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I love Charles Todd books and Bess Crawford is a good character, but there were a few too many lucky "coincidence " here. Bess seemed more like superwoman than a nurse, with Simon miraculously appearing when trouble threatened.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I hate to admit that I was disappointed with this book. The first books in this series were fabulous. Can't stop reading kind of fabulous. Bess was smart and likeable and interesting. The attraction between Bess and Simon was fun to read.
This latest book, and frankly the one before it, is dull. There's no spark anywhere. I hope the Todds are able to capture the essence of the beginning of the Bess series and bring it to their next book - which I will listen to as soon as it's available, by the way.
The narration was excellent.
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Hats off to determined Bess Crawford for digging around and keeping a clear head to get to the bottom of this mystery of why the former owner of a gunpowder factory and his family are being targeted as the scapegoat for the accident in the factory that kills most of the men in this small Kentish village and are the target of so much hate from the villagers. This seemingly impossible task she relentlessly pursues in both Kent and in France from the trenches to questioning the wounded in hospitals there, despite attempts on her life.
The narrator's crisp voice give a very clear idea of Bess Crawford's strength of character, determination and her strong sense of duty to those around her. The narrative also gives vivid descriptions of the filth and squalor of the trenches and what the soldiers had to endure in France during the Great War.
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