- Publisher: Clearway Logistics Phase 1b (5 April 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1444763911
- ISBN-13: 978-1444763911
- Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 2.3 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 854,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Now Is the Hour Hardcover – 5 Apr 2007
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'A compelling story' (Publishing News on WE'LL MEET AGAIN)
'Green's book is a delightful and heady mix of romantic ingredients - spies, high-kicking dancers, forbidden love and friendship in the face of death. Who could ask for anything more?' (Lancashire Evening Post)
'An unforgettable saga of love and loss in wartime' (Good Book Guide) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
If you liked Angela Huth's Land Girls you'll love this new second world war series by Hilary Green--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
This is the first book in a series of four and I fully recommend you read the four books as the stories connect throughout.
Each character had their own strengths and quirks but what connected them was the love of performing for an audience, they do not realise that their days of performing will not be over quite just yet.
The main characters are Richard, Felix, Guy but known as Merry and of course the beautiful Rose. And as we follow each of them I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see will they survive the many tribulations the war has brought to them.
Why I liked this book it showed each character not only at their weakest but when bravery was needed they had to show it in their own way. Part of the book was based in London when the Blitz was taking place, but for me the real heartbreaking story was how the author showed not only the suffering of the men who were caught up in the evacuation of Dunkirk but through the main character Richard the suffering of the French was shown through his eyes and it was hard to understand how the German Airforce could simply shoot down the innocent refugees even the children were not protected from their wrath. This is one book which I know will stay in my head for a long time as the writing was addictive and Hilary Green has a wonderful gift of showing history through fiction which made this book extra special.Read more ›
It charts the lives, and loves of Rose, Felix, Merry and Richard, four members of a group of entertainers known as The Follies, until the war curtails this life.
Rose, a dancer, is in love with Richard but won't marry him because they're from different backgrounds. A foot injury threatens her career and the book follows her in London during the Blitz and as a land girl in Dorset, working for Matthew, a farmer who loves her and proposes. Not knowing what has happened to Richard, will she or won't she?
Distraught Richard - a trained opera and later cabaret singer joins the Army, misses out on rescue, is wounded at Dunkirk, and becomes a prisoner of war. By the end of the book he's back home and determined to find Rose and pop the question again.
Felix Lamont (real name Ned Mountjoy), magician and distinguished Spitfire pilot and "Merry" Guy Merryweather, concert pianist turned Forces Entertainment Co-ordinator, are both gay and become close when a tragedy involving Felix, draws them together.
You'll need to read the second Follies novel "They Also Serve" to find out what happens when the foursome meet up again in Dorset at Christmas 1940.
Having read this after the other books, I already knew the outcome. However, "Now is the Hour" is entertaining and readable, either as a stand-alone or as part of The Follies quartet. The characters are well-drawn and likeable without being perfect and the description of Blitz bomb damages requires no imagination.
I'm now curious about the pre and post-war lives of Rose, Felix, Merry and Richard. Any scope for further tales?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've got the book and wanted to re-read it on my Kindle. Just as enjoyable the second time around. Thank you Hilary Green!Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very good book. Looking forward to reading the next one in the series. Keeps you on the edge of the chairPublished 21 months ago by vjj
absolutely enjoyed the series of four books. if you love the era of ww11 then you will love them as wellPublished on 27 Feb. 2015 by angel
Item delivered as described and within delivery timescale would use againPublished on 21 Feb. 2015 by miss a storey
I have received it very recently, on time in adequate protective packaging. It is as described in the advert but still in my "waiting to read" pile.Published on 25 Jan. 2014 by John A Wilson
This tale of the second world war shows good research without it being too intensely written. The various characters have real, individual personalities that drive the story... Read morePublished on 16 Mar. 2013 by Mrs. K. Abbott
Hilary Green is a new author to me so based on a recommendation I thought I'd give it a try and The Follies seemed like an ideal place to start as it is set and WWII. Read morePublished on 16 Feb. 2013 by The Good Daughter