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Goodbye, Piccadilly: War at Home, 1914 Hardcover – August 12, 2014
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Cynthia Harrod-Eagles is the author of the hugely popular Morland Dynasty novels, which have captivated and enthralled readers for decades. She is also the author of the contemporary Bill Slider Mystery series, as well as her new series, War at Home, which is an epic family drama set against the backdrop of World War I. Cynthia's passions are music, wine, horses, architecture and the English countryside.
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Edward Hunter is a banker who has moved his family out of London to the rural village of Northcoate, from which he commutes to the city on a daily basis. He has four sons (David, William, Bobby, and Peter) and two daughters (Diana and Sadie). His wife, Beatrice, is the daughter of an army man, and his children have been brought up in a comfortable middle-class environment. In the summer of 1914, Diana begins to fall in love with their neighbor Charles (Lord Dene), to the dismay of Charles's family. Sadie finds a "job" working with a neighbor's horses, and David is determined to spend time with a friend's family. But when war breaks out, the family members (as well as their servants) find themselves making decisions about life that they never thought they'd face.
It's tough to judge "Goodbye Piccadilly" on its own, as it is evidently the first part of a larger story. While the book has a definite beginning, the ending is appropriately abrupt, stopping with the Christmas Truce of 1914; presumably the next one will pick up in January 1915. But it's laid the groundwork for a host of characters and their stories, and I'm looking forward to seeing how they manage the war.
be the beginning of another series exploring Britain before World War 1...........and, I presume, following it up with subsequent books about what
happens to the characters over time. A mildly pleasant read!