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Good but not brilliant,
This review is from: My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You (Paperback)
I picked up this book and expected another birdsong and in that respect I was disappointed, I do not think it is in the same league but, having said that, it is still a good book. The book covers many issues of the time, women's roles in society, the class system and of course the war and all that that brings about. However I felt it tried to do too much and so didn't do as well as it could have. Whilst I presume the premise of Julia's character was to show how woman left behind, not trained or prepared for anything other than a good marriage struggled, in their own way, as much as the men I felt the character was one dimensional - I struggled to find any empathy or much sympathy for her character and ended the book knowing that her absence from the story would not have detracted from it, for me. Her husband, though less one dimensional, also I feel, needed to be better drawn and explained. The characters of Riley, Rose, Nadine and in many ways Ainsworth, Couch and Ferdnand etc etc carried the story for me. So all in all I enjoyed the book but can't help feeling slightly disappointed in it.