Top critical review
on 6 July 2010
A really cute book but very confusing when one has not read all the previous books in the series. There are SO many people mentioned. I still enjoyed it since the main story is about young Jonathan Hardy, 20-year-old accountant, meeting 17-year-old Emma Somers in June 1939. They meet by chance at a lunch restaurant and Emma being an immature girl, gets in to her head that he has his designs on her and talks herself in to believing that he is following her, when it's more the reverse, she putting herself in his way on a daily basis. She falls for his country manners and when he is conscripted in to the army, she seeks him out to tell him how she feels.
In between all their lunches described, the reader meets Emma's extended family that the book series is all about. Had there not been two family trees in the beginning of the book that I could go back to over and over to see who people are, I would have been utterly lost.