A wonderful, sprawling, rambling epic of a book - and I loved every minute of it. I would hazard a guess that it almost twice as long as most other books in this genre, but not a word is wasted; for me, the added joy is that the author has researched the period, and specifically the area where she sets her book, extensively, mixing real characters alive at that time with fictional ones, making the story jump off the page. The portrayal of life at that time, and in those circumstances, is told vividly, and encompasses every area, from domestic arrangements to the real hardships, physical and mental, suffered at the hands of the Lt. Col. who occupies the house; a real-life character, apparently an exremely unpleasant person.
The story of Silence, a woman brought up as a Puritan, but with a heart and mind that rebels against the restrictions imposed by her unloving husband and his scheming, nasty mother, is told sympathetically, without glossing over any real or imagined shortcomings. Her relationship with her own children and her stepchildren is delightful - and often difficult - as are the children themselves. When their home [while her husband is away, fighting for the Roundheads] is taken over by Royalist forces, the family and their servants have to make huge and unwelcome adjustments to cater for this invading horde.
From a beginning of mutual distrust, dislike and antipathy, the author shows us the growing relationship between a Royalist Captain and a Puritan woman, very slowly turning from friendship and a meeting of minds to the inevitable growth of love.
I highly recommend this story - I am going to embark on the second book in the series.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1116 KB
- Print Length: 770 pages
- Publisher: Lume Books (3 July 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01I00TDBI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 32 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #252,610 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)