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The first chapters of the book were excellent, marred only by too much Scottish dialogue in Scottish dialect. The book's flow was interrupted. The author's mechanics of good writing were fine except for giving different fictitious characters the same or similar names. There were way too many throwaway characters. The descriptions of how the people lived and coped with death and destruction caused by WWII were excellent. The author was longwinded and repeated himself through much of the book. The principal characters were Charlie Burns and his daughter, Ellen. I loved the history of Dunkirk and the way Charlie used common sense to get the merchant mariners out of there. He did have a way of using whatever means available to save his hide. Charlie was a wise man evidenced by the way he treated people in their individual and group situations. He had foresight in knowing that Donald was a doomed man when he married Ellen. Charlie was pleased to give his problem, Ellen, to another man in hope that he, Charlie, could live a calmer life. What was wrong with Ellen? She was self centered, calculating, controlling, beautiful.... She was chiefly a bad girl breaking men's hearts and worrying her parents to death. The part of her that was good rarely manifested itself and quickly retreated from public viewing.
The Allied forces of whatever nature were sitting ducks at Dunkirk and in the Arctic region. My stomach clinched as I wondered where the reinforcements were. On water or land, citizens and servicemen alike were destroyed or damaged if they were within range of German fighter planes or Uboats. Had Britain, France and other European allies not been preparing for war? That and how the nations finally lined up as Allied or Axis powers is food for researchers. I can picture troops lined up ready to march asking, "Who are we marching for
Thank you, Mr. Morrison, for a good read.
For example, I liked when Mary is at her mother's funeral and while grieving makes the realization that someday her kids will have to attend her funeral and feel the same way she feels. I also liked when the ship Charlie is on is under attack and as he sees the bombs dropping, he imagines being on a picnic with his wife. Other things I liked in this book was how Bessie and Ellen changed throughout the story. There is also a good scene where Andy finds the people he works with are more then they seem and there is a good commentary on how its the working class that really pays the price in a time of crisis.
Murdo Morrison put a lot of work into the research of Roses Of Winter and should be commended for it. He read several accounts of people in Scotland who lived through that period; also the ships in the story we're based on real ships from the era. The tenaments that many of the characters lived in were based on the place where the author's mother grew up and was very similar to where the author used to live in.
Roses of Winter is kind of like a journey through World War 2, where you will find a little bit of everything. The book has a couple of love stories, there is loss, suspense, a suicide and some good battle scenes. At its core, the story is about how families and friends pull together to survive in the face of disaster. Roses Of Winter is a great human drama and an excellent read.
Brought back many good memories of a time when the true spirit of Scotland's people shone through the hard times of war, death and hunger.