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on 19 February 2002
Once I reached the WWII part of this book I found it to be an enjoyable read. The author created her characters really well, and wrote with authority on the time and place. However, I was REALLY bothered by the modern day characters, especially the main one. There were so many things that grated - for instance, I know no one under the age of fifty who looks on a glass of sherry as an end-of-working-day treat. I almost threw the book aside, which would have been a shame as I would have missed the really enjoyable 1940's section. This was my first and only Elgin read and I really hope she has stuck to period sagas in her other novels as this is where she shines.