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The House of Flowers | [Charlotte Bingham]

The House of Flowers

1941. England is at its lowest ebb. At Eden Park, where Poppy, Kate, Lily, Marjorie, and her adopted brother Billy are part of the espionage unit, the authorities have discovered there is a double agent operating in their midst. Lily volunteers to be dropped into France, only to discover that her partner is Scott, Poppy's fiance.
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1941. England is at its lowest ebb. At Eden Park, where Poppy, Kate, Lily, Marjorie, and her adopted brother Billy are part of the espionage unit, the authorities have discovered there is a double agent operating in their midst. Lily volunteers to be dropped into France, only to discover that her partner is Scott, Poppy's fiance. As further agents are wiped out by the informant at Eden Park, and Billy's life is threatened, Jack Ward, the spymaster, is forced to take measures to uncover the identity of the traitor.

©2004 Charlotte Bingham; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    "Just love the style"

    I enjoyed this book almost from the first few paragraphs and it delighted me as it went on to a very interesting plot. The description of the war time rationing and the way of life was something I knew about from my grandmother but the story helped me understand how the people coped with everyday life. I fell in love with the characters, reveled in the thrill of being a spy. enjoyed the travelling with the agents. Well done well researched.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lily ConcordAustralia 03-08-06
    Lily ConcordAustralia 03-08-06 Member Since 2004
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    Not that I am an expert on WWII and MI5 but I found this book and thoroughly enjoyable.

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    Rollin Cholula, Mexico 06-22-13
    Rollin Cholula, Mexico 06-22-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Wonderful beginning but disappointing development"
    Would you try another book from Charlotte Bingham and/or Kim Hicks?

    Probably not.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Kim Hicks has a wonderful voice but she overdoes the cadences, the emphases at the end of each sentence. Her narration doesn't flow.


    Could you see The House of Flowers being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    With a good screen writer to improve on the novel, yes.


    Any additional comments?

    The novel promises to be interesting at first: a woman's view of British spies in 1940 and 1941. At first, the move back and forth from the spy story to the intimate lives of the characters is rather interesting. But Bingham loses control of the plot and characters, and it just sort of wanders off around the third chapter. I was disappointed.

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