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Fallen Skies [Kindle Edition]

Philippa Gregory
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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Terrific novel set in the Roaring Twenties, reissued to accompany Philippa Gregory’s bestselling novel, The Other Boleyn Girl

Lily Valance wants to forget the war. She's determined to enjoy the world of the 1920s, with its music, singing, laughter and pleasure. When she meets Captain Stephen Winters, a decorated hero back from the Front, she's drawn to his wealth and status. In Lily he sees his salvation – from the past, from the nightmare, from the guilt at surviving the Flanders plains where so many were lost.

But it's a dream that cannot last. Lily has no intention of leaving her singing career. The hidden tensions of the respectable facade of the Winters household come to a head. Stephen's nightmares merge ever closer with reality and the truth of what took place in the mud and darkness brings him and all who loves him to a terrible reckoning…

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Praise for ‘Fallen Skies’:

‘Superbly crafted…a fine book.’ Daily Mail

‘Round of applause.’ Frank Delaney, Sunday Times

Praise for Philppa Gregory:
‘Written from instinct, not out of calculation, and it shows.’
Peter Ackroyd, The Times


Praise for 'Fallen Skies': 'Superbly crafted!a fine book.' Daily Mail 'Round of applause.' Frank Delaney, Sunday Times Praise for Philppa Gregory: 'Written from instinct, not out of calculation, and it shows.' Peter Ackroyd, The Times

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1267 KB
  • Print Length: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (11 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Z4QSYS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,576 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Gregory was an established historian and writer when she discovered her interest in the Tudor period and wrote the internationally bestselling novel The Other Boleyn Girl. Now she is looking at the family that preceded the Tudors: the magnificent Plantaganets, a family of complex rivalries, loves, and hatreds.

Her other great interest is the charity that she founded nearly twenty years ago: Gardens for The Gambia. She has raised funds and paid for 140 wells for the primary schools of this poor African country.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, if you like Gregory, you'll love this! 12 Jan. 2008
By L. Bretherton VINE VOICE
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totally different from her other historical novels, this book has more in common with "The Little House". There is that same pulsing sense of foreboding, in that you know the ending is going to be awful, but you are not sure just how awful it can be. The characters are very well drawn, although you might not sympathise with any of them, because they are all flawed in some way. I did feel the book was overlong, and I got VERY tired of hearing of the menu of every meal that Lily ate, but I have to agree that the final few chapters build to a stupendous climax, and I could NOT put it down, staying in bed to read on and on...
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! 9 April 2007
I read this book after my mother lent it to me, and I couldn't put it down. It is possible to feel sympathy for all the characters, even the captain, and my heart almost stopped as I got to the end. It was one of those books that I wanted to finish so badly I was walking down London streets reading it, but a book that I enjoyed so much that I didn't want it to end. It has been my top book of the year so far and I have recommended it to almost everyone!

It is a tragedy, but one that is handled with sensitivity and empathy.

