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Magnolia Square (The Londoners Trilogy) Paperback – 4 Oct 2012
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1945. The war is over, and the inhabitants of Magnolia Square are looking forward to their men coming home and their lives returning to normal. But for some, the end of the war has also brought serious problems . . .
Kate Voigt is finally able to marry Leon Emmerson, a Londoner like herself, but of mixed race. When old man Harvey, a powerful and wealthy figure in south London and great-grandfather to Kate's son Matthew, hears of the match, he is determined that young Matthew should not be raised by Leon. Slowly, insidiously, he begins a plight to wrest Kate's son away from her.
For Jewish refugee Christina, recently married to commando Jack Robson, peacetime has brought its own special torment. She is convinced that her mother and grandmother have somehow escaped the terrors of the Holocaust and are alive. But her determination to find them causes her to put everything - even her marriage - at risk.
'Margaret Pemberton is one of the best saga writers around'
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Weather all set to make this an enjoyable experience. What a great journey this takes you on and one that I would recommend to all readers.
By the third book (Coronation Summer) I was speed-reading past the anchronisms and improbable interactions of the increasingly caricatured characters in the hope of getting to something interesting, and I gave up!
The storyline descends into gratuitous melodrama from the end of book one and it never recovers. A bit like an 'Eastenders' story but with improbably stereotyped characters who in fact never develop and corny stories with virtually nothing to help the reader engage with any of the characters. In fact the author is no more than a fly on the wall describing events but communicating absolutely no understanding or empathy for the characters or the lives created for them.
Even when a child goes missing in the third book the supposed anxieties of the key characters are flat and emotionless, and the author does not help by switching between this theme and action elsewhere to the point that you end up not really caring where the child is - in fact I gave upon this before the resolution of this plotline so I don't know how it ends. And I don't care.
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