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Rosie Thomas
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7 Mar 2002
From the author of "Bad Girls, Good Women", this story is set in Britain and Germany between the two World Wars, and tells of the families of beautiful twin sisters, one of whom marries a British peer and the other a university professor, a European-Jewish refugee.

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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd; New edition edition (7 Mar 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099406497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099406495
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11.2 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,625,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rosie Thomas writes for magazines and newspapers as well as her fiction. When not writing she spends her time travelling and mountaineering. In 1997 she competed in the Peking to Paris Motor Rally, and she has climbed Mont Blanc as well as travelling to Everest and the Antarctic. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Saga of Love, Jealousy and War 10 Jun 2013
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Rosie Thomas's big historical novel (another one that's nearly the size of 'War and Peace' though much quicker to get through!) is a sweeping family saga, telling the story of the Hirsh and Leominster families from the Edwardian era to the start of World War II, with 'flashforwards' into the present, where Elizabeth Ainger, granddaughter of politician Grace Brock, nee Leominster, is trying to write her grandmother's biography and uncover some family secrets.

Eleanor and Blanche Holborough are twin sisters, from an upper class background, who, at the end of the Victorian era, marry very different men. Blanche marries landowner Sir John Leominster, with the practical thought that she 'can grown to love him', and moves to his beautiful Shropshire estate, Stretton. Eleanor marries Nathaniel Hirsh, a Jewish Oxford don. The sisters remain close, and when their first daughters are born within a couple of hours of each other they vow that the girls will be as close as they. But it's not that simple. As Grace Leominster and Clio Hirsh, and their siblings, grow up, complex emotions begin to simmer. Grace envies Clio her good education, intelligence and laid back family life. Clio, on the other hand, envies the way Grace has of monopolizing everyone's attention, particularly when both Clio's brothers - her older brother Jake and her twin brother Julius - fall in love with Grace. She also increasingly feels that Grace is out to 'take things away from her', particularly when, during World War I Grace seduces a young wounded officer who the Hirshes are caring for, and when Grace beds a painter painting the girls' portrait, a painter that Clio was falling in love with. As the years pass, the cousins' lives evolve very differently.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Rosie Thomas book that you can't put down! 12 April 2014
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I am 48% through this book at present, on my Kindle, and am "sparing" 2 minutes to write this brief review.Basically, it's extremely difficult to put it down, so I thoroughly recommend it! A really interesting, fascinating and gripping story. One of my favourites of hers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Huge Novel in More Ways Than One 21 April 2012
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For this huge family saga, Rosie Thomas has borrowed the final lines in Hamlet's "To be or not to be" soliloquy: "Nymph, in thy orisons/Be all my sins remembered" for her title and this novel really is a huge book in more ways than one.

Clio Hirsh, an elderly woman, relives her past for Elizabeth Ainger, a family relative and biographer of Clio's cousin, the beautiful and destructive, Grace Stretton. While Clio delves into her memories of the past, the reader learns about the Hirsh family and the aristocratic Stretton family, covering a period from the end of the nineteenth century, through the First World War and up to the beginning of World War Two. Blanche and Eleanor Holborough, twin daughters of Sir Hubert Holborough and painted by John Singer Sargent, both marry quite different men. Blanche makes the sensible choice and marries Lord Leominster of Stretton, in Shropshire ("If I don't love him now, I can learn to" she tells her sister), and Eleanor follows her heart and marries Nathaniel Hirsh, an Oxford Don and a Jew. Between them Blanche and Eleanor have a large family of children, but it is the 'charmed circle' of Jake Hirsh, twin brother and sister Julius and Clio Hirsh, and their cousin, Grace Stretton, which takes the centre stage in this story.

As the children grow into adulthood we read about Jake's longing for his cousin Grace; we learn about his decision to become a doctor and of his experiences in the first war, which affect him so greatly that when he returns from the war, he puts aside his feelings for Grace and marries Ruth, an efficient and practical young nurse and becomes a GP for London's poor.
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3.0 out of 5 stars period story 17 Feb 2014
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this is a great read. great descriptive writing and exciting characters set in locations of interest. long story b... bt an easy read
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