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    Enjoyable summer read

    I received this book through NetGalley. This book is much more than the title or cover discloses; it is much more than a one-week summer party. The setting initially is in England prior to WWII but progresses through the war. It begins very lighthearted and is a pleasant read. The introductions to characters are primarily made in the first chapter. As the story progresses, the complexity of the characters and relationships becomes evident. The story includes war, survival, infidelity, homosexuality, and relationships. The book does a fairly good job developing characters. With that said, some characters, such as Avril, could have been developed more. I wonder what happens to this character; she is left somewhat hanging. I enjoyed the perspective of life in and near London prior to and during the war. It portrays some of the hardships for, primarily, women (since the men were at war) due to rationing which is overcome with gardening. Yet, at times it is somewhat predictable but overall entertaining. The book is enjoyable and I recommend it as a good summer read.
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    Enjoyable blast from the past

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is redolent of a time and place that is so far removed from present day that it might almost be 200 years in the past: the late 1930s through to mid 1940s England and covering WII from the perspective of the British upper classes. With accurate historical detail and real, walk-off-the-page characters this book transports you to that era and gives you a great story to enjoy. Somewhat like Agatha Christie but sharper characters and without the whodunnit element.
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    Sooooo entertaining

    Loved this book! A lot of characters to keep track of in the beginning but as the story progressed, each character took on a strong role and it was easy to identify with them. An amazing plot and a page turner for sure.

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