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Publisher's Summary

Paul and Claire Craddock have grown older in years - but not in spirit. World War II is over. But there are new battles to be fought and won. The new property laws enable speculators to reap huge profits from agricultural lands, and Paul’s livelihood is threatened. With the help of his family, Paul struggles to preserve the happiness and peace he has built up over the years. In doing so, he comes to discover deeper, richer ties with those around him...
©2014 R.F. Delderfield (P)2014 Oakhill Publishing
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Critic Reviews

"Mr Delderfield's manner is easy, modest, heartwarming" (Evening Standard)
"His narratives belong in a tradition that goes back to John Galsworthy and Arnold Bennett" (Life Magazine)
"R F Delderfield is a born storyteller" (Sunday Mirror)
"Sheer, wonderful storytelling" (Chicago Tribune)
"It is always a pleasure to read R F Delderfield, because he never seems to be ashamed of writing well... Today he is a bestseller wherever English language books are read" (Books and Bookmen)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Julie on 06-01-14

A Fitting Finish To A Lovely Trilogy

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Having now listened to all three books in this series, I can now sit back and have a little contented sigh to myself. I have really enjoyed this trilogy and feel all the T's have been crossed and I's have been dotted. Jonathan Oliver's narration has been consistent and a joy to lisen to.
It's not a deep and meaningful series by any stretch, but if you're looking for a relatively gentle listen, then I would recomend this series.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kirstine on 03-05-18

Final part of an engaging trilogy

I’ve listened to all three parts of this long saga about the life and loves of Paul Craddock from 1902 to the mid 1960s at which time this final book ends. Paul returned to England in 1902 having been seriously wounded in the Boer War. After he recovered he, on impulse, used an inheritance to buy a farming estate in Devon and all three books revolve around his life as the local squire.

This third book covers the period from 1942 to the mid 1960s and tells of war-time privations, deaths and social changes. Even more than for book two, I think to get the most out of this final instalment you need to have read or listened to the previous volumes. The back stories of the people who populate this final book are only cursorily referred to, but knowing their details makes for a richer experience and made me feel much more involved in their lives.

As the chronicle of Paul’s life unfolds his children grow up and they in their turn have children and the emphasis of the narrative shifts to the trials and tribulations of the younger members. One of the strengths of this trilogy is how by telling the stories of the characters’ lives over the first 60 years of the 20th century the great social changes that occurred over that period are vividly illustrated.

Others have commented on a similarity to the Archers in that the stories are a blend of the mundane details of rural life interspersed with dramatic, life-changing events both personal and national. I’m sorry that the saga has ended as I had become immersed in the lives of characters many of whom feature from the beginning of the trilogy.

The narrator, as with the first two books, does a splendid job of dramatizing the text.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Petra on 05-05-17

Just lovely

I've always loved Delderfield's books, beautiful epics of life as it is. Fantastic narrator too, great accents and not overly dramatic, just like the book. I dare say that I'm sick of hearing "I dare say" though

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