As war moves ever closer, the sleepy English village of Crowmarsh Priors settles into a new sort of normal: Evacuees from London are billeted in local homes. The nightly German air raids become grimly mundane. Rationing curtails every comfort. Men leave to fight and die. And five women forge a bond of friendship that will change their lives forever in this engrossing novel of loyalty, loss, and love in the shadow of World War II.
With the hardships of war intensifying every day, the women band together to defeat formidable enemies and find remarkable strength within themselves to help one another. It is a war-forged loyalty certain to endure years and distance. When four of the women return for a celebration 50 years later, their mission is not simply to commemorate or remember. They’ve returned to confront a traitor whose actions cost countless lives — and to avenge one of their own at last.
©2011 Heley Bryan (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Not very highly...because the audio was difficult to understand. The narrator was attempting to imitate the cockney Brit accents or deep Irish brogues and ended up making it almost impossible to clearly 'get' what she was saying at times.
See comments above. Less accent, more enunciation.
No....took me a few months. Not something that gripped you
Would have been only 3 stars, but it picked up the pace at the end. At least it gave the story a close with it's prologue.
The narrator really brought this sorry to life! The accents and c hanging off voice made it really easy to follow the characters. Again wonderful narrator!
The story of 5 women who came of age during that time and how their lives crossed in a small English Village.
The five characters were from all over Austria, New Orleans, and England. All five were women with spunk and forbearance to survive.
Appreciated almost everything about this historical fiction. Upbeat and hopeful despite tragic circumstances, and realistic without being gratuitous. The elderly women were referred to a tad too often by their age related physical characteristics, but I may feel that way because I am overly sensitive about my own 😌. Excellent performance.
Great story on all literary levels that falls FLAT at the end. WONDERFULLY narrated, great topic, character development, variety, plot, climax etc.....then I think JJ Abrams hijacked the book and threw together an ending unworthy of the book. If you know that ahead of time, the journey is worth it.
This well written and narrated book pulled me into the story about a small group of women brought together during WWII. It elicited emotions towards the characters and sadness when the book ended. It left me wanting more.
I So enjoyed this book. I love stories set in England around the time of WWII and this book did not disappoint. Bryant entwined unique characters,brought them together, and we the readers could feel,smell, and experience the events as they unfolded. I Loved the way she took the events of history and created these characters who made history jump off the page. It was only my 2nd audible book and I chose audible so I could listen while I quilted. At first, I wasn't so sure I was going to like all the different accents the narrator had to use but I got used to it or at least it didn't detract from the storyline like it did at first. People trying to "do" a Southern accent when they are in no way from the south, irritate me to no end. All in all I thoroughly enjoyed the book and loved the ending/epilogue!!!
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