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I cannot remember when I've enjoyed a series as much as this one! What a surprise! I am an Anne Perry fan - my favorite series up to now has been the Charlotte & Thomas Pitt series. My first thought when I saw this series was that I would not like it, because I'm not interested in war stories. However, because I really like Anne Perry, I thought I'd give this series a try. I'm totally hooked. I'm so anxious to go on to the next book!
This is one of those series that is continued from one book to the next, so I highly recommend starting from the beginning.
The main characters in this series are members of the same family. Hannah, the oldest girl is married to Archie, who is in the Navy, and they have 3 children. Joseph is the oldest son - a chaplain. Matthew is an intelligence officer. Judith is the youngest, an ambulance driver. The series begins just before the war, as they hear of the death of their parents in an automobile accident (or is it an accident?) With the backdrop of the war, Perry weaves a tale of intrigue - murders on the home front, German spies, jealousy. She also helps the reader to understand the agony of those waiting at home with nerves worn to a frazzle and how it affects relationships. She brings us to the horrors of the battlefield and also the war at sea.
I feel an attachment to this family, as if I know them personally, and I want to know what happens to them. To me, this is the mark of a great writer.
Michael Page is a fantastic narrator, artfully switching from an English to German accent to a Russian, French, and American.
I would give this series ten stars if I could!
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