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  • Fascinating Dual Timeline Beekeeping Premise

    Set in Dorset and written in dual timelines, The Beekeeper's War is about effects of the two world wars, love, secrets, sorrow, choices and hope. Deborah Carr writes beautifully with an eye for detail. It only took a paragraph or two for me to become engrossed and immersed as I have done in the past with her other books. In 1916, Pru nursed injured soldiers at Ashbury Manor, generously opened by its owners with the goal of easing soldiers' anguish in a beautiful environment. Suffering abounded and nurses often had difficulty remaining emotionally detached. Pru couldn't help but notice pilot Jack who came to visit his dear friend, a patient at the manor. Not long after falling in love, Jack disappeared, leaving Pru devastated. She is faced with difficult life-changing choices. Later, in 1940, Pru's daughter Emma flees to Ashbury Manor for safety. She meets an unusual man, a beekeeper with secrets. She and her mother make discoveries which catch them unawares as they navigate the throes of war and what it means to be family. My favourite aspect of the book is the beekeeping addition which always intrigues me as a nature lover. The historical details are wonderful, too. Though predictable, the story is an interesting one and is a wonderful escape. Historical Fiction readers ought to read this. It would also appeal to those who have yet to discover the joys of the genre. My sincere thank you to HarperCollins UK, One More Chapter, and NetGalley for the privilege of reading this awesome book.

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  • So good, hoping for a second book

    I can not express how fortunate I feel to have obtained and early copy of The Beekeeper's War. I am writing this review in hopes that others will find the story as touching and wonderful as I did. A few days have past and I still can't stop thinking about everything that happened in the story. The Beekeeper's War has left of lasting impression. It is a fantastic story that begins in World War One and ends as the Germans are invading the Island of Jersey in World War Two. Grab the tissues you are going to need them as you travel back in time to the horrors of war. Part One takes place during World War One. I admit I have not read near as many books about that war as I have World War Two. I need to rectify that error. The atrocities that the British soldiers endured were heart wrenching. The struggles of those in England were extreme. The Ashburys putting up their home as a place to recover was inspirational. I never realized until I was checking facts that hundreds of Britain's stately homes were turned into makeshift hospitals during World War I. Pru and Jean were nurses that worked in the makeshift hospital on the Ashbury estate. They were on their feet, working their fingers to the bone yet still found an escape--love. The author was brilliant in using their budding romances as a way to tie in the pilots fighting for Britain and what they went through. The reader experiences the torture inflicted on British soldiers and the strength of those like Pru and Jean that accepted them as they were. In today's society, illegitimate children are not Shunned. Unwed mothers are not cast out into the unknown. During WW1 things were different. The Beekeeper's War illustrated one solution. I am not sure I would have the strength that Pru, Monty, Jean and Jack had to keep a secret for over 22 years. As the world faces another war; truths are exposed. When I started Part Two I had to stop and look at the clock. I needed to know that I had enough time to read it straight through without interruptions. The suspense was killing me. There were so many ways that the story could have gone. Truths were about to be brought into the light. The horrors of the Great War linger. As England prepares for invasion, bringing Pru to safety is all that matters. Promises had been kept but now it is time to tell a story that will change everything. The Beekeeper's War was a very emotional read. The story grabbed my interest and didn't let go. Any book that makes me think is fantastic, but this book was phenomenal.

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  • Historical Fiction World Wars I an II

    The Beekeeper’s War by Deborah Carr a dual time Historical Fiction set in World War I and World War II. An enjoyable story of war, nurses, soldiers, families, survival and love in England. Deborah Carr is a favorite author because her characters and settings seem very real and personal. She has the rare quality of giving a depth of details that makes her readers feel at home with the places and people. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. I appreciate the opportunity and thank the author and publisher for allowing me to read, enjoy and review this book. 5 Stars

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  • Satisfying historical fiction

    The Beekeeper’s War is a simple story, sweet and engaging, great for a weekend read. It begins at the onset of the First Great War and picks up again at the beginning of The Second World War. There’s a big secret, with serious, life-changing consequences, but from our contemporary vantage point we might wonder what’s the big deal? Well, it was a big deal for Pru, especially in times when social boundaries, status, appearances and reputation were everything. Pru is a nurse caring for injured soldiers at Ashbury Manor and getting a glimpse at how the other half lives. Life-long friendships are formed with the other nurses. And then there’s Jack, an American pilot. The pull between him and Pru is strong. He’s unlike anyone she’s ever met and treats her so tenderly, but he doesn’t feel it would be right to marry now in case he doesn’t come back. And then he goes on a dangerous mission – and he doesn’t come back. Twenty-four years later and another war is beginning. Pru has made a life for herself in Jersey and some of those life-long friendships have endured, but her memories have never left her. Her daughter Emma goes to Ashbury Manor to be safe from the possible occupation of Jersey, not really knowing much about her mother’s life there during the previous war. What Emma learns at Ashbury Manor will have consequences of the magnitude of those from the past. Secrets are revealed and it’s like a ball of string unraveling: mysterious people appear, relationships are threatened, decisions must be made. There are a lot of clues and the mystery isn’t too hard to figure out. But that’s not the appeal of The Beekeeper’s War. Its appeal lies in the storytelling itself: the horrors of the war, dangerous circumstances and sacrifices, weak and strong people who either caved in and betrayed others or rose to all challenges feel authentic and real. The characters are well-drawn and believable. The story moves smoothly along and feels believable. And whether or not all choices made in the past were the right ones, they were made with caring and love. The question is where things will go from here. Thanks to Harper Collins Publishers UK One More Chapter for providing an advance copy of The Beekeeper’s War via NetGalley for my reading pleasure and honest review. It was indeed a pleasurable read and I recommend it. All opinions are my own.

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  • An outsanding story about war, duty and loss!

    At the beginning of The Great War, friends Pru Le Cuirot and Jean Le Riche leave Jersey and train to be nurses. Ashbury Manor, in Dorset has been turned into a military hospital and Pru and Jean share a room with fellow nurse Milly Denton. The hospital is busy with a steady stream of wounded, the men have terrible injuries and Pru dreads it when she's notified the ambulances are on the way. Viscount Montgomery Ashbury is one of the wounded and he demands to be in a ward with his fellow soldiers. He’s visited by his best friend Canadian pilot, Jack Garland, and he’s a decorated war hero. Pru meets Jack, he’s good-looking and despite both not wanting to be in a romantic relationship during a war and they fall madly in love. Jack returns to France, Pru makes him promise not to take any chances, and he's sent on a dangerous mission and vanishes. After facing so many challenges and difficulties being a nurse during a war, Pru is forced to make a heartbreaking decision and a life changing one. The Beekeeper’s Secret has a dual timeline and it’s set in England during The Great War and at the start of the Second World War. With the threat of the Germans invading any day, Emma Le Riche leaves Jersey and her mother refuses to go with her. Emma stays in England with her Aunty Jean and Uncle Monty at Ashbury Hall and she’s very worried about her mum’s safety. She meets the manor's beekeeper, when her Aunty Jean visited them in Jersey she always bought jars of honey and it’s made by bees in the walled garden. Emma has no idea she’s about to discover a twenty year old secret, one that was kept for the best intentions and did the parties involved do the right thing? I received a copy of the Beekeeper’s War from Harper Collins UK, One More Chapter in exchange for an honest review. You read about the First World War, the shocking injuries, daily tasks the nurses preformed, their interaction with the patients, how it was impossible for them not to form attachments and the consequences of their actions. Deborah Carr has written an outstanding and captivating book, about war, love, sacrifice, duty, loss and five big stars from me.

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