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Those Who Serve
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on 6 August 2000
You felt as though you knew each character personnally and really cared about what happened to them. The author's description of the 1960's is so accurate and observant as is her recollection of the Naval life it brought memories flooding back to me. I felt as though I had stepped back in time to yesterday and my own young married life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Marcia Willett has again produced a lengthy saga, that has links to Hattie's Mill and other stories. A lovely gentle read. If you like the style of Rosamunde Pilcher, and love the West Country, then read this!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 5 January 2011
Absolutely beautifully written, didn't want it to end, emotional rollercoaster from start to finish, If you like Marcia Willett then you will not be disappointed. The characters almost become people you know!
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on 10 May 2014
Kate and Cass are close friends with very different outlooks. One stays in an unhappy marriage, the other has many affairs. The first chapter is a ‘flash-forward’ to an event in Cass’s life, and clearly overshadows the whole book. Well-written and believable, with hope in the midst of pain.

I first read this in 2000. I enjoyed the second time of reading, too. This is Marcia Willett’s first novel, and some of the characters introduced in it re-appear in her later books. Recommended for anyone who likes character-driven light fiction.
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on 22 October 2014
I'm glad this wasn't the first Marcia Willett book I read as I wouldn't have read any others. I found this book repetitive and wearied of the descriptions of the awful married quarters and the endless mentions of the hardships of being a naval wife. I didn't find any of the characters particularly likeable which I did find in later stories about the same people. It was useful to set the scene to a certain extent but I now wish I'd bought a different book.
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on 8 May 2012
I absolutely loved this book and couldn't put it down. I was reduced to tears in parts and really felt that I got to know the characters, but did get a little mixed up with switching from each time frame. That didn't spoil my enjoyment of the story, however. Perhaps I should have anticipated the ending, but I really didn't. I was using my Kindle which I wouldn't be without having been dragged kicking and screaming to this way of reading.
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on 5 April 2013
I am one who really did not like this book at all, I found it repetative and monotonous in the extreme, however I do like Marcia Willett and have read a few I have enjoyed.
I liken this book to an old dull black and white British Movie. Cass the bed hopping Naval wife and her friends just bored me to death. I could not get to grips with the characters or their exploits really didnyt like it one jot
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on 19 May 2015
An excellent read with Marcia's usual brilliant way of writing about relationships with family and friends.
She paints such a lovely picture of Devon, exploring all it's natural beauty, both the moors and beaches. I have read many of her
books and have never been disappointed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 27 June 2010
I read this book many years ago and just wanted to remind myself of the various characters that crop up in Marcia Willett's books. I am sure that anyone who purchases this book won't be disappointed - a realy super 'read'.
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on 8 November 2011
Having read all of Marcia Willett's books and really enjoyed them I was delighted to discover her debut novel "Those Who Serve". It was a delight, well written and reminded me of Rosamunde Pilcher in style. A lovely read with great human insight.
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