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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, what a tangled web we weave...., May 4, 2009
This review is from: Gifts of War: A Novel (Hardcover)
. . . when first we practice to deceive."

Sir Walter Scott's quote is an apt beginning to describe this novel of romance and relationships that takes place during the Great War. The story grabs from the opening scene, which depicts the Christmas truce that took place between the British and German troops in 1914, and continues to hold interest through the last page. It is an excellent novel, and one I enjoyed immensely. It has romance, intrigue, deception, family dysfunctions, and most of all, a very tangled web. The author is Mackenzie Ford, which is a nom de plume of a well-known historian, and this is his first novel. Not being a history buff, I cannot attest to the integrity of the times, but I can say that as a reader, I was never transported to that time as I was, say, with Caleb Carr's The Alienist. The writing seemed somewhat anachronistic to me, with dialogue that seemed to be more 21st century, than early 1900s. It surprised me coming from a well-known historian, but did not at all detract from my enjoyment of the story. The novel was excellent, and I am looking forward to the author's next book.

I might add that I was fortunate to receive an advance readers' copy of this book through Bookbrowse, for whom this review was originally written.
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Initial post: May 13, 2009 11:28:26 AM PDT
Tara says:
Good review. I had a hard time with this book tho. Maybe it is different to a woman's perspective, but I felt this fellow was a stalker. LOL. I was unable to finish. Just did not take to the guy's character at all. Was there really a Christmas Truce? I found that part very touching.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2009 10:35:36 AM PDT
Valkyrie says:
Yes, there was really a Christmas truce. It was almost surreal for the soldiers. I think there is a good book about it but I can't remember the name of it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2009 6:14:25 PM PDT
L. M Young says:
It's called SILENT NIGHT and the author is Stanley Weintraub.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2009 7:26:04 PM PDT
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