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Shake Down the Stars Mass Market Paperback – October, 1989


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 642 pages
  • Publisher: St Martins Mass Market Paper; Reprint edition (October 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312917295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312917296
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,735,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This impressive first novel follows events in the lives of its three main characters from the dawn of their womanhood to the conclusion of the climactic events in their lives, taking place during the first years of WW II. "Romantic in the best sense of the word, brimming with tension and drama, this involving novel is impossible to put down," lauded PW.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

The publisher has compared this novel with Rosamunde Pilcher's The Shell Seekers ( LJ 1/88), which St. Martin's also published, and, indeed, this has the same atmosphere of everyday life in abnormal times. Beatrice, Lucy, and Virginia are from the same village, though from different backgrounds. Each wants love, marriage, children, and a vocation. Each finds them but not in the way she has anticipated, nor even with the man she expected. As World War II continues in England, problems and crises are overcome by individual effort. The narrative is written in the present tense, which leads to confusion of verb tenses, but the reader forgets the grammatical problems for long periods in the immediacy of the story. This first author has an enjoyable hit on her hands. Troll Book Club main selection.
- Andrea Lee Shuey, Dallas P.L.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It's spectacular and I highly recommend it.
A. Guest
So very well written and so very well researched, I learned so much about the London Blitz and World War II in England.
Joann W.
I just happened to pick this book out at the library many years ago & just fell in love with it.
Sarah Holstein

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 6, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lose yourself in the stories of Virginia, Lucy and Beattie. Watch three young women grow and change as their lives adjust to life in England during World War II. As the war blurs the divisions between the classes, Virginia, Beattie and Lucy struggle with accepting new challenges and overcoming stereotypes. Romance, rejection, triumphs, losses - this book has it all. One of my favorite books of this genre.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Guest on November 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I found this book at a yard sale many years ago, and I've since read it a dozen or more times. It reaches in and grips your soul, it speaks directly to the core of your being. It's a story of 3 women and how their lives intertwine through the years, and how war and love effect their lives. I have never found another book quite like it. It's spectacular and I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zandrea on October 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
One of the most heart wrenching and true to life stories I have ever enjoyed. Frances is truly a gifted writer. I felt as if I was one of the girls friends, I lived all their moments. I wish all books could be as down to earth as this one.
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Format: Hardcover
I picked this book up years ago at a Dollar Store and my expectations for it were pretty low. I absolutely fell in love with it. It is not an easy story. The main characters are frequently not very loveable, do stupid things, act badly. Sort of like real life, I guess. Still, it is a compelling book. The reader can't help but but grow to care deeply for the three women the story revolves around. Even the minor characters are so beautifully and realistically drawn that they seem to live and breathe. Setting these characters down in WW2 London and the surrounding countryside setting was a brilliant choice. The ongoing terror bombing of London and the evacuation of children to the country brings to mind vividly the same end of civilization feeling that suffused Gone With the Wind. Against the backdrop of the war these three women on the threshold of adulthood must set aside dreams they were pursuing and find new lives so different from what they had been raised to expect. I am only disappointed I can't find any more books by this author.
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