5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 12, 2012
Whittington Manor by Claire Louise Voet is historical fiction novel that I am so glad to have found. It is written so well. It is set in the period of the Second World War. Sarah and Joe are such delightful characters and it is a book that you don't want to put down. Coming from two different backgrounds, Sarah and Joe have many things that could easliy keep them apart. This book tells of their lives during WWII. Claire has written her book in a way that you can imagine the characters in your mind so vivdly that you almost feel like you are watching an awesome movie.
I highly recommend this book!! You won't be disappointed!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2012
Harry Riley's Book Review:
By Claire Voet
I must confess I don't read a lot of romantic fiction, being more of a blood and gore man myself, but I was intrigued by the book-cover, illustrating a beautiful manor house. Now, this was something I could get my teeth into! Like many people, visiting stately homes and gardens over the last two decades, has been one of my abiding passions. In addition to this, I do have a fascination for stories relating to World War Two, and from the very first page I was hooked. I don't know how you could not like this all-too-short, glimpse into troubled times.
I'm still a little baffled as to why the story had such a pull on me, but the simplicity of line and style made the chapters fly by, for a very easy read.
The storyline concerns Sarah, a rich girl with the admirable ambition to become a nurse, and Joe, a young boy from a poor family. Their social and domestic situations could not be more different and they meet at a time when the whole world is in turmoil. Very soon Joe is whisked off to do his duty as a soldier and their unofficial engagement-to-be-married, has to be put on indefinite hold.
The girl is attractive and Laura (Sarah's mother) has high hopes that one day her protected and naïve daughter will find someone of their own class to marry and live the kind of life she was raised to pursue.
As the saying goes: `into every life a little rain must fall' and it seems Sarah is destined to get more than her share.
Without wishing to give too much away, a more eligible and charming hunter (from the mother's perspective) is very soon on the scent of this pretty butterfly and his net is swiftly closing in on the unsuspecting prey. The storm clouds are gathering.
A heavily bombed Portsmouth is the backdrop to this wartime romance, giving the reader a real taste of those dark, anxious days, from the comfort of an armchair.
I would be surprised if this well-crafted and enjoyable tale does not make a sudden leap nationwide, especially if it reaches our television screens!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2012
I REALLY ENJOYED THIS BOOK. THE CHARACTERS WERE CHARMING AND THE SETTING WAS GREAT. SPOILER ALERT!! IF I HAVE ONE COMPLAINT WAS THAT THE STORY AT TIMES SEEMED RUSHED AND JOE OUR HERO, WHOM I THOUGHT WAS A GREAT HERO, DIDN'T APPEAR ENOUGH IN THE STORY. SO I COULDN'T GIVE IT A 5 STAR RATING. BUT OVERALL A GOOD READ AND THERE AREN'T ENOUGH STORIES SET IN WWII.
on May 9, 2014
It was something of a chance meeting in semi rural pre-war England, on a quiet hill in a sleepy village, between two people from vastly different backgrounds that leads to an enduring, though unlikely, story of true and pure love. A young woman of class and privilege, and a young man of simple farming stock. That these two young people should fall for each other, totally and beautifully, and discover a love between them that lasts through the sickening horrors of war is a wonderful thing. The young fellow, along with millions of the same ilk, were hauled off to fight and as we all know only too well, most never returned. Many heart breaking things happened to the lovelorn young woman while her man was away in France. As with millions of others during these ghastly times of war, she suffered loss, and more loss, and the inevitable clinging on to anything that might possibly offer hope, and a chance of happiness, however brief or fragile that chance might be. But through it all her love survives. She does indeed find her true happiness at last, just when she thought she had lost everything. A lovely heart warming tale of how, sometimes, love can survive even the biggest battering that life can throw at anybody. A few minor grammatical errors which, for me, did not detract at all from this wonderful book. I eagerly await reading the follow up, as well as more of the work of this clearly talented author.
on May 28, 2013
Whittington Manor - enthralling, exciting and a full on "upstairs downstairs" saga... loads of deep research must have been done to describe scenes like this which pull you in and take you on a journey back in time... truly a book that should be scripted for tv or film..
This author deserves more acclaim and I suggest you read other titles - link below