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Shake Down the Stars Mass Market Paperback – October, 1989

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From Publishers Weekly

This impressive first novel follows events in the lives of its three main characters from the dawn of their womanhood to the conclusion of the climactic events in their lives, taking place during the first years of WW II. "Romantic in the best sense of the word, brimming with tension and drama, this involving novel is impossible to put down," lauded PW.
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The publisher has compared this novel with Rosamunde Pilcher's The Shell Seekers ( LJ 1/88), which St. Martin's also published, and, indeed, this has the same atmosphere of everyday life in abnormal times. Beatrice, Lucy, and Virginia are from the same village, though from different backgrounds. Each wants love, marriage, children, and a vocation. Each finds them but not in the way she has anticipated, nor even with the man she expected. As World War II continues in England, problems and crises are overcome by individual effort. The narrative is written in the present tense, which leads to confusion of verb tenses, but the reader forgets the grammatical problems for long periods in the immediacy of the story. This first author has an enjoyable hit on her hands. Troll Book Club main selection.
- Andrea Lee Shuey, Dallas P.L.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 642 pages
  • Publisher: St Martins Mass Market Paper; Reprint edition (October 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312917295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312917296
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,026,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lose yourself in the stories of Virginia, Lucy and Beattie. Watch three young women grow and change as their lives adjust to life in England during World War II. As the war blurs the divisions between the classes, Virginia, Beattie and Lucy struggle with accepting new challenges and overcoming stereotypes. Romance, rejection, triumphs, losses - this book has it all. One of my favorite books of this genre.
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Format: Hardcover
I found this book at a yard sale many years ago, and I've since read it a dozen or more times. It reaches in and grips your soul, it speaks directly to the core of your being. It's a story of 3 women and how their lives intertwine through the years, and how war and love effect their lives. I have never found another book quite like it. It's spectacular and I highly recommend it.
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Riveting! Highly recommended! Excellent. A novel about three British women and their trials, problems, relationship, failures, and successes! This book includes great friendships, betrayal, obsession, great loves, desertion, lies, and much, much more! It is set during World War Two and gives glimpses of the changing social structure. This book was well worth my time and money. Other authors of fiction and non-fiction that are excellent using this time period are: Duncan Barrett, William Jarvis, Laurie Graham, Helen Forrester, Margaret Mayhew, Judith Lennox, Soraya Lane, Mary Gibson, Melynda Jarrett, Vera F. Cracknell Long, Erik Larson, Eileen Townsend, Pamela Winfield, Iris Jones Simantel, Sandra Dallas, Jane Kirkpatrick, and Anne DeCourcy. This book was excellent! A+++++++++++
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Format: Hardcover
Want to know what Claire Beauchamp Randall's life was like in pre- and early wartime Britain? So far, there is no written story from Claire's point of view for that time period.
( Gosh, #DianaGabaldon you left out something? a story that is Not in Outlander Series YET?? "A leaf on the wind" on ebook has some of this, showing #RogerMacKenzieWakefield's parents in wartime Scotland, with bad planes and no money or time. Roger was likely an immaculate conception--just joking. Reading "a Leaf" is a tearful experience and very short on peacetime reflection by characters endangered by Stone Circles Airplane leaks, and emergent war.
Ms. Gabalbon's ebook details the RAF's sacrifices.. especially in her post-novel comments.
I stumbled on #ShakeDowntheStars bk at a yard sale, but I bless that choice with every line. A first Novel written before electronic communication allowed more feedback, It is rather un-edited as to tense or other finery, but the errors seem to make the story more emergent and immediate, as if Ms Donnelly was writing down the stories as she heard them from the more honest old folks.

"Shake Down the Stars" is a first novel that details the prewar life in England, with several members of a small village/Manor as they transition to a dangerous life that changed youthful angst to war priorities. It was an oncoming disaster caused by Upper Class arrogance and incuriosity, with too many old guys in decision-making leadership. (Complimentary story is "The King's Speech" movie about Abdication of King Edward. Shaking Down the STARZ (good title for a #Starz_pr network season also) might well involve Diana's new novella, including this British history with our favorite Midcentury Matron.
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Format: Hardcover
One of the most heart wrenching and true to life stories I have ever enjoyed. Frances is truly a gifted writer. I felt as if I was one of the girls friends, I lived all their moments. I wish all books could be as down to earth as this one.
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