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.
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!!!
This book was not only the story of four war brides, but also of the courage and suffering of a nation. How the four brides come together and bravely help each other and their village during WW2 was sometimes too heart wrenching. The ending regarding Sir Hugo seemed out of place in the story. Overall an excellent book.
I had difficulty understanding the British accents.
I think the story was a good one.
I enjoy reading about the war.
If you are looking for a good book to read look no farther. Excellent characters and storyline. The writing is vivid and you could imagine the struggles of living in war torn England.
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