Published by Simon & Schuster on May 3rd 2016
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Received from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The book opens with Mary, a young socialite losing a teaching job. At that job she becomes close with a student named Zachary.
Mary goes on to find another in an attempt to help the war effort. She is hired by Tom, who just happens to be her boyfriend. Tom is best friends with Alastair, who is an art restorer. Alastair enlists in the Army and is soon off to the war.
When Alastair comes home on a leave, he goes out for the evening with Mary, Tom and Mary’s friend Hilda. During that evening out, Mary and Alastair are attracted to each other.
The war wages on. The characters all experience horrible things that will affect and change their lives forever.
The writing in this book was wonderful and beautiful. Chris Cleave has the ability to make you feel a scene. He brings London and war alive. What he did not do for me, was create characters that I really cared about. Alastair was my favorite and really the only one I felt sorry for while reading this book.
I am probably going to be in the minority here, but I thought the book was good and not great. I did not feel “gripped” right away by the book. It is a slow moving book. While reading this book, I though that it felt very much like a movie. I could definitely see this book being made into a movie. It feels rich and lush. Man, how I wanted to like this book more. It is so strange when you like the writing yet not so much about the characters.