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I’d advise listening to Book 1 of this trilogy before the present book as there are so many characters populating this second volume whose back-stories started in the earlier book. Book 2 continues to follow the life of Paul Craddock in his chosen life in Devon and the narrative re-starts just before the start of the First World War.
The first half of the present book is over-shadowed by the FIrst World War and the sad loss of people that I felt I’d come to know. The sombre tone lifts in the second half with numerous marriages and births and life getting back on an even keel. Dark clouds return with the slump at the end of the 1920s and then later the signs that there may be another war. This second volume ends in 1941 and I’ll certainly be downloading the final part as I’ve become drawn into the lives of the characters and want to know what happens to them.
I enjoyed this long book that takes one back into what life must have been like for people in a rural area in the early to mid 20th century and how world events impinged on their lives.
The only things that I found irritating about the narrative were the numerous and too long, sugary episodes describing Paul and his wife Clare’s sex life and the author’s frequent and self-indulgent, lascivious delight in describing Clare’s body!
The narrator’s ability overt accents and different voices made the book more of a drama than a mere reading.
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Delderfield's story reels you in to a different era, and you can't help but enjoy the continuation. Although some of the much-loved characters from the first in the series of course are no longer with us, many remain with new characters coming along too.
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