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  • Paperback: 572 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Books (1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552143324
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552143325
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.4 x 4.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,918,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sabine Taylor on May 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
From the first page this book had an expectional dynamic I have rarely experienced before. The three female heroins , Robin who wants to change the world, experience and gets involved with the problems of London's worker families, the poverty and most at all the political lot of England and Europe. Maia, pretty and ambitious, carried out to marry a wealthy man, after her father commited suicide. Young and naive, how she called herself at the end of the story, she actually married a wealthy man, but everything she hoped to get, most at all to be happy in life, were refused and life had an totally different way for her. Last but not least there is Helen, a preacher's daughter who lives togther with her father without her mother who died really young. Her father gets by to tie her at the bleak landscape of the fens over years, and it seems like all her wishes to have a small house, a husband and many children would be forever deleted.
These three friends in the time before the World War II went her ways, mostly unexpected ones through love, life and career into the dreadful battles between the Republicans and Fascists in Spain 1936/1937 where Robin follows her boyfriend and brother that both fighted on the front as part of the International Brigades against the Nationalists and Robin helped in military hospitals. Their wishes and hopes changed, beliefs and fears accompanied them trough an incredible life and the secrets they swore to share and celebrate, like their first journey abroad,drifted them apart and brought them even closer together. But in that whole dismal time Judith Lennox still finds a chance to create an great emotional romantic lovestory.
For me this novel is a must have read, it changed some of my opinions and confronted me with the fears and desires in a nearly forgotten time. Between London, Cambridge, Ely, Paris, Munich and Madrid this novel provided a great basis for a bestseller.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Lhuede on February 23, 2015
Format: Paperback
The Winter House opens with three friends, Robin, Helen and Maia, who, at the end of the First World War and on the verge of adulthood, vow to celebrate the great milestones of their lives: their first jobs, travelling abroad, losing their virginity. Robin is a pacifist from a progressive family whose two brothers fought in the war, one never returning, the other coming home with shell shock. Helen is the only child and dutiful daughter of the widowed local rector, a man who believes himself a cut above the rural labourers and artisans who inhabit the run-down cottages of their marsh-surrounded village. Maia is the beauty of the trio, a girl brought up to expect the finer things in life only to be abandoned by her profligate father in the worst possible way.

Each girl has a dream. Robin dreams of escaping the academic fate her father has planned for her and moving to London to become involved in activist politics, to do something that makes a difference in the world. Helen dreams of having a home and family. Maia wants the security of wealth that she knew as a child, and is prepared to do what it takes to get it.

As the girls become women and pursue their dreams, each has to make choices and compromises, face hardships which test their endurance – and their friendship. The adolescent vow of celebrating milestones isn’t forgotten, but it becomes representative of the naivety – if not always innocence – of their youthful hopes, as well as the differences in their personalities, upbringing and values.

The story covers the period of the aftermath of the First World War, through the twenties and into the Great Depression and the Spanish Civil War, and ends with Europe on the brink of another war.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beth C. on May 4, 2014
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Love her books...this was another worth reading. Many twists and turns with characters I wanted to know more about.
Judith Lennox knows how to write a story that will keep you hooked until the end. I would recommend it!
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Interesting novel of 3 friends. All have fascinating lives and some times weird beliefs. This was well worth my time and money. It gives a different perspective to the years prior to WWII. It also explains some of the class differences in England. It shows how this difference often makes people make some really faulty decisions. Highly recommended. I will read other books now by this author. This novel is an A++++
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Mathieu on January 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Novels set between the two world wars usually are a bit boring, but I just reread "Stella Termogen" by Utta Danella, one of Germany's best authors, in the fall of 2010 and that is one helluva read (also taking place between 1918 and 1939).

After having read the many positive reviews on "The Winter House" in amazon.de (Germany), I tried to read this book starting at the end of November. Finally last night I finished it (usually I finish 2 books per week).

Also I checked out Judith Lennox' website and found it fascinating that she did so much research on pre WW II Germany. That part of the book was quite well researched and interesting (and that's why I give the book 1 star).

Other than that it was the most boring book I ever read, especially the first 250 pages. Then it picks up a little, but not too much. However I will give Lennox two more chances. I'll start reading "Some Old Lover's Ghost" and my 3rd attempt will be "The Shadow Child".
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