5.0 out of 5 stars
The Last Telegram, 2 Oct 2012
I was recommended this book by a relation of the author so, one could say, I was naturally predisposed to like it. Having said that the story of a family-owned silk factory is not my natural choice of reading. But, having got into it I found it a fascinating chronicle of a period I remember well, growing up in the country as a child during World War 2. The book captures the period to perfection, the rationing, the dangers, and the tragedies of people going missing or being killed. There is a strong, and quite steamy, love interest too. The affair between Lily and Stefan is graphically described as is the lesbian love affair (consummated or unconsummated ?)between Lily and Gwen after Lily's husband is reported missing and later, dead.
A book with much poignancy and an excellent read.