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In Falling Snow [Paperback]

Mary-Rose MacColl
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25 Mar 2013
Iris is getting old. A widow, her days are spent living quietly and worrying about her granddaughter, Grace, a headstrong young doctor. It's a small sort of life. But one day Iris receives something unexpected in the post - an invitation to a WWI reunion in France. Determined to go, Iris is overcome by memories of the past and of her journey to France in 1914, where she followed her young brother Tom, intending to bring him home to safety. But on her way to find Tom, Iris discovers the old abbey of Royaumont, where a group of women work to set up a field hospital. Putting her fears aside, Iris decides to stay and help. It is at Royaumont that she truly comes of age, finding her capability and her strength, discovering her passion for medicine, making friends with the vivacious Violet and falling in love. But war is a brutal thing, and there is a terrible price that Iris has to pay - a price that will echo down the generations.

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (25 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749013338
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749013332
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'There's a lot to love about this book: the writing is beautiful, the characters stay with you long after you've finished, and the story includes three of my favourite things - history, mystery and memory...such a treat' Kate Morton, author of The House at Riverton 'Wise, tender and above all a terrific read' Good Book Guide 'Beautifully told, mesmerising characters.' Booksmonthly 'An evocative and intriguing tale ... Encapsulates the horrors of war and the powerful legacy of love' Bookseller and Publisher

About the Author

Mary-Rose MacColl grew up in Brisbane, Australia, with her parents, both journalists, and three brothers. MacColl worked as a journalist, nursing assistant, photocopier operator and corporate writer while studying towards degrees in journalism and creative writing. She is the author of four novels and a non-fiction book, as well as short stories, feature journalism and essays.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read 11 Nov 2013
I did not purchase this from Amazon but from a book rummage sale. It is a wonderful book; I thoroughly enjoyed it. It goes back and forth between the life of a WWI volunteer nurse and a generation later. Very well written and an easy and absorbing read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful story 30 Nov 2013
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This story is beautifully told. I had to make myself measure out how much time I spent absorbed in it otherwise I wouldn't have done anything else but read! It is about a young Australian woman's experience in France during 1914-1918 and her grand-daughter's life, each telling how certain times in their lives unfold, the links and the consequences. The background is based on facts about hospitals run by Scottish female doctors in the Great War and about young 'men' (boys really, aged under 16) who enlisted. There are loves and losses but I won't spoil the story by giving any more details; only to say that although there were clues as to what the ending would be, it took me by surprise and brought tears to my eyes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Untold Stories 27 Nov 2013
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This beautifully crafted novel takes us beyond the front line of war, to a place of suffering, compassion and finally to some degree of comfort and acceptance. Dreadful injury and moral consequence are threads which run through a cleverly controlled dual narrative.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 20 Jun 2014
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Absolutely loved this book,couldn't wait to get home from work to continue reading it.l think the way she mixed the past and present was fantastic ,l cried my eyes out at times and the way the book ended was not the way I expected which made it an even better read!Can't wait to read more of her books .
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful 17 Jun 2014
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A well told story spanning one woman's life during World War 1 and after.
It captures the mood of war, its horror and the men and women who lived and
suffered through it. Two connected lives are the main thrust of the story and the
author moves between the two seamlessly with the war story particularly well
imagined. I recommend it
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars memories 14 Feb 2014
By Katy
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I loved this story. A very sensitive story covering three generations and as many countries. It showed how events and mistakes and lies of the past can rear ugly heads and affect the lives of the innocent in our modern generation. Anyone loving a good story will enjoy reading this..
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5.0 out of 5 stars A CRACKING READ! 26 Jan 2014
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Historically interesting, a complex story of female emancipation, with a twist in the tail or is it tale! Respect to past generations.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A superb read 8 Oct 2014
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This is a very cleverly written book that will warm your heart telling a story of the first world war based in and around an actual Cistercian Abbey
Whilst the story is mainly fictitious, some of the characters are based on the women who helped to build and run a field hospital.
I would definitely like to read some more of M MacColl
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