“It was an air one might still breathe, if everyone forgiven was brave.”
Another Waterstones find.
I kept an open mind when reading this book. And, thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised. It took me a little bit longer than expected to read the book due to prior university commitments but it really was worth it in the end.
The characters are all very well fleshed out, so their motivations are clear and you can easily follow their individual story arcs without feeling like the story itself is predictable. Of course, some of the romantic elements of the book itself were quite trite, but Cleave uses words well and the book’s story painted an interesting picture in my mind.
In the same way, I went through so many different emotions when reading the book. When tragedy happened, it happened so suddenly that it caught me completely off guard. The book also puts across the massive shift in cultural and social attitudes during the war, to the point that the high and mighty manner of Mary North and her mother looked to be quite farcical. There were also plenty of funny moments in the book to balance it all out, without detracting from the serious moments.
Ultimately, a highly enjoyable read.
MY RATING: **** / *****