I thought this was going to be a quiet read, no real drama – but it turned out to be full of life’s dramas and I loved the way it was written through a tired old ladies fading eyes. It describes a time in England which has passed, and id detail – she shows up what a lost time was really like, how it would have been to have lived then – and it’s not that long ago, yet unrecognisable now.
Set in the first world war times – the English summer splintered and families are torn apart. But the social changes and the emancipation needs of women were demonstrated. The differences in the lives of the rich and the servants as eloquently demonstrated in the small daily acts, so naturally written into the fabric of the book.
I’m not a fan of changing dates and putting the happenings out of chronological order – but here it was so nicely done that it all just seemed to fit seamlessly together. The book had to end and I was sorry when I turned to the last page. I have felt I had lived with the characters for a while.
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