A bit disappointing. In the back cover and on the author's mini bio there's a strong emphasis on the fact her Dad a WWI genius and also that she's got a PhD in history from Oxford University. That's wonderful but why mention it if it's not relevant to the book? And if it is... then unfortunately it does not help, as you expect a super well-wirtten, thoroughly-researched story and instead get some chik-lit plot set during WWI Full of detail on the lives of female drivers in France? Yes, there's plenty of that. The suffering of the war? (Something one might expect in a so-called historical novel written by a historian) not so much. It's a romantic fairytale in which the Great War is just the excuse for Robson's characters to fall in love. A super posh spoiled girl leaving her wealthy family for love.. hard to believe, really. And the fact she actually manages? Harder to believe still. The repetitive descriptions of Robbie, his blond hair, his blue eyes... sigh... sigh... So cheesy, please! At time I had the feeling I was reading a Jane Austen wannabe. Maybe it was my mistake. Maybe had I been aware this was a romance I would not have felt so disappointed....Continua
This story of a sheltered young woman who finds love and purpose during service World War I has some plot weaknesses. The young heroine leaves her background of wealth and privilege and makes a smooth transition to life on her own--a situation which strains credulity a bit. Nevertheless, it is an absorbing story, with characters who earn the readers' affection and support.
Worth reading, especially for those who enjoy historical fiction served with romance