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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (25 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099574926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099574927
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A compelling wartime novel of love, loss and remembrance from the bestselling author of The Shopkeeper's Daughter.

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Lily Baxter lives in Dorset. She is the author of Poppy's War, We'll Meet Again, Spitfire Girl, The Girls in Blue and The Shopkeeper's Daughter. She also writes under the name of Dilly Court.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Leigh on 24 Sept. 2014
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I have to say with each book I find I enjoy Lily Baxter's writing more and more. Soon her books have become one of my most looked forward to reads and I constantly look to see when her next one comes out. So naturally with In Love and War her latest story I had hoped it would be the best yet. I was not disappointed. This story is different from her usual books. All her previous novels were set in World War Two, all of them in England (one in the occupied Channel Islands). This time the story begins at the very start of the First World War. Elsie the main character is watching the young men march off to war, no one having any idea of what lies ahead of them. Her mother is ill and she is caring for her, as well as covering for her mother who is a servant in an aristocratic home. There she meets Marianne, the daughter of the house, who bears a striking resemblance to Elsie herself. Despite the differences in their class and upbringing the two girls somehow become friends. Shortly after Elsie's mother dies from her illness, Elsie moves to London to help Belgian refugees which will lead her to the Secret Service with Marianne. Marianne and Elsie both speak French fluently and are sent behind enemy lines to report back to London. This for me was the best part. I have read a lot and watched plenty of movies and documentaries about spies during the second world war, but never the first. The only sort of spying I ever heard of was that planes would try to spot and count troops from however high planes flew in those days. The girls soon find their cover is blown when an injured soldier turns out to be an old friend. The girls are separated as Elsie escorted the injured man back to England by top secret means.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By val on 27 July 2014
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This book was slow to start but once into the characters it was a really good read,and was a real insight into the first world war.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By REO on 26 July 2014
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I enjoyed this book,once it got going, and it held my attention. I will look out for more books by this author
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A remarkable World War 1 saga about hope, courage and the ties that bind, In Love and War is the latest first-class historical tale from best-selling author Lily Baxter.

Elsie Mead has got great plans for the future – plans that do not involve spending the rest of her life in service at someone else’s beck and call. As a former lady’s maid, Elsie plans to use all the skills she had attained during her employ to open up her own hairdressing salon, but due to her mother’s illness she’s had to put her intentions on the back burner to look after her. With her mother’s medical bills to pay, Elsie has had to temporarily take up a job at Darcy Hall, the local manor house, where her talents soon impress Miss Marianne, who has just returned to England after completing her time at a posh finishing school in Switzerland. Despite the vast social chasm dividing the two girls, they soon strike up a friendship. However, Elsie does not intend to stay in Dorset for much longer. Her mother’s death and the declaration that England is at war compels Elsie to pack her bags and head for London, where she plans to do her duty for king and country.

With her aptitude for languages and her kindness and compassion, Elsie soon gets a job as an interpreter for Belgian refugees seeking shelter in England. Although the work is tiring and fulfilling, Elsie knows that she is capable of doing more. When an opportunity arises for Elsie to join the foreign office and work as an undercover spy, she jumps at the chance. Fully aware of the danger that this job entails, Elsie travels to France and is determined to do her utmost to ensure that she does not jeopardise this mission.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Egon Toast on 17 Oct. 2014
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Even if you are not familiar with the authoress, one glance at the front cover, a quick read of the blurb on the back, and you know exactly what to expect from this book. If wartime romances are your thing, you are in for a treat, plods along a bit at first, however soon gets going, taking you along with it. If this is your genre you are in for a treat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jmp on 27 Sept. 2014
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This is yet another book by Lily Baxter that I thoroughly enjoyed. Her books make you feel you know all the characters, and can picture them in the described surroundings. I was hooked from Page 1 and her next book cannot come soon enough for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms JS Hilton-Thomas on 30 Sept. 2014
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An enjoyable read that I couldn't put down about the secret army of people who helped British & other soldiers during the first world war to escape, be looked after, by putting their lives at risk doing so.
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In Love & War. this story is set in 1914. just as W.W.1 has broken out,we meet Elsie Mead the main character of the story, watching the local boys matching off to war, Elsie works at the local Manor house, dressing Mrs Masons hair in elaborate styles & also other jobs in the house, she is covering for her Mother who is very ill at home & can no longer help at the manor. Elsie becomes very friendly with Marianne the daughter of the family.at the manor, & they both long to help with the war effort & in time they go to France & become involved with helping soldiers to escape. the story is slow to start off with but holds your interest once things get more in involved.
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