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A best-selling Australian writer's American debut and a heart-wrenching novel of World War I.

Iris Crane's tranquil life is shattered when a letter summons memories from her bittersweet past: her first love, her best friend, and the tragedy that changed everything. Iris, a young Australian nurse, travels to France during World War I to bring home her 15-year-old brother, who ran away to enlist. But in Paris she meets the charismatic Dr. Frances Ivens, who convinces Iris to help establish a field hospital in the old abbey at Royaumont, staffed entirely by women - a decision that will change her life.

Seamlessly interwoven is the story of Grace, Iris' granddaughter in 1970s Australia. Together their narratives paint a portrait of the changing role of women in medicine and the powerful legacy of love.

©2013 Mary-Rose MacColl (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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A wonderful Book

This month marks the 100th anniversary of World War One, also known as The Great War. The early 20th century is my favorite period of history and some very notable books have been set in this time period. This book is probably going on my list of best reads in 2014.

Falling Snow is a beautifully written book that focusses on the lives of some very strong women, both in the past and the present. It's also a very poignant book as there was nothing about that war that wasn't sad. But it is also a very uplifting book about accomplishments, love, secrets, sorrows and survival both in the past and the present.

My only quibble with the book is that it switched back and forth between the past and the future. That's always a problem with me but if the book is good enough I don't groan too loud.

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what the heck is this book about?

What disappointed you about In Falling Snow?

7 hours into the audio and I still have no idea what is going on. I hate giving up but I can't waste anymore time on this one.

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  • jacquelynn
  • morrisville, PA, United States
  • 01-19-15

An absolute must read book

Beautifully written and narrated. I cannot say enough about this story. I had tears listening got so totally immersed in the the life of iris. magnificent story..could not stop listening. Than you mary rose!

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lovely story with lots of good lessons

beautifully written sensitive and a view of the world during World War 1 reveals The Bravery of many of the men and women

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Heartwarming

Beautifully written story of war, courage and love excellently narrated by Orlagh Cassidy drawing the reader in from the beginning.

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Many themes

This is a lovely story of war, courage and heartbreak. At first I thought it would be another angry feminist tome but it wasn't. The women portrayed were strong and capable but, as we all are, subject to the time and circumstance of their birth.
The narrator was great. I've listened to her reading the Maisey Dobbs series and this was a factor in my picking this particular book.
Lastly, this book is another window into WW1 and the great human tragedy that it was.

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One of my favorites

The story was engrossing, reminded me a bit of The Secret Keeper, but it was the narrator who kept me hypnotized. She totally became Iris for me, and yet separated the other characters seamlessly

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Surprising and delightful

I enjoyed the book and the narrator. The story is lovely and, for someone the a short attention span, kept my interest.

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Engaging book and an Excellent listen!

You will find yourself living in each scene on every page and in lockstep with all characters to whom you are introduced.