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Publisher's Summary

A Lincolnshire village on a glorious summer's morning in 1940, the countryside as still as a painting. In the blue sky above, the fate of the whole war will soon rest with the RAF and their desperate effort to win the Battle of Britain. If they fail, Hitler's next step will be invasion.
And as the scene comes to life before us over the next six months, this shadow of war will not disappear - the conflict will take husbands and sons away and bring in evacuees from the city and soldiers to defend the coast. There will be more money from war work but less to spend it on - legitimately, at least. Everywhere, the feeling of change is in the air.
From the pub to the church, the humblest cottage to the biggest farm, from a struggling single mother to the lady of the manor, the paperboy to a traumatised bomb disposal volunteer, this superb jewel of a novel portrays a community of people and weaves together their stories with passion, betrayal, intrigue and suspense.
There Was a Time is a triumph of the storyteller's art.
©2017 Frank White (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton
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By Ruth Bain on 09-01-17

WWII in a British village

This is not a book with much plotting, but rather a story of the lives of the inhabitants of a small village on the English coast in the early days of WWII. The prose is good, the characters are interesting, and the narrator is great with voicing the many characters with very specific voices; but, this seriously needed a better engineer; every breath taken by the narrator is audible. Very distracting.

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By Daniel on 08-20-17

Interesting but weak

An interesting insight into wartime life. Story was a bit weak and the book just petered out really. The narrator read very well and helped set the book in the time period. The accents however leave a lot to be desired - everyone sounds like a scouser.

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By Joby on 07-23-17

Take the time!

Take the time, to listen to this book! I saw the author being interviewed on television, the story appealed to me so I decided to download and soon recognised the voice of narrator Jonathon Keeble who is absolutely excellent, how he managed the voices of all the characters is beyond me.

The story so well written and the description of characters and events made me feel as though I was there. Well done Frank White for such an excellent read.

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