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Can a family's mannered traditions and cool emotions erase the horrors of war from a young couple's past? 

From New York Times best-selling author Philippa Gregory, Fallen Skies takes listeners to post-World War I England in a suspenseful story about the marriage of a wealthy war hero and an aspiring singer he barely knows.  

Lily Valance is determined to forget the horrors of the war by throwing herself into the decadent pleasures of the 1920s and pursuing her career as a music hall singer. When she meets Captain Stephen Winters, a decorated veteran, she's immediately drawn to his wealth and status. And Stephen, burdened by his guilt over surviving the Flanders battlefields where so many soldiers perished, sees the possibility of forgetting his anguish in Lily, but his family does not approve.  

Lily marries Stephen, only to discover that his family's façade of respectability conceals a terrifying combination of repression, jealousy and violence. When Stephen's terrors merge dangerously close with reality, the truth of what took place in the mud and darkness brings him and all who love him to a terrible reckoning.

©2015 Philippa Gregory (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Warning for PTSD and Veterans.

Awesome story by Philippa Gregory. Though trigger warning mentions rape, spousal abuse, and early psychiatric treatments.

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great performance

The reader was very good. Always love listening to her. The story was ok..:at times it was difficult to tell who the “bad” guy was as both characters seemed to be a bit unhinged. Also a pretty predictable ending. Not my favorite of hers overall.

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Ending felt rushed

I absolutely love Bianca Amato and thought she did an amazing job like she has with many other books by this author.
The characters were vibrant and rich and I fell in love with each of them, aside from Steven of course. But I also love to hate a character so disliking Steven was acceptable.

There were points where I physically cringed at the violence. I’ve read almost all of this authors books and this is hands down the most violent and horrifying. But I don’t think that makes the book bad, just possibly triggering.

My only qualm with the book was that the ending felt very rushed. She could have easily taken out a rape scene and spent that time and energy fleshing out the ending more.
I thought the ending was good, heart wrenching and fitting -but it could have been better and would have moved me to tears if it wasn’t so abrupt.
Also left you at a bit of a cliff hanger as well. A lot of loose threads and assumptions left to be made.

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NOT HER BEST

Certainly not the best of Philippa Gregory’s novels, and I think I’ve read them all. The greatest annoyance for me was the constant use of the word”little.” Everything was “little.” Her little hands; her little gloves; her little hat; her little room; her little EVERYTHING! After a while I just laughed every time the word was used. Who edits her books? Really! The story was a “little” predictable, but entertaining.
As always, Bianca Amato was flawless. Without her, I would not have stayed with the story.

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surprisingly satisfying story!

Surprisingly satisfying story and characterizations and excellent narration. Interesting time period of World War One.

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Sequel?

Wanted the story go on to see the bad guys get their due. Wonderful acting by the narrator of this story. The story eas well written and very suspenseful.

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Horrible. Simply utterly horrible

Older man obsessed over young woman described to be childlike and innocent. Almost a rape book