucy is trying to put the pieces of her life back together. And in order to do that, Lucy needs to uncover the mystery surrounding a painting in her home. But as she accidentally ends up stirring up a hornet's nest of history which has been deliberately obliterated, Lucy finds herself in danger from people past and present who have no intention of letting an untold truth ever surface.

©2014 Barbara Erskine (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

Praise for Barbara Erskine:

"Her forte is mood, atmosphere and the toe-curling frisson" (Elizabeth Buchan, Sunday Times)
"Barbara Erskine's storytelling talent is undeniable" (The Times)
"Marvellous escapist stuff" (Woman and Home)

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  • Karen
    Plumstead, London, United Kingdom
    7/9/14
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    "loved it................."

    I absolutely loved this book. I have never listened to anything by this author before, but found the story totally engrossing, I really didnt want to stop listening. The story is full of twists and turns, I loved the idea of the present day researcher uncovering the past, and the stories of folks long past. Its not perhaps great literature, but it was a really good story, well told and the 1940's 'Britain at war' setting gave the story a great back drop. There were bits of the narration that I found a little bit irritating, particularly what i thought was an overdone "camp" character, but as I got more involved in the story this faded in significance.
    20 plus glorious hours of story telling, I was tempted to call in sick just to hear the end......

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • dianne
    8/3/14
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    "so spooky!"
    If you could sum up The Darkest Hour in three words, what would they be?

    intriguing, dark, fascinating


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Evie. Her true feelings weren't expressed in the book & I wanted to feel where she was taking her future all the time


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    where all their spirits amassed at the end


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    lose yourself in the mystery & atmosphere of passing generations


    Any additional comments?

    can't wait to read another Barbara Erskine

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lee
    Borehamwood, United Kingdom
    7/18/14
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    "Brilliant story and beautifully read!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Darkest Hour the most enjoyable?

    The story actually pulls you in. you forget yourself.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Evelyn, I could feel her pain.


    Have you listened to any of Sandra Duncan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    This was the first but never the last! She is wonderful.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Very emotional at times both happy and sad.


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot recommend this book highly enough, her very best!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Debra
    9/12/14
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    "Unputdownable!"
    Where does The Darkest Hour rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is currently joint favourite with another that is so different, it's not fair to compare.


    What other book might you compare The Darkest Hour to, and why?

    This is similar in formula to all Erskine's novels, but with a much more modern setting, even when the past is revisited.


    What three words best describe Sandra Duncan’s performance?

    Confident, competent, versatile


    Any additional comments?

    I was completely hooked into the story and listened whenever I could. The story unfolds slightly faster for the listener than it does for the characters, which is a very exciting technique. I have read most of Barbara Erskine's novels, and after Lady of Hay this is now my favourite. I was impressed to see that this time, her main protagonist doesn't allow the evil male character to send her mad or overwhelm her! I would recommend just about any of Erskine's novels if you enjoy history and supernatural nailbiters, with a dramatic climax and characters so well described that remembering the book is like remembering watching a film!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • SHARON
    Sutton in Ashfield, United Kingdom
    5/9/15
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    "Brilliant"

    I really enjoyed this book, I couldn't stop listening, I read from chapter 28 until 2am this morning finishing the book, It was very apt as it was the 8th May VE 70th anniversary.

    Only one issue some of the lines were missed out in the narration of the story I was actually listening as well I was reading the book on my kindle via the kinda and audible whisper sync, so I saw extra bits that were completely missed out in the narration of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emma Overend
    4/14/15
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    "Lovely book"

    I enjoy Erskine and this is really a great book, mystery and a few twists as ever. Great audio voice too

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heloise
    Canberra, Australia
    3/29/15
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    "Battle of Britain In fiction"
    Would you listen to The Darkest Hour again? Why?

    Loved the narrator, very pleasant voice.


    What other book might you compare The Darkest Hour to, and why?

    Well, it is a book on the Battle of Britain, a fictional account of the combat between the RAF and the LUftwaffe in the early days of the Second World War. So the only other book I have listened to with a WWII setting was 'All the Light We Cannot See' and this story is not as good.


    Have you listened to any of Sandra Duncan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would never listen to a book in one sitting, no matter how good it was.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very entertaining book. It captures the listener's attention from the beginning, The storyline is clever, just enough of the paranormal inserted to not turn off the skeptic, and in some parts is truly scary. It's the story of a fictional woman painter during WWII who desperately wants to be one of the Offiical War Artists commissioned by the Ministry of Defence but does not want to be pigeonholed into the traditional women's role of painting other women at work in factories, the Land Army etc etc. Evie Lucas wants to paint the men of the RAF like her brother Rafe, who are stationed in an airfield not far from her parent's farm in the Sussex Downs. And that's where she falls for the handsome Scot, Tony Anderson. The novel slips back and forth between the storyline in the 1940s and the present day, where Lucy Standish is the owner of the gallery that sold Evie's paintings in the 1940s.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia
    Ashford, United Kingdom
    3/19/15
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    "Magnificent"

    Fab story, I could relate to it beautifully, loved the mystery. The tension and the whole plot was wonderfully written!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ANITA BLACKETT
    1/11/15
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    "Brilliant read!"

    Evocative, chilling and a proper page turner. I loved it, and can't wait to find out if the author has written more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jenn
    12/14/14
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    "Loved it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is a lovely story


    Any additional comments?

    I don't believe in ghosts but I still loved this book. Set in the present and dipping into the past it is a love story. Just loved it, missed them all when I finished the book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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