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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (15 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847561039
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847561039
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 281,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The Girl From World’s End and The War Widows:

‘A beautiful, almost poetically-written tale of love and tragedy in the Yorkshire Dales mainly set during the Second World War. The characters are real flesh and blood and the reader shares their ups and downs with genuine empathy.’
Maureen Lee, bestselling author of Mother of Pearl.

‘An epic tale of hardship and tragedy straddling the Second World War.’
The Bookseller

‘A heartwarming read.’
Closer

‘A compelling story, capturing the spirit of time and place.’
Lancashire Evening Post

About the Author

Leah Fleming was born in Lancashire of Scottish parents, and is married with four grown-up children and five grandchildren. She usually writes full-time from a haunted farmhouse in the Yorkshire Dales, but has recently completed a gap year for grown-ups living on the slopes of an olive grove in Crete. She is currently working on her next novel, Winter’s Children, to be published in 2010.


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This started off brilliantly in Leah Fleming's great style. The village setting, chapel against church, and two mothers not wanting their sons to go to war. One really felt for Lady Hester and her two sons, one going to war and one not allowed to due to epilepsy. On the other side of the class divide was Essie whose sons joined up leaving only Selima at home to help her father run the blacksmiths. When news arrived that Frank, one of Essie's sons had been killed, she wasn't just heartbroken but horrified at what had happened

In the meantime Lady Hester had gone to great lengths to protect her sons with devastating results which even she didn't see coming. Both these female characters are so true to l, she is sent to live with her aunt and uncle in Bradford and becomes companion to young Lisa who is to be her lifelong friend.

Up to this point I thoroughly enjoyed the book but when Selma and Lisa went to America that was enough for me. I just felt the whole American episode was false and out of character to where the main people in the book would end up. The ending was just a bit too twee for me. However that is not to say that the points Fleming put across at the end weren't good but I feel the whole book should have been set in England. The end of the book just spoilt the rest of it for me because normally I love a Leah Fleming novel.
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When I started reading this book, I was immediately taken back to my reading experience and the writing style, of Kate Morton’s ‘The House At Riverton’, in as much as the composition and presentation techniques, and the tone and content of the writing, are quite similar. The story is told as one of the final acts of an elderly person, as a series of memories that are being recounted almost as a living testament, an atonement for wrong doings of long ago.

The main characters in this tragic and moving saga, are so well developed, with their own unique and recognizable personalities and traits, that it is sometimes hard to forget that this is a work of fiction and not fact, although fact is very much present throughout, woven skillfully into the fabric of the story.

There is some well researched material, about both the first and second World Wars and the Christian Anabaptist Mennonite communities, specifically those in the Pennslvania area of the US, in the mid to late 1900’s.

The human spirit is examined closely in the two young protagonists, one from each side of the social divide, in the early to mid 1900’s. Class distinction and community social status is still at its post colonial heyday, forcing them apart and attempting to define their destinies. Family loyalties are tested to the limit and found lacking by this new generation of young people, who are trying to shun the conventions and bridge the gap of the ‘class war’, but are born just too soon for this revolution in social attitudes. Then, when they are eventually reunited, in the strangest of circumstances, are they still the same people, with that same strong and true spirit that they once were?
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A nice, quick, easy read. After reading a couple of books with lots of things to take in and remember I wanted something simple and easy and I got just that. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and once into it I didn't want to put it down until I had finished and when I did get to the end I wanted it to go on and wished I hadn't read it so fast. But all good books make me feel that way, so I will add this to my list of good books.
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It's the first Leah Fleming book i've read and just couldn't put it down. It covers both World War 1 and World War 2. It has plenty of love and drama. Please give it a go you would not be dissapointed.
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This book is so well written and evokes images that stay with you long after you've finished reading it. A perfect read.
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WWl story of love and the class system of that time causing such sorrow among the young. Quite a mixed story covering many years in the life of one lady from WWl to the 2000s. Reminding of the effects on the families of the 'shooting at dawn' of young men who were unable to continue in the trenches and were shot as cowards, and how it took so many years for their names to be included on the war memorials.
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I love this author and loved this book, hard to put down. She writes with beginnings, middles and ends which I like a REAL story teller and you can really get into the characters and like them. I have read three of her books so far and absolutely enjoyed every single one of them, recommend captains daughter a fab book, would make a terrific film. Will continue reading her books as long as she keeps writing them. BUY you won't be disappointed.
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Compelling read. For me the first part of the story was the best, with the calm before the start of WW1 and the horrors of war at home and away. The confusion of identical twins was nicely portrayed with the devastating consequences which ensued.

Being a fictional story, I was quite expecting a different ending, but found that it was entirely appropriate (and I didn't find it rushed).
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