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Set in the 1930’s, this makes a very refreshing change from my usual Victorian era historical novels. It also gives a fascinating insight into the volatile political landscape when none of the protagonists are yet aware they are on the brink of another devastating world war and are witnessing the development of fascism from a completely impartial and innocent perspective. Lydia is an aristocratic young woman on the run from an abusive marriage and who ends up living in the same house as Rory, a lovelorn young man who is still attempting to ingratiate himself with his ex fiancé. Underpinning all of this is the mystery of a woman who has left her home in dubious circumstances and whose story is intertwined with all the people in this story. All the characters are very richly drawn and superbly brought to life by the narrator John Banks. There are enough suspicious folk to make the ending a genuine surprise and overall this was an extremely enjoyable and enthralling tale. I have read a few books by Andrew Taylor and all of them have been excellent so I will certainly be back for more.
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What did you like most about Bleeding Heart Square?
The characters were great, I particularly liked the heroine who showed character, backbone and grace. The story takes you on an interesting journey with some real surprises at the end.
What did you like best about this story?
It really showed the difficult situation of an upper classed woman who is trying to live without the support of her husband. She is neither fish nor fowl, but her courage enables her to create a viable life for herself.
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Any additional comments?
I think it caught the zeitgeist of the time well and how attitudes were beginning to alter prior to WW2, changes which continued apace soon after.
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