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The White Dove [Kindle Edition]

Rosie Thomas
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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"A powerful love story" (Daily Express)

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THE WHITE DOVE IS ONE OF FOURTEEN ROSIE THOMAS BESTSELLERS BEAUTIFULLY REPACKAGED IN ARROW BOOKS

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1655 KB
  • Print Length: 633 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (20 Feb 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HC1OGY6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,973 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Early novel 17 Aug 2007
Format:Paperback
I think this must be one of Rosie Thomas's earliest novels as it was originally published in 1986; the copy I have just finished was a 2002 reprint. As it is set in the twenties and thirties it does not feel at all dated, a compassionate love story that leaves you feeling at the end that you would like to know what happens to the characters in later life. I have no idea if a sequel was ever written, but I would not hesitate to read it if I came across one.
The heroine Amy Lovell feels awkward and uncomfortable living the debutante lifestyle she was born to. In the turbulent political times of pre-world war Europe she discovers life in London beyond her sheltered existence. Consequently she decides to train as a Nurse and this eventually leads her to work behind enemy lines in Spain where love and pain are both agonising.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars White Dove by Rosie Thomas 7 Jan 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I burnt the midnight oil reading this book and shall probably read it again some time. It is of course fiction, but the feelings portrayed and descriptions of the various social situations are so vivid - she must have done a great deal of research. I have read a few of her books but this one and "Iris and Ruby" are my favourites.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and absorbing read 16 Jan 2006
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Format:Paperback
This book is absolutely fantastic. It follows Amy Lovell growing up and discovering who she really is instead of being the expected 'society girl'
Amy learns how to find her own happiness rather than following in the footsteps her family members take (which aren't as perfect as they may appear to the outside world) and she sees that money certainly doesn't equal happiness.
Rosie Thomas writes in a way that brings the characters alive and makes you cry and laugh through Amy's joys and heartache.
This was the first Rosie Thomas book I read but it certainly won't be the last.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Rosie Thomas does it again. Such a prolific author. She writes with such beauty. The title means "Paloma" in Spanish. The novel is a great story filled with bittersweet loss, pain, and of course, love. I read a lot of novels. You would be amazed how much I read, but Rosie Thomas stands out from the crowd. There's no one like her. I also recommend my most favorite of all of her books, "All My Sins Remembered." This will haunt you and stay with you for a very long time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This story of Rosie Thomas, first published in 1986, is about failed love affairs.
The failed marriage of Mari and the dedicated Welsh miner and trade-union activist,
Nick Penry. And the long love affair between Amy Lovell, Lord Lovell's daughter,who,
searching an aim to her life, becomes a nurse, and the same Nick Penry. These love
affairs are situated in the turmoil of the Thirties, the Great Depression, the rise
of fascism in Europe, the anti -fascist struggle, both in the East-End of London (the
Cable Street Battle in october 1936 in which Nick participates) and in the
Spanish Civil War ,where Nick Penry joins the International Brigades,
only to face the bitter reality: the Communist Party's domination
of the idealistic anti-fascist volunteers, and even the execution of members
of the International Brigades by Moscow-based Komissars. (Ken Follett will treat
the same two subjects 26 years later, in 2012, in his book "Winter of the World"!!)

Amy follows her lover to Spain as a volunteer nurse, but Nick's suffering and
disillusion with communism will put an end to their love story. Nick becomes
a Labour MP, Amy adopts Paloma,( the" White Dove")becomes a doctor and probably a
doctor's wife. The Second World War starts and, a hundred pages too late,in
my opinion, the story ends.

Elisheva Guggenheim-Mohosh, Geneva, Switzerland
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Insight into different lives 24 July 2014
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I am a great fan of RT and this is excelling all.
I love the way each of her book subjects are so varied, a well travelled lady obviously and great at recording her memories and research on each of her books.
You can live the books, each and every one - this one especially covers so many aspects of life that I recognise and I am sure so will everyone. The characters, the time, the places and the incidents are all completely believable and real. A winner this!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another hit 23 Dec 2012
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Yet another good read from Rosie Thomas, she never fails and will be sad when I have completed reading all of her novels. Highly recommended to everyone. The book arrived in good order and in good time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 11 July 2014
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Great read as are all Rosie Thomas's books
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a truly lovely read. I was unable ...
This was a truly lovely read. I was unable to put it down and reading far into the night. A must for all Rosie Thomas fans.
Published 1 month ago by Kathleen
5.0 out of 5 stars Another triumph for Rosie Thomas
Very well written as usual, Rosie Thomas always seems to know her subject thoroughly and manages to pull all the threads of the story together well at the end.
Published 1 month ago by Rospar
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I am enjoying this book, not as much as other Rosie Thomas's books
Published 1 month ago by Diane
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent
Published 2 months ago by Alan Leigh-Browne
5.0 out of 5 stars Rosie Thomas never fails, this story covered a broad ...
Rosie Thomas never fails, this story covered a broad spectrum of well devised characters and was historically accurate, reflecting attitudes of the period.
Published 3 months ago by Jean berwick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Not read yet but love Rosie Thomas books
Published 3 months ago by arlette
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally absorbing read....
Have just finished reading this and just wanted to say how much I had enjoyed it! It's a really good read and, as always with Rosie Thomas, totally different from her other novels. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Roo B
4.0 out of 5 stars ... and at times harrowing read - I learnt a great deal about the...
A well written and at times harrowing read - I learnt a great deal about the Spanish Civil war. The ending somewhat predicable but a book that I found difficult to put down. Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. V. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good story
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. H. Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good story. Recommended.
I like most of Rosie Thomas's books. I find I get completely involved in the plot and characters, and she has the knack of making pretty unlikely events credible. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jenny
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