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OK read - but step away from Google Translate!!
on 10 March 2012
I hadn't realised that this was a follow on book from the first title, Belle, and felt that there was a lot of trying to remind readers of her previous somewhat difficult life before we got on with the story here. Once we did, the book and the story of Belle, her husband Jimmy and friend Mog was an engaging enough one that seemed well researched with its WW1 setting and a reminder of quite how much the world post war has changed in the last century, in particular for women.
This certainly isn't high literature, but for those who enjoy the genre it's well enough written - bar the interactions of the French characters, notably the attractive Etienne from Belle's past whose dialogue had interjections in French in parts that owed more to Google Translate than any properly researched french (call me picky but speaking French fluently I struggled with the laugh out loud badly translated sentences that would have been better being left out from the book or being edited by someone with a knowledge of French).
That said the relationship between the female characters was convincing and heart-warming, the best parts of the book probably being the relationship between Belle and Miranda, from a different class entirely. I found the ending a little bit convenient and predictable but satisfying none the less and fans of this writer are sure to enjoy this release. I enjoyed it, but I just didn't think it was a book that will stay with me.