- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (13 Feb. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1849839875
- ISBN-13: 978-1849839877
- Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 3.1 x 24.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Winter Garden (Clara Vine 2) Hardcover – 13 Feb 2014
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'The perfect fusion of history, suspense and high romance' (The Times on Black Roses)
'A thoughtful but fast-moving novel' (Reader's Digest on Black Roses)
'This well-researched story unfolds with utterly knuckle-whitening suspense, and it was my favourite escapist read of the year' (Saga Magazine on Black Roses)
'Terrific' (Elizabeth Buchan The Sunday Times on Black Roses)
'Jane Thynne's smooth writing, sensitive understanding of the era and sharp observations combine into an excellent historical thriller' (Jessica Mann Literary Review on Black Roses)
'Fast-paced and gripping' (The Sunday Times on The Winter Garden)
'A thoroughly enjoyable read: fast-paced, atmospheric and genuinely suspenseful' (Mail on Sunday on The Winter Garden)
'Both historically fascinating and a proper thriller' (Reader's Digest on The Winter Garden)
'An absolute cracker of a read...Thynne expertly maintains the suspense, while evoking the tension of Berlin as the city gathers its strength for war' (The Times on The Winter Garden)
'A thumpingly good read with a strong denouement' (Mail on Sunday on The Winter Garden)
'So convincing one forgets that it is a piece of fiction' (The Lady on The Winter Garden)
'Pre-war Germany's atmosphere of reprehension, terror and Nazi hubris is vividly evoked in a gripping but sad tale' (Jessica Mann Literary Review on The Winter Garden)
'A tale of suspense and intrigue...Thynne's grasp of the period is first-class, and she has woven in a tender wartime love story' (Mail on Sunday on A War of Flowers)
'Darkly brooding horror hangs overGermany; an irresistible page-turner packed with historical detail and toldfrom a most unusual perspective' (Kirkus Reviews on Faith and Beauty)
‘This is the fourth of the addictive ‘Clara Vine’ novels, set in Berlin on the eve of war. Clara is a half-German British agent with access to the inner circle of Nazi wives. Portraits of women such as Magda Goebbels and Eva Braun are ruthlessly truthful, but drawn with compassion. It is early 1939, and Clara is drawn into investigating the murder of a girl at the League of Faith and Beauty finishing school. Brilliant’ (Saga magazine on Faith and Beauty)
About the Author
Jane Thynne was born in Venezuela and educated in London. She graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English and joined the BBC as a journalist. She has also worked at The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Independent, as well as for numerous British magazines. She appears as a broadcaster on Radio 4. Jane is married to the writer Philip Kerr. They have three children and live in London. Find out more at www.janethynne.com connect with her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter @janethynne
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The book begins with the murder of Anna Hansen, who Clara knew previously as a dancer and an artist’s model, but who was about to marry an SS officer and was attending one of the government’s Reich Bride Schools. When Clara’s friend, journalist Mary Harker, returns from covering the Spanish Civil War, she is interested in the crime. At first, it seems the regime is covering it up as an embarrassment, but then the Gestapo become involved. What did Anna know, or do, that got her killed and why is Clara suddenly under suspicion?
This is an exciting and, I found, a much more enjoyable read than the first book – with Clara a much more rounded character.Read more ›
The beginning was rather a surprise and the exactly right setting for this novel. The idea of having the female lead (Clara Vine) as an undercover spy who is for all intense and purposes a German actress was inspired and shows some of the glamour of the time. Throughout the course of the novel the author mixes real life people, or rather the Nazi elite, with the female lead and her world. In her role as cinema star she is expected to attend some parties held by these elite and even encounters the two Mitford sisters and the honeymooning Duke of Windsor and Wallis Simpson. These parties allow Clara to glean information for the British by listening in on the elite’s conversations.
The supposed main focus of the book took ages to come to the fore. And Clara did very little of the investigating apart from being given the victims last possession. It seemed to this reader that the author was more concerned with the historical aspects than the investigating aspects. Even when we are suddenly introduced to Mary there is still little investigation done.
Who exactly is Mary and what is her relation to Clara? She just suddenly appears. It is highly possible that this character was introduced in the previous book as there was very little told about her in this particular novel. Another person show suddenly appears without any formal introduction was Clara’s godson/son who she constantly tells us she loves. I found that he had few redeeming qualities and was more a puppet showing the effects of the Hitler Youth movement more than anything else.Read more ›
The plot itself is unsubtle and written from our perspective with our hindsight: the Nazis are all monsters, not necessarily the dominant view of the time as is shown via the Mitfords and Wallis and Edward VIII.
Despite lots of niggles, though, I still found this an engrossing read: it could just be better than it manages to be - 3.5 stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have to admit, I'm a bit angry at how this book has turned out. It started so well, it was easy to get into, the story was intruiging (the murder of a young woman whose... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Leser
Another fabulous story from the excellent writer Jane Thynne exploring the adventures of actress Clara Vine who is also an undercover agent for the British in the years leading up... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Teresa
'The Winter Garden' is the second in Jane Thynne's series of novels about Clara Vine, an actress and spy working in Germany in the 1930s. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kate Hopkins
A thoroughly good read.Historically extremely interesting ,with a very detailed and plausible plot.I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Valerie Main
A very interesting and exciting book. I didn't realise that this was the second book in a series about Clara Vine, so am now reading the first one - Black Roses.Published 8 months ago by Elisabeth Cary
I loved this book and am now, having discoved Jane Thynne looking forwarded to reading more of her workPublished 9 months ago by Lizzie Mackinnon
It was too much fairy tale. Our heroine gets herself into all sorts of fixes but manages to get out hair and makeup intact.Published 9 months ago by Mrs Ann C
I really enjoyed reading this cleverly written book, full of unexpected twists and turns. I look forward to read the next book in this series.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer