Author: Rhys Bowen
This is the first Rhys Bowen book that I’ve read. I picked it up because the genre is my second favorite– WWII historical fiction and it has been in the “news” as a must read for 2017.
Synopsis: Set during WWII, the story the Farleigh Field (Place) family and their neighbors dealing with all the repercussions of the War. The main characters are scattered all over the place– France, the war, MI5, Bletchley Park and at home. The two main characters, Ben and Pamela are helping the war in their own way and when there is a thought that a German spy is among the members of Farleigh Field, it takes them home.
Review: I enjoyed this one and it would be a great beach read and here’s why:
- It’s nice and short
- While there is mystery involved, it’s not a mystery that would take a lot of thinking
- The characters are interesting in their own way
- It brings up MI-5 and Bletchley Park just enough to want to make you read something more detailed about the two
- It shows how the upper class “tried” to live during the War
- It brought up the idea of the spies and what was going on at home (ie: the war wasn’t just fought on the battlefield)
However, I wouldn’t go out of my way to tell you that you have to read this. While I enjoyed it, I found some characters a little obnoxious even if they were interesting, it was very predictable (at least to me — maybe I’m reading too much!) and I could have done without the little bit of romance that there was. It felt forced more than anything else.
Overall I gave this 4 stars and really do believe it would be a great beach read even with some of the negatives. As always, click the picture for more info!