The reason behind the title is also very powerful.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling 9 Jun. 2002
By A Customer
I love Philippa Gregory's books and this one was no exception! The story is set in the early 1920s, when England is just recovering from the Great War, but also when its aftermath is all too evident with the presence of war-wounded and shell-shocked casualties. Lily, a chorus girl shielded from the effects of war by her protective mother, meets Stephen, a war "hero" who is troubled by nightmares of his memories as an officer in the trenches. As the story unfolds, Lily learns to live with the upper-class ways of her new family against all odds, against the backdrop of a dark, sinister secret. Ms Gregory eases the reader into the story by giving an insight into each character's life and personality until, before your know it, you are swept up by the pace of the novel until you cannot bear to put the book down! A truly engrossing read, which makes the reader feel as if she or he can 'see' inside each character's head and the life they are living every moment. Superb!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good read 16 Jan. 2008
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After enjoying Philippa Gregory's novels set in the Tudor times I was inquisitive to see how she would depict a very different era. She didn't disappoint.I loved the book. It really gave you a sense of the time,attitudes to women, upper middleclass life and at the same time, how times were changing! As the reader you get inside the unhealthy mind of Captain Winters and know from the start that his 'love' for Lily isn't as it should be. Poor Lily - the sex ..aghhhhhhh!!!!Like the other reviewers, I found I was racing through to see how it was all going to end - while at the same time not wanting it to end!!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not another "The Other Bolyen Girl." 3 Aug. 2008
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Gregory is one of my favorite authors. Her "factual fiction" books of English royalty are well-written, thought-provoking, and undeniably interesting. However, I have read two of her books that are different from this style: "The Little House" and "Fallen Skies". The first was well-written, with a twist I think we've all considered at one time. "Fallen Skies" was boring, with an ending easily figured out after reading a few chapters. If you are a fan of romance novels, then "Fallen Skies" may be for you. It's just not to my taste.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! 11 Sept. 2012
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I'm a big fan of historical fiction - particularly stories set in the first world war and the 1920s, so was immediately drawn to this novel by Philippa Gregory, especially after enjoying several of her other books. Fallen Skies didn't disappoint, and I would say it's my favourite Philippa Gregory novel so far.

Fallen Skies is set in the 1920s, in an England still recovering from and scarred by the horrors of the First World War. Without giving away too much, it tells the story of Lily Valance, a young music-hall singer, and Captain Stephen Winters, a former soldier looking for an escape from his terrible memories. They meet after Stephen watches her perform one night and is captivated by her - he sees Lily as a way to become happy again as she has no connection with the war. The story traces their lives and the events that arise over the next year or two as Lily strives to further her singing career and their lives become more and more entwined.

Lily is young, beautiful and frivolous; she hates hearing anything to do with the war, and feels it marred her childhood because it prevented her from doing things she wanted. A little selfish, you might think! Well, yes, that was my first impression of Lily - however, I definitely grew to like her more as the story progressed. She develops into a caring, affectionate young woman and I found myself willing her on - and really disliking Stephen. Through his actions (most towards Lily and his own father, who is bed-ridden after a stroke) Stephen is painted as a manipulative and thoroughly unpleasant individual who is difficult to warm to, although I did feel sympathy towards him due to the awful things he has been through during the War.

I really enjoyed this story and couldn't put it down.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars What I thought
At first I thought the story was very slow
Then halfway through it started to get interesting.
It was ok
Published 23 hours ago by Marie Salt
5.0 out of 5 stars a masterpiece
A masterpiece from Philippa Gregory, so different from her historical novels (although it is set in the 1920s). Read more
Published 2 days ago by MRS EVELYN A ROONEY
4.0 out of 5 stars A little predictable, but gripping towards the end. ...
A little predictable, but gripping towards the end. It helped me to understand why my grandfather would never talk about his experiences in the first world war.
Published 4 days ago by buxom
5.0 out of 5 stars Libby
I love Philippa Gregory books and this one didn't dissapoint me enjoyed every page
Published 8 days ago by liz spillane
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Quality writing based on thorough research as expected by this Author
Published 9 days ago by susan ord
4.0 out of 5 stars Fallen skies
Took a while to get into this book and nearly gave up. Skipped a lot of text about memories of the trenches which was repetitive . However if you stick with it a good read.
Published 10 days ago by Jeannette Anderson
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not the Philippa Gregory I've been used to. I would check more carefully before purchasing again.
Published 12 days ago by M I Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent and up to the author's usual standard
Published 13 days ago by Jaws
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding.
A powerful story, full of complex characters, reflecting the social nuances of the early 20th century. A thoroughly good read.
Published 13 days ago by Butler john
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good read. Change from her usual historical romances
Really good read. Change from her usual historical romances. Gave a good insight into the first world war and the horror of the trenches.
Published 13 days ago by MARILYN HARRISON
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