This book was recommended via the Georgette Heyer Appreciation Facebook group, and was only 99p on Kindle, so I gave it a go. Not clear on the link as in this book there’s only one vague reference to Georgette Heyer, and the author is more commonly aligned with Maeve Binchy and Rosamund Pilcher.
I read this book over a couple of evenings – it was fairly easy reading, and as its perspective bounced between not only the main characters in the book, but between the different time frames – the story built up. As someone who’s interested in how the Second World War shaped people’s lives, and in people’s motivations – there was definitely plenty of psychological interest in this book, and some nice little twists.
The book is set around Winterfold, a beautiful (fictional!) house near Bath – the lives of those inside on the surface appears all beautiful, very aspirational class – the picture starts to crack as we see the difficult lives so many have had – dealing with abusive upbringings, living through the war years, poverty, mental health, domestic abuse, being apart from one’s child post separation and all sorts mixed in with what looked at first to be a fairly fluffy read. I’d read another book by this author (but have lots of other books to read first)!
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.