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Keep the Home Fires Burning: The Complete Novel Paperback – May 1, 2018
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Keep it up Mr. Block - we are not ready to leave Great Paxford quite yet!
While this is not great literature, it is wonderful storytelling, with the original TV characters convincingly developed as their lives in their small Cheshire village continue during difficult times. Who, having watched the series and read the book, does not want the psychopathic Bob to eventually get his come-uppance? Or for Pat to find happiness? The list of loose ends goes on and on. P.T Barnum would undoubtedly approve.
Thank you, Simon Block, for continuing to give us our "Home Fires" fix.
Like other fans of the British television 'Home Fires,' I was very disappointed to hear the series was shockingly cancelled after two seasons, despite its popularity and high ratings. I was later overjoyed to hear that the series creator, Simon Block, would have us die hard fans of the series return to Great Paxford, but this time around, in book form. And what a lovely, and charming return it has been.
Thus far, I've only read the first twenty chapters. At almost 500 pages, the chapters are short and poetically slow, but are filled with sweet loveliness as if you were watching the series on screen. Since we've already watched the series, Simon Block softly repaints the countryside village in all it's quaint and elegant sensibility; Cheshire County's sky is teeming with RAF and enemy planes, but are concurrently blue with hope; the cottages that dot the village are filled with optimistic townsfolk praying for the ravages of war to end; the ladies of WI are as determined and resolute as ever, with again, not one string of hair out of place.Everything we love is here.
The novel starts exactly where the last scene of season 2's cliffhanger finale ended. It then flashes back two weeks to reintroduce us to the ladies of WI and the rest of the townsfolk of Great Paxford. In the two weeks prior, scenes of which we've seen briefly on screen during the second season, are filled in and elaborated upon further. New developments to the ladies' individual stories and their WI starts at chapter 11.
While reading these first twenty chapters, I found myself smiling, laughing, and captivated allover again at the hopes and dreams of characters whom I adore, with their warts and all. I can't wait to finish it.
If you're a true fan of these characters and the TV series, you'll be happy to know that in the back of the book are two surprises: first, Simon Block does a quick Q&A and reveals this book is the first of what will be at least three in what he envisions to be a continuation of the ladies' stories during World War II and beyond. Second, a recipe for a Sponge Cake is included, which is recommended to be made with homemade raspberry jam, and to be eaten with a cup of tea. Nothing fancy, but lovely nonetheless.
I am definitely not ready to leave Great Paxford behind. Thanks to Simon Block, we won't be leaving the village any time soon.
I'll update my review once I've finished the entire book. In the main time, get yourself a copy of the book and join in for tea in the countryside.
Right now, the only thing negative I have to say about the book is that it only comes in kindle download and paperback; I'd much prefer a hardcover version but the paperback will do.
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If you've not watched the two seasons (or series) of the excellent Home Fires television show, you should absolutely do that before reading this...Read more