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In the aftermath of the Great War, the de Witt family are struggling to piece together the shattered fragments of their lives.

Rudolf and his wife, Verena, are still reeling from the loss of their second son and don't know how to function in the postwar world. Stoneythorpe Hall has become an empty shell, with no servants to ensure its upkeep.

Celia, the de Witts' youngest daughter, is still desperate to spread her wings and see more of the world. To escape Stoneythorpe and the painful secrets that lie there, she moves to London and embraces life and love in the Roaring '20s.

©2015 Kate Williams (P)2015 Orion Publishing Group

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  • 11-18-17

Fell Short

It was well read but the storyline was predictable and the character development never really made up for it.

The story was told from the perspective of three characters but it was hard to see how some parts/perspectives added to the story. Many of the sub plots were underdeveloped, unrelated to what appeared to be the key theme, and/or lacked satisfying conclusions, though more time was often spent on these sub plots, than the titled plot.

The court aspects also annoyed me. Even back in the war years I don't believe the lawyer would have gotten away with the hearsay, speculation, and storytelling as described which made the whole thing seem like a farce.

Overall, It was fine for a long car journey but not a satisfying or gripping tale.