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Sherry D. Johnson
3.0 out of 5 starsMain characters continue, but new are added & and interwoven into the story, BUT....
Reviewed in the United States on December 14, 2018
I was disappointed, given that this IS a series, and are not lengthy books, that the author felt it was necessary to use up so much time, rehashing who the main characters were and stories. I think she could have just blended the end of the first book into the start of the second book in a more imaginative way. Maybe put the sheet, describing the characters, that she inserted at the end of the first book, instead, as a preface in the second one of the series...for anyone that had missed reading the first one. For the rest of us....I am sure we know who the characters are. If she feels she has to reintroduce the characters to me, again, in the next book, wasting valuable story building pages, I will discontinue reading the series, as the cost will not warrant the amount of interesting reading time I get out of the book. The eventual new story line was good & I enjoyed it, but the book seemed shorter because of this repetition.
I absolutely love this series. I'm currently on my 4th book. I've been transported to Cliffhaven during WW II and I'm realizing more and more about how it was for everyone living through this hell. I plan on reading all the books of the series.
5.0 out of 5 starsFantastic! historical perspective, detail & people you can't help but adore.
Reviewed in the United States on November 23, 2013
If you're a fan of British WWII novels, as seen through the lives of everyday people, Ellie Dean's Beach View series is a MUST!! If you've not had the pleasure & are just delving in, this is book 2.
You will fall in love with the Reilly family & all the people who are billeted at their home as they keep up their spirits and fortitude despite bombs dropping, incredible rationing, sacrifice. The indomitable spirit of the British people which shines through is inspiring, even these 60-odd years later.
Having been to Britain numerous times, I want to go back and visit these towns with a fresh set of eyes.
5.0 out of 5 starsBack to the Beachview Boarding house
Reviewed in the United States on February 18, 2013
Peggy has her house full with nurses that help at the hospital. Polly has transferred to Cliffhaven as her injured husband is in hospital there and she wants to be near him. Her daughter is sent to Canada with Polly's mother and sister and she comes to nurse at Cliffhaven hospital. Meanwhile Danuta from Czekoslavia reaches the boarding house from escaping Europe only days after her brother has died helping the English airforce. Another delightful tale showing off not just the traumas of the time but the Reilly family and their true heart.
5.0 out of 5 starsA fabulous, fabulous series about the inhabitants of English seaside boarding house during WWII.
Reviewed in the United States on August 29, 2015
Ellie Dean has written a fabulous series depicting how the inhabitants of a seaside town and boarding house survive WWII. The hardships, rationing, bombings, romances, deaths, estrangements, jobs, and love of family are brought to life by Ms. Dean. As I read, I was transported to 1940s England. I loved every one of the eight books in the series.
5.0 out of 5 starsAnother wonderful tale from the pen of Ellie Dean...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 26, 2013
Far From Home by Ellie Dean is the second book in the series and once again we are brought into the life of Peggy Riley and her family, not forgetting the waif and strays she has a habit of giving shelter to in her boarding house which she inherited from her parents. Within this book the main characters include Polly who has to say goodbye to her darling daughter Alice, as her mother and sister is taking Alice along with her cousins to safety in Canada for the duration of the war. There is also a Polish girl, sister of Alex who we met in the last book who was killed in action her name is Danuta a girl with so many hidden qualities but she soon shows what she is truly capable of. Danuta is like no other girl at that age she has seen things that no-one should ever have to experience but she has faced the tragedies in war torn Poland and many other countries as she fled from the Nazi's. But as always we are given enough background information about the characters therefore it is impossible to stop reading until I get to the last page to see what happens to each of the occupants of Beach View. Why I love Ellie Dean as an author she has a gift of showing the readers the scenes she paints using words, as a reader I can see through her words what the devastation and heartache people faced in a daily way throughout the Second World War. She also has a gift of giving us characters which will touch the reader so much that personally for me I cannot wait until I get the next book for myself to see what is happening within the walls of Beach View Boarding House. Though the girls who are living with Peggy are far from home, they soon feel the love and care Peggy has a knack of providing just at the right time, always ready for a cup of tea and chat no matter how weak the tea is her heart is always ready for more people to love and guide in her own special way even while dealing with the charades of her own family who constantly keep her on her toes waiting for the next thing to provide a few upsets along the way. I highly recommend Far From Home by Ellie Dean as a brilliant read and a wonderful next instalment for Peggy Riley and her mixture of tenants who all need her at different times throughout the book. This is one read which you will not be disappointed with as with the many talents Ellie possesses she keeps us readers entertained throughout.
2.0 out of 5 starsGood books but not as good of copies that i would have liked.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 15, 2019
I bought a few of these books for my mother who collects, The Cliffehaven series by Ellie Dean. She says the books are an excellent read but the quality of these second hand books were far from what I expected. I bought these from this seller, as they were listed as being in very good condition but I would not have classed the books that arrived as very good.
Vivid descriptions of life and hardships during the 2 nd world war this set with the heartwarming and also sometimes heartbreaking tales of the lives of the residents of Beach view boarding house On to book 3 in the series Would recommend these books to anyone who likes to get lost into a family saga
5.0 out of 5 starsCliffehaven Book 2 And It Gets Better!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 22, 2020
I find that often a second book in a series can be a let-down but that is certainly not the case with Ellie Dean! Marvellous book, interesting from beginning to end. I love this series and am so pleased I have plenty more of them to read. Enthralling from Page 1 Well done Ellie!
5.0 out of 5 starsBeach View Boarding House Book 2)
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 16, 2015
I thoroughly enjoyed this second book, Far From Home.The hopes and fears of the character's in this book are immense,Reading the story's and the journey's of the people that came together,in Beach View Boarding House and showed the compassion they felt for one another.Every character had their own story,and at the heart of it all came Ron, Jim and lastly Peggy, who at times had problems of her own, but became Mother to them all. Would definitely recommend this book I found it hard to put the book down. I am looking forward to reading the last book in the trllogy.