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The Heroes' Welcome | [Louisa Young]

The Heroes' Welcome

It's 1919, and Britain is realising that it is no longer at war. Now, Nadine and Riley, Rose, and Peter and Julia, must try to regain a sense of normality. But long shadows cast by the war dim the potential joys of peacetime, and matters of the heart prove arduous and bewildering. Normality doesn't seem to exist the way it did, and there is no ‘going back' to anything. What must give, for happiness to stand a chance? For those who fought, those who healed, and those left behind, 1919 is a year freighted with perilous beginnings, unavoidable realities, and gleams of indestructible hope.
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Publisher's Summary

The Heroes' Welcome is the incandescent sequel to the best-selling R&J pick My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You. Its evocation of a time deeply wounded by the pain of WWI will capture and beguile listeners fresh to Louisa Young's wonderful writing, and those previously enthralled by the stories of Nadine and Riley, Rose, Peter, and Julia.

It's 1919, and Britain is realising that it is no longer at war. Now, Nadine and Riley, Rose, and Peter and Julia, must try to regain a sense of normality. But long shadows cast by the war dim the potential joys of peacetime, and matters of the heart prove arduous and bewildering.

Normality doesn't seem to exist the way it did, and there is no ‘going back' to anything. What must give, for happiness to stand a chance? For those who fought, those who healed, and those left behind, 1919 is a year freighted with perilous beginnings, unavoidable realities, and gleams of indestructible hope.

©2014 Louisa Young (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

Praise for My Dear I Wanted to Tell You:

"This novel is a triumph" (Elizabeth Jane Howard)
"Every once in a while comes a novel that generates its own success, simply by being loved." (The Times)
"Birdsong for the new millennium" (Tatler)
"Powerful, sometimes shocking, boldly conceived, it fixes on war's lingering trauma to show how people adapt - or not - and is irradiated by anger and pity" (The Sunday Times)
"[A] tender, elegiac novel. Others have been here before, of course, from Sebastian Faulks to Pat Barker, but Young belongs in their company" (Mail on Sunday)

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  • Diane
    Eastbourne,, United Kingdom
    6/18/14
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    "A good sequel"

    A good sequel to 'My dear I wanted to tell you'. A very moving story, beautifully written, a must read if you've enjoyed the first book. Beautifully narrated by Dan stevens who always does a great job with every book he reads.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Patrick
    MORPETH, United Kingdom
    6/13/14
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    "Painfully Poignant"

    It took awhile to get into gear, a painful (necessary) review and then it built and rose a searing block of grief and misunderstanding and loss and more grief and resolution, lovely therapeutic listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jeannette
    Chichester, United Kingdom
    11/14/14
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    "exquisitely written and beautifully read"
    Where does The Heroes' Welcome rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    so delighted to find this sequel to My Dear I wanted to tell you. Beautifully read by Dan Stevens and his characterisations are superb Louisa Young's insights into the thoughts of her characters are wonderfully scripted and you become so embroiled in each person's persona.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The end was very satisfying and completed the stories well. However Louisa if you want to write another follow up please do!


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

    Absolutely and carried it around with me all the time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sandra
    Enniscorthy, Ireland
    7/12/14
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    "Deeply, deeply moving. Incredible insight."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Heroes' Welcome to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version, I cannot imagine how it could best this excellent audio.


    What other book might you compare The Heroes' Welcome to, and why?

    The prequel was also wonderful and gave an atmospheric lead into this book.


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

    Dan Steven's is superb in both books ( had me in tears on a sunny summers day!!)


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The culmination of Julia's plight


    Any additional comments?

    I will listen to both books again. Wonderful audio!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sue
    NORTHWICH, United Kingdom
    7/7/14
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    "Incredible"
    What made the experience of listening to The Heroes' Welcome the most enjoyable?

    Everything: the brilliant narrator (handsome Dan Stevens from Downton Abbey), the quality of the writing, the in-depth, well-developed characters, the overall story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the characters are so real, complex and well crafted, it's hard to believe they've been conjured up in Louisa Young's imagination. You fall for all of them. I suppose if pushed I'd have to choose Riley because he is woven into the very centre of the story, although I love Rose, too.


    What does Dan Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Dan Stevens is outstanding as a narrator. He brings real personality to the characters and even if he just read out a single sentence without telling you directly who is speaking, you'd know from the way he uses his voice.


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

    Yes, definitely. I found it hard to drag myself away from it.


    Any additional comments?

    Read My Dear I Wanted To Tell You, the prequel, before reading this book. It's essential. And you won't regret it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Irene
    London, United Kingdom
    6/26/14
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    "Left wanting more"

    I really enjoyed this sequel to "My dear I wanted to tell you".The aftermath of the First World War was very hard for the survivors, most of whom did not want or could not talk about their harrowing experiences.
    After the intensity of the story during the first post war year I felt a bit cheated jumping 8 years and I am eagerly awaiting a continuation of the story. Dan Stevens is a magnificent reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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