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In the Springtime of the Year by [Hill, Susan]
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4.2 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

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"One of those novels you never forget" (The Times)

"I love this wonderful book... Just read it" (Jo Brand BBC Radio 4, A Good Read)

"One of Hill’s earlier, quieter masterpieces" (Emma Hagestadt Independent)

"Immediately arresting…you come away affected, but there is a quiet, unhurried pace which is, incongruously, a lovely and fitting touch" (bookgeeks.co.uk)

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A beautiful, lyrical novel about love and loss, and grief and mourning from the author of A Kind Man and The Woman in Black

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1058 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1446499456
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (5 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099570483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099570486
  • ASIN: B006WAIVSK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,895 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By A Customer on 19 Jan. 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is a highly emotional, yet gentle account of loss, and the aftershocks death causes among family and community alike. It is very moving without ever straying into mawkishness or over-sentimentality - unusual in itself - and the events, and their repercussions are presented and developed with such care and such a wonderful sense of the gradual flow of time, that this book leaves you with an overwhelming feeling of hope. Thus, I would feel comfortable recommending it to not only anyone who has suffered a loss, but any reader looking for a inspiring, gentle piece of fiction. Beautifully written.(And not excessively lengthy!)
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By Susie B TOP 100 REVIEWER on 12 July 2012
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I have read quite a few of Susan Hill's novels, but 'In the Springtime of the Year' is one I must have missed and when I saw it had recently been republished, I was very keen to start reading. The story opens with some wonderfully descriptive writing about a young woman, Ruth, walking in her cottage garden one evening at the end of the summer, mourning the sudden loss of her new husband, Ben, who has recently been killed in a tragic accident. Ruth is doubly unfortunate in that she cannot share her sorrow and grief with Ben's family who, she feels, have never really accepted her; except for Ben's younger brother, fourteen-year-old Jo, an unusual young man, who although grieving himself, is the only one who is able to help Ruth to cope with her devastating loss.

We learn how at the moment of Ben's death, Ruth feels a terrible sense of dread and foreboding, so that when one of the men working with Ben at the time of the accident comes to bring her the terrible news, she finds she already knows before he says anything that something dreadful has happened to her beloved husband. In the hours following Ben's death, we learn how Ruth cannot cope with the steady flow of mourners who come to her home to pay their respects and how she cannot bring herself to look upon Ben's lifeless body: "Now that she knew he was dead, she no longer wanted to be with him, because wherever his body was, it was not Ben any longer." (No spoilers here, we learn all of this early on in the novel). As Ruth becomes more isolated, immersing herself in her own grief, her mother-in-law, Dora, thinks her cold and unfeeling, unaware of the very deep feelings running beneath Ruth's shocked and seemingly numb exterior.
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If you feel like reading slowly and sighing often, then this gentle book is for you. Ms Hill explores grief and loss through the emotions of a young and unworldly woman, who draws deeply on nature for sustenance and survival. Sometimes other-worldly, the author deals with the most raw and awful of human emotions in an unflinching but always tender way, leading the young widow and the reader towards a resolution of new growth. It is not just about grief and loss, but also about new possibilities and new ways of seeing other people. This is my first Susan Hill novel and I will read more.
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I first read this book in the mid seventies and was deeply enchanted and moved by it, which is why it is now in my Kindle library. It is a story of loss, grief and healing, told against the changing seasons. Susan Hill herself lost the man whom she was going to marry and her story of Ruth who loses her husband, Ben, suddenly, is poignant for this reason. Susan Hill is one of my favourite modern writers and this novel is one I would recommend to anyone who wishes to start reading her work
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A moving exploration of bereavement told with simplicity and beautifully written. The seasons and the countryside add an extra dimension, almost an extra character, which provides depth to this the tale of a young widow's loss of her husband in a freak accident. It is not maudlin but it is very touching and some of the writing has a very poetic, lyrical feel which I thoroughly enjoyed.
It is not a complex story but it is one that I feel better for reading - it asks questions but doesn't provide all the answers what it does provide is a sense of hope.
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Bought this for a friend after she'd read my copy and enjoyed it. Susan Hill writes beautifully about the effects of grief. Something anyone who has suffered a loss will relate to. An excellent novel.
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This book is beautifully written and is a perceptive and sympathetic study of people in grief.I think it would be helpful to anyone who is grieving,and make them feel they are not alone. For those not in that situation it is quite hard to read, because it reminds us of what it is like to lose a loved one: something we'd maybe rather not think about when we don't absolutely have to.But loss is an inevitable part of life that must be faced. This book is realistic, not negative, and it contains hope.
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A beautiful and very moving story. A young marriage destroyed by the accidental death of the husband whilst working in the woods. One truly experiences the pain that the young widow endures in the long and lonely period which follows the bereavement. Susan Hill uses her craft to the full to make this one of the most moving stories ever told.
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