- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 696 KB
- Print Length: 102 pages
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00H9E8PAC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #724,806 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Symphony of War Kindle Edition
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Clearly very well researched, it is full of fascinating period detail like, for example, the discovery of the old ‘dolly tub’ whose use (for laundering in pre-washing machine days) is explained by mum Sylvie to incredulous daughter Caroline. Details like that add charm and colour to this very readable book.
Yes, old houses do have atmospheres, and Debra builds on that to great effect in her descriptions both of the cottage and the hotel, her mother’s workplace.
Symphony of War (an enticing title in itself) is well paced, beginning in slow-burn mode but gradually building, becoming ever creepier, to a searing, emotional yet satisfying climax.
I can well imagine that the good townsfolk of Beccles in Suffolk, where this is set, particularly the older generation, would love this; it would be a lovely nostalgia-trip for them. It evokes that quintessential English county town beautifully and the characters are likeable and entirely plausible too.
I think another reviewer’s comparison with the work of Susan Hill is right on the money. I also agree that this small but beautifully formed little gem could have been longer.
But that gripe aside, very well done indeed Ms Watkins!
This is a powerful debut by Debra Watkins, full of evocative detail and entirely believable characters. Her depiction of the village and later of the bombing of London during the Blitz are excellent, as are her complex, yet rounded, characters. I thoroughly enjoyed this novella and I wanted to stay in the story long after I'd finished reading it. Debra is a talented writer and I can't wait to read more of her work.
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