Keep the Home Fires Burning : War at Home

  • by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
  • Narrated by Annie Aldington
  • Series: War at Home
  • 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The year is 1915, and the war is raging on.... The war was not 'over by Christmas' after all, and as 1915 begins, the Hunters begin to settle into wartime life.
Diana, the eldest Hunter daughter, sees her fiance off to the front but doesn't expect such coldness from her future mother-in-law. David's battalion is almost ready to be sent to the front, but how will Beattie's fragile peace of mind endure?
Belowstairs Ethel, the under housemaid, is tired of having her beaux go off to war, so she deliberately sets her sights on a man who works on the railway, believing he won't be allowed to volunteer. Eric turns out to be decent and honest, and he genuinely cares about Ethel - is this the man who could give her a new life?
The Hunters, their servants, and their neighbours soon realise that war is not just for the soldiers, but it's for everyone to win, and every new atrocity that is reported bolsters British determination: this is a war that must be won at all costs.
Keep the Home Fires Burning is the second book in the War at Home series by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, author of the much-loved Morland Dynasty novels. Set against the real events of 1915, this is an evocative, authentic ,and wonderfully depicted drama featuring the Hunter family and their servants.


What the Critics Say

"An insightful look at the impact of war on everyday lives." (Choice)


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Customer Reviews

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Authors story telling is as always great!

What did you like best about Keep the Home Fires Burning? What did you like least?

As a second book in the series and the story carries on seamlessly and the family and lives of the occupants of 1st world war England are as descriptive as the lives of their military sons and loved ones with real and acurate historical facts of the events of the time.

What did you like best about this story?

I like the factual elements of the family story the romance a gentle and the characters are well rounded.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Annie Aldington?

This narrator has not I believe, thought about the various classes of people in the story her accents were all over the place and very unconvincing and annoying really, I would not really have thought a 1915 countess would have a cockney accent! Neither would a middle class senior banker and family. The narrator of the previous book was far more varied with accents and at some points I had to remember there was only one narrator!

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Maybe wait for DVDs, maybe better as a feature drama for tv.

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- Mrs

bit of a mix

Where does Keep the Home Fires Burning rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

a really good read except for around the middle lost interest stayed with it annie Aldington great narrator as is Penelope freeman overall could wait to get the follow up...very good

What was one of the most memorable moments of Keep the Home Fires Burning?

the death made me weepy beautifully performed

Which character – as performed by Annie Aldington – was your favourite?


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

not sure

Any additional comments?


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- Susan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 18-06-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK