The Foreign Field: The Morland Dynasty, Book 31 Mass Market Paperback – 5 Nov 2009
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It was very moving in places but I found myself "skimming" pages of battle detail to get on to the real story - that's why I only gave it 4 stars.
But at the moment there is a lot about the W1. It is very good, but it is carried into about
4 of the books. So it is a lot of battles and a lot of deaths, and some very sad and shocking
scenes at the battles. But going on over 4 books is too much, I can see why she did it, but
in some ways because the people who read her books will be mainly female, it could be too
much of the battles
Length of each book. Some are up to 7000 pages plus whilst others number 32 included have up to 600.
It seems that the editors could have had the size of each book more e enjoy. Especially as the price of each book doesn't vary much!
The latest in the series is just as page turning as the rest, full of interesting historical developments and I for one, can't wait for the next one to be written, to find the outcome, I just hope she writes all 34 and more.
In this book, we reach 1917 - the third year of the Great War. Previously two of the Morland sons have died in the war; however the rest of the family battle on. Some of the family are fighting in France, but, as the book progresses, more of the events of 1917 are introduced and we are given a first-hand insight into the Russian Revolution from the point of view of the Russian Royal Family, as one of the Morland sons works for them as a trusted diplomat and go-between for the British and the Tsar.
On the home front, more children are born and life goes on; but not without hardships and difficulties. Zeppelin and Gotha raids over London and the South East take their toll in an extremely sad way; and certain food items become increasingly hard to obtain, resulting in a type of voluntary rationing.
There is happiness as well as great sadness in this book which continues the Morland traditions; however, with each book now only covering a year of history - and each book coming out roughly a year after the previous; one has to ask oneself: - will she ever complete the series and bring us to the present day, as she originally intended?
I have to say - I sincerely hope that she will!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great insight into the war and how it affected love, life and family member losses - a great read - onto book 32Published 13 months ago by Susan
What can I say? The same very high standard of all 30 Dynasty books which preceed it. As usual can't wait for the next Dynasty bookPublished on 7 July 2014 by Mrs. R. K. Toop
Once again Cynthia Harrod-Eagles brings us a very poignant look at a period in our history when so much life was lost. She makes the time come alivePublished on 10 Aug. 2013 by angela kent
Anyone looking for a cracking good saga could do no better than the Morlands. I simply love them all. The strong woman and the insight into the times. C. Read morePublished on 24 Jun. 2013 by Sus1e