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The Londoners (The Londoners Trilogy Book 1) by [Pemberton, Margaret]
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4.4 out of 5 stars 96 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in The Londoners Trilogy (3 Book Series)

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The first book in The Londoners trilogy

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Kate Voigt and her father Carl have always been at the heart of Magnolia Square. Then war breaks out, and suddenly it feels as though the Voigts - with their German blood - are outcasts in their own community. When Carl is interned, Kate's only support comes from her best friend Carrie and her beloved sweetheart Toby, who is working as a pilot in the RAF. But when Toby is killed, and Carrie suddenly turns against her, Kate finds herself pregnant and very much alone.

Late one Christmas Eve she is approached by a wounded sailor looking for lodgings. Like Kate, Leon Emmerson is also a lonely misfit and they soon strike up a rapport. But as their friendship and the war develops, and Kate experiences one traumatic event after another, she wonders if she will ever be a part of Magnolia Square again.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1139 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Main Market Ed. edition (13 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00992AYGA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 96 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #75,824 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Having been brought up within walking distance of Greenwich & Blackheath (and a post war child) I found this book quite interesting. It certainly gave me a greater understanding of the war - and the blitz - and its impact on South East London. Well informed, well written - I enjoyed this and have purchased the second in the trilogy. Easy relaxing read.
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Brilliantly written book. Well researched and gives you a true feeling of how things were during the war and after. Strong characters,who live through the terrible times. How they were affected by the war. Their prejudice and yet their ability to survive in a time of great sadness and loss.
Every family is taken through great hardships yet they stay friend's and the community is at last at peace. But at what price? What does the future hold for them as individuals? Can't wait to read the next book.
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Wonderful read, with sympathetic characters. A great piece of modern history addressing issues of racial & class prejudice in wartime London. Have hugely enjoyed the second book also & about to read the third. Highly recommend.
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A good read.
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This book transported me back in time and gave a superb inside of the hard life in london during the war. The description of the closenit community made me feel like i was part of their life. The story is full of twist and turn. I could not put it down. you will need to read also Magnolia Square and Coronation summer in that order to get the full story.ideal to take on a summer holiday.
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I don't normally write book reviews but feel this book an exception. As a Londoner I felt at one with places mentioned and this compelled purchase. The book was predictable but still very enjoyable read. I normally judge how good a book is on first chapters. If I can't wait to read more, or put it down, then its a book for me. This book fills all such criteria. At points in the book I found tears streaming down my face knowing how Londoners suffered during the blitz and how the war stretched the tolerance of all people. I can predict with ease what the next book will reveal but still feel compelled to read the other books in this triology. A wonderful read which I wholeheartedly recommend.
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I ordered this book because it had many excellent reviews. I knew from what I had read that it wouldn't be a literary masterpiece but I hoped it would be good quality fiction and I was very disappointed when I realised Margaret Pemberton's prose was as unsubtle as Barbara Cartland's. There's no character insight, no in depth psychology. The book is peopled by protagonists with flat personalities who talk and act in unrealistic ways. The dialogue is sometimes so stilted as to give the impression that the author got her facts about WWII from a leaflet and then put the words in her characters' mouths without trying to make them personal and heart-felt. One such example is the way Leon speaks about his war experience. " Out of a ship's company of more than 1,200 only 43 of us survived. 47 airmen were lost as well, includind the crews of eight Gladiators and ten Hurricanes who had flown on board rather than abandon their aircraft in Norway". It's just like reading a history textbook. The author also repeats sentences or parts of sentences several times over and one such instance is when describing Mavis's hairstyle :"...and over her forehead in sausage-thick curls". The worst I think is the implausible way in which her characters speak and act and the sloppy way Ms Pemberton deals with life -defining moments. One such is when Kate goes to see Toby, determined to let him make love to her. She is supposed to be a shy girl for whom it can't have been easy to take such a step and yet she is supposed to say" And I want to go to bed with you.Read more ›
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Another jolly good read
I have spent some time in London and this book brought back some of the atmosphere that I felt at the time
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