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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,065 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Helen Bryan Narrator: Tavia Gilber Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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With war threatening to spread from Europe to England, the sleepy village of Crowmarsh Priors settles into a new sort of normal: evacuees from London are billeted in local homes. Nightly air raids become grimly mundane. The tightening vice of rationing curtails every comfort. Men leave to fight and die. And five women forge an unlikely bond of friendship that will change their lives forever.

Alice Osbourne, the stolid daughter of the late vicar, is reeling from the news that Richard Fairfax broke his engagement to marry Evangeline Fontaine, an American girl from the deep South. Evangeline’s arrival causes a stir in the village—but not the chaos that would ensue if they knew her motives for being there. Scrappy Elsie Pigeon is among the poor of London who see the evacuations as a chance to escape a life of destitution. Another new arrival is Tanni Zayman, a young Jewish girl who fled the horrors of Europe and now waits with her newborn son, certain that the rest of her family is safe and bound to show up any day. And then there’s Frances Falconleigh, a madcap, fearless debutante whose father is determined to keep her in the countryside and out of the papers.

As the war and its relentless hardships intensify around them, the same struggles that threaten to rip apart their lives also bring the five closer together. They draw strength from one another to defeat formidable enemies—hunger, falling bombs, the looming threat of a Nazi invasion, and a traitor in their midst—and find remarkable strength within themselves to help their friends. Theirs is a war-forged loyalty that will outlast the fiercest battle and endure years and distance.

When four of the women return to Crowmarsh Priors for a VE Day celebration fifty years later, television cameras focus on the heartwarming story of these old women as war brides of a bygone age but miss the more newsworthy angle. The women’s mission is not to commemorate or remember—they’ve returned to settle a score and avenge one of their own.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ilene | 2/18/2014

    " Okay, but disjointed kind of characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sarah | 2/4/2014

    " I had no expectations going into reading this book but I found that it was hard to follow at times. There were a lot of characters in this book and at times I found myself really confused as to who was doing what. There were also quite a few grammatical errors in this book that made it hard to follow. Overall, not terrible but not something that I would really recommend to other readers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Darlene | 1/31/2014

    " I liked the story line and reading about life in a small English town in the war. It did seem contrived, though, and just a little simplistic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cara Geils | 1/28/2014

    " This was a very good story. It was not compelling but very easy reading. There was a lot of insight into what it was like in England for women during the war. Very enjoyable. "

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