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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849832889
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849832885
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rachel Hore worked in London publishing for many years before moving with her family to Norwich, where she teaches publishing at UEA. She is married to writer D. J. Taylor and they have three sons.

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Very well written story.
Polly
A Gathering Storm took me about 100 pages or so to really get into, but after that, I read the book very quickly to find out what happened next.
C. Irish
I did find it dragged a bit in parts and some of the characters were a little sketchy, needed more rounding out.
nerilka

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By C. Irish TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 26, 2012
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When Lucy delves into her father's past to find out why he was particularly interested in a certain man whose story he was never able to uncover, she meets a woman who holds the answers and peels back the layers of her life and reveals to Lucy hidden truths and a story rich in WWII details. Beatrice had been a welcome friend of the Wincanton family, a rich family who lived in a Manor named Carlyon Manor in England. The Wincantons were wealthy and Beatrice poor, but she was good company for their eldest daughter, Angelina. Through the years, Beatrice was a staple in the household being tutored by the children's teachers and growing up along side Angelina and her brothers. Their lives take a turn when Angelina gets sent away to boarding school and then after that there is the war. Hoping to do something for her country, Beatrice takes a job as a FANY. She helps people in the air raid shelters and drives around important people to their errands and meetings. Angelina and Beatrice take different life paths but their trails ultimately meet throughout the story. Then, there is the tale of Rafe. The love of Beatrice's life-the man Lucy's father, Tom, had been trying to find.

A Gathering Storm took me about 100 pages or so to really get into, but after that, I read the book very quickly to find out what happened next. The story goes back in time and comes back to present day, but most of the book takes place in the past and is mainly about Beatrice and her life during wartime. This is an engaging read. If you like historical fiction, you will love this book which is part love story, part war story and is an all around good read. It's a journey back in time told with grace and elegance. The characters become real people and the story is insprired from events that took place in World War Two.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By 2LZ on July 25, 2012
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A Gathering Storm by Rachel Hore is one of the best books I have read in a long time. The story alternates between the past, Beatrice's story, and the present, Lucy's story. The majority of the novel belongs to Beatrice, her life growing up, being drawn into Carlyon, meeting the wealthy, privileged, and spoiled Wincantons, and the tragedies of war. It is an engrossing tale, that will hold your interest until the very last page. What makes it even more special is that, although fiction, the book is based on events that actually happened.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By love2read on May 17, 2012
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Loved this book and the author has not disappointed me. She has a different way of writing a story From the present to the past and doesn't cloud the issue with too many characters or descriptive phrases. I would recommend her to anyone who likes a puzzle.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on August 8, 2012
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I have already read other Rachel Hore's books but this is probably the one I have enjoyed the most. It really has great depth to it's story, the characters are well-defined and you really want to wake up in the middle of the night to read some more of it instead of waiting for morning! You truly want to champion Beatrice all through the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dorothea Otte on February 9, 2013
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Two girls growing up pre-WWII find it more difficult than they expected. I lived through WWII and didn't have a food stortage, etc. they had in England. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carol Kollmer on December 6, 2012
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I enjoyed this book "The Gathering Storm" very much. This is a book I could not put down, since there is a mystery involved. It has the background of history, war, spans three generations, with interesting characters. I like this author and have read other books written by Rachel Hore.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Nienhaus on September 23, 2013
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I enjoy a good WWII book, and this book definitely was a decent WWII book. The main character, Lucy, is trying to pick up where her Dad, Tom, left off in tracking down a long lost uncle. In Lucy's travels she is encouraged to talk to an elderly native named Beatrice. Where this story line lacks the most is with Lucy. I feel you do not get to know her well throughout the book. Lucy isn't major in the storyline. Beatrice and her past is the biggest story line. Beatrice has an interesting story to tell, bringing a decent historical fiction element in. Which is good, as it's the books only saving grace. I find myself rooting for Beatrice in this book - and not really caring what happens to Lucy. The "twist" that comes about in the book is predictable. Overall, this book gets a 3 from me. If the story had incorporated Lucy better, and/or had an actual surprising twist, this book would have ranked higher for me.
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By Kat A. on February 1, 2014
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This book has all the things I'd love in a good story: Past stories and present stories weaved together, history and mystery. And while there were some very interesting story lines, I had a difficult time thoroughly enjoying this book. First of all I just could not warm up to Beatrice for much of the book due to her "obsessions" of Rafe and the storyline about the child (can't mention too much more without spoiling the story) was a bit unbelievable. There were times I just thought to myself, "really?". Anyway, it's a good read, just not a great read and while Rachel Hore's books usually start with a bang, they tend to drag a bit so I have to pace myself with her books.

As a side note, I find it very frustrating that if you are a UK customer you can get the Kindle version of this book but if you are a US customer you cannot - although you can order the paperback (ordered from the UK). I know this has to do with digital rights and copyright laws but it's ridiculous!
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