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The Waiting Hours: Cliffehaven 13 (The Cliffehaven Series) Kindle Edition
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THE NEW CLIFFEHAVEN NOVEL BY SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR ELLIE DEAN.
Slapton Sands, 1943
War has not been kind to Carol Porter. It took her husband and baby, and with them her heart. At last she’s found some peace, working as a land girl at Coombe Farm. But Carol’s sanctuary, the whole local area in fact, is about to be disrupted.
The Waiting Hours is a gem of a book, which will touch readers' hearts. Ellie Dean effortlessly evokes a sense of time and place, and revisits a fascinating part of wartime history in a story where strong women triumph over adversity, and it's never too late to find love. -- Clare Harvey
Full of atmosphere and period detail, The Waiting Hours gives a fascinating and very human background to the tragic events that took place at Slapton Sands in 1944. The individual stories of the many varied characters are woven together with a compassionate understanding of all the tumult and uncertainly of World War Two. I am sure Ellie Dean’s loyal readers will be thrilled with this new novel, and even more delighted to be reacquainted with Peggy and Jim’s extended family at Beach View. ― Helen Carey, author of the Lavender Road series
An immensely satisfying and entertaining historical novel. ― Frost Magazine
The Waiting Hours vividly portrays England during the Second World War, revealing the role ordinary women played behind the scenes. If you’ve enjoyed Dean’s wartime sagas so far, this should be next on your list. ― CultureFly --This text refers to the paperback edition.
THE BRAND NEW THIRTEENTH CLIFFEHAVEN NOVEL BY SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR ELLIE DEAN --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B01MRPKW2D
- Publisher : Cornerstone Digital (24 August 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 3908 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 549 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 179,350 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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We jump backwards chronologically with The Waiting Hours and find ourselves reading of events set before anything that happened in the last novel. We don't follow up on events in Germany and the prisoner of war camp but instead find ourselves reading about men who in the last outing were captured but here are still fighting away. Its confusing despite the author note explaining the time jump.
The main narrative of the story is the usual Ellie Dean quality but I did find at times that I was getting a bit bogged down in crudely inserted research which up until now in this series has been woven into the story in a much more effective and discreet way. We also spend much less time with Peggy and the gang at beach view than we usually do, again, another product of the fact that we have already trodden this ground in the series timeline.
So on the whole as I say, I am conflicted. I have given 4 stars because don't get me wrong this is still an expert piece of WW2 social fiction. I just think perhaps the book and the previous one should have been released the other way around to continue the series chronology.
Worth your time and your money but if you are a series regular then just be prepared to be a bit confused.
Ellie Dean has a wonderful gift of storytelling and once again she has written a book which showed characters which I wanted to know more about.
Like all readers, I did notice that some of the storylines was already told in the last book of this series and when Ellie Dean explained her reason for this I did understand why she did write two books based on the same period though at times found me rather questioning my own memory.
I am already looking forward to the next book in this brilliant series though I am in a way dreading it as it is supposed to be the last book in this magnificent series which should be made into a television series as the storylines are so well told I felt I was a bystander watching history take place right in front of me.
The Waiting Hours written by the super talented Ellie Dean is a wonderful read and one I am happy to recommend to all readers of historical fiction based on the era of the Second World War.
I bought this book because I was born and bred in the South Hams and had heard lots of stories about Slapton and the evacuation but didn't realise such a large area requisitied . I had also been to the memorial to the troops that had died. I had also just learnt that my father was an American soldier stationed in Devon at that time which made it more personal and moving.
The one thing I didn't like was the attempts at the Devonshire dialect they didn't sound any thing I'd ever heard and I have heard a lot of farmer and yokels speak.