Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Kindle Price: £3.82

Save £3.03 (44%)

includes VAT*
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.
Read this title for free. Learn more
Read for £0.00
with Kindle Unlimited
OR

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

The Ways of Mud and Bone by [Lahain, Carrie Ann]
Kindle App Ad

The Ways of Mud and Bone Kindle Edition

5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
£3.82

Length: 250 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled

Kindle Books from 99p
Load up your Kindle library before your next holiday -- browse over 500 Kindle Books on sale from 99p until 31 August, 2016. Shop now

Product Description

About the Author

Carrie Ann Lahain writes about lost people who go through hell to find themselves again. In her fictional worlds nice guys finish first. Eventually. Carrie Ann's work has appeared in magazines, anthologies and literary journals. She is the publisher of CARRIE'S NOTEBOOK a weekly e-newsletter for book nuts. Her personal and professional motto is "Good writers read." In that spirit, she reviews books regularly on her author site www.carrieannlahain.com.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 923 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HEDBIFM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,240,490 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images or tell us about a lower price?

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
4
4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 4 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Kindle Edition
`The Ways of Mud and Bone'. I loved the title and was intrigued by the subject matter: An American point of view on the struggle of the allies during the Great War. Lahain paints a picture of an American community divided by politics, neighbour set against neighbour, with violence never far beneath the surface. Add to this the outbreak of influenza which strikes without discrimination, and you have a small town in meltdown.

France seems almost like an adventure to Meryl, her sister and her friends. She is inspired by a desire to care for the casualties of war and sets off for the front to do what she can. Needless to say, the reality of battle is a shock to the volunteers, even though they believe themselves to be ready for such a challenge. Meryl struggles with the consequences of a world turned upside down, which will never be the same again. She is sensitive and intelligent, unsentimental and pragmatic. Relationships in this novel are subtle, understated. We have to read between the lines, sense the meaning of simple gestures. But against the horrific backdrop of chaos and death, in action scenes that are all too realistic, there is still room for hope.

I read a little everyday, often sneaking off to find out what happened next, wanting a sliver more to mull over. I held the dwindling pages (I bought the book, but I see it is available on Kindle too), and wished that Meryl's story could continue. Highly recommended - a literary gem.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition
The Ways of Mud and Bone by Carrie Ann Lahain , is an absorbing story set in the first world war; a book you will not want to put down once you start reading it.

Commitment to a war where America was sustaining heavy losses was at the time a controversial issue that permeated the very fabric of American society, especially within the tight community on which much of this story is based. Living in this volatile setting is the main character, Meryl and her family. In the second part to this story, Meryl joins the war in France where the real truths to this controversy are revealed.

Lahain has done an excellent job in recapturing the mood, morals and behaviours of that time as well as her meticulous attention to detail in presenting plausible scenes. Her characters are very real and her ending is most appropriate, though hopefully this may lead to a sequel. I can see this story making a great movie.

While I enjoyed Lahain’s writing style, as well as the plot and themes, I did find the book difficult to read as the pages were unnumbered. To have the time to read from chapter to chapter is a luxury in this busy day and age. Hopefully future books will have numbered pages.

This is an aptly titled book. The First World War was largely a futile war involving trench warfare; it was a war of mud and bone. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it for adults of both genders. It is a book which well deserves a 5 star rating.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
I don't really read much historical fiction, but I have to say I really enjoyed this book. Mostly I read for character, and the protagonist, Meryl Goodson, is quite an interesting person to spend time with. But, too, the historical period is far more interesting than I would otherwise have expected.

Meryl, barely an adult, becomes a medical aide in France towards the end of the first world war. Little does she know how difficult life hardly more than inches away from combat will be. Likewise, and here's the part that was new to me, she had no idea about the travails of her family and friends back home on Long Island. Although her father is Doc Goodson, a respected town doctor, that turns out to mean nothing when his belief in the freedom of speech goes further than some townspeople are willing to allow. Likewise, Meryl's sister Claire, who was originally supposed to go with her to France, finds herself ill with the influenza that spreads both in the states and on the ship that takes Meryl and other members of her group to France.

Ultimately, though, it really is Meryl's story. What is it like to be that young, still somewhat unformed, and thrown into the kind of horror that neither her father's medical practice nor her minimal training could have prepared her for? This is a story that shows what it is like to have a strong character and good friends, and yet to be affected by forces stronger than oneself.

I recommend this book both to readers interested in this time period and readers who, like me, thought they weren't.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Well written and beautifully characterised.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
click to open popover