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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 51 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Oakhill Publishing
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 29 July 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005F5E6CS
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The story pops backwards and forwards in time between the war and the current time. I usually find this quite frustrating, but I quickly became quite used to it in this book and realised it was necessary for the story. My only criticism is the cover for the book depicting two fair haired girls playing in a poppy field. The author clearly tells us Nora is dark haired compared to Grace who is fair haired.
At the age of 12, Nora leaves war-torn London for the Kent countryside. Upon her arrival she is chosen by Grace Rivers, a girl the same age as herself, and so she goes to her new home. Nora and Grace quickly develop a bond like that of sisterhood, but Nora slowly develops other feelings for Grace, feelings which confuse her and torment her. It is then not long that her seemingly idyllic life begins to crumble, as she learns that not all is as it seems within the household - everyone seems to have their secrets.
But these secrets are only revealed to others as Nora is an old lady, dying of cancer. It is only because she knows she is on her way out of life that she feels comfortable to tell the truth of her past.
That is a brief synopsis. The novel flits from Nora's past, growing up with Grace, to the present, as she is dying from the disease. It is through these two narratives that we are able to witness history repeating itself and the terrible effects this may have for all concerned.
What I loved about this book was how the characters were so well realised. I felt that I knew all of them intimately, not just Nora. Hall's study of love and how it can consume you and very nearly destroy you was expertly done. Setting it against the backdrop of the Second World War, added to the effect of the book - at one point Nora can hear a nearby building being destroyed by a bomb; as she talks about this, you cannot help but think about how her world is slowly crumbling on the inside too.
I loved this book. I would highly recommend it to others.
Are we too spoiled by fiction that we expect to have to like the hero in a book. In a way, you could say that the author was brave to stick to her guns with the Noras unappealing ways. But I have to confess that Noras ways put me off the book and I was glad to finish it.