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The Last Telegram

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7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Lily Vernow lived through World War II and this is her story.  H

Lily Vernow lived through World War II and this is her story.  Her family owned a silk weaving factory where during the war they wove parachute silk.




Lily’s brother, John, takes in three Jewish boy refuges from Germany and they start working at the factory.  One of ...
Lily Vernow lived through World War II and this is her story.  Her family owned a silk weaving factory where during the war they wove parachute silk.




Lily’s brother, John, takes in three Jewish boy refuges from Germany and they start working at the factory.  One of these boys, Stefan, catches Lily’s heart and their love grows.  But even in their safe little town being a Jew from Germany could be a problem.




I am not sure I can describe how much I enjoyed this book.  The Last Telegram was perfectly written,  telling a beautiful story of love, family, loss, and guilt during World War II.  Liz Trenow did an amazing job teaching me about silk.  Every chapter gave facts about where silk came from and how it was used in the 1940’s, but yet the story was not about silk.




I loved Lily.  From her journey into silk as a young girl, to an old lady who had survived it all she was my favorite character.  The relationship between Stefan and Lily showed exactly how much they were meant for each other.  The chapters with their story in them were my absolute favorite. 




The Last Telegram is perfect.  I was captured by the first page.  This is a story I am sure I will read over and over.  

posted by CharlotteLynnsReviews on April 8, 2013

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

290 pages

This 290 page novel is perfectly edited. There are so many good reviews, I was looking forward to reading this book. It did not meet my expectations. It was rather boring. WW II and the depression are my favorite eras to read about when I am not engrossed in a mystery o...
This 290 page novel is perfectly edited. There are so many good reviews, I was looking forward to reading this book. It did not meet my expectations. It was rather boring. WW II and the depression are my favorite eras to read about when I am not engrossed in a mystery or suspense novel. There were so many my dear ones, sweet one, darling child - girl - boy and other overly sachrine pet names, it got on my nerves. There really wasn' t much about the war itself, other than one scene which was very sad and tramatic, the rest of the war was about how it impacted and inconvenienced the family. I was surprized there was premartial sex and quite risque talk for this time period. Another shocker was the lesbian friend. There is tragic death, violence, a really hateful, so called gentleman and a brother, who seemed to want to sell his sister's body for a factory contract. This book is set in England during the entire war. It is about an 80 year old woman and what she remembers about the war and her family's silk factory, which was coverted to make parachutes during the war. She carries a lot of guilt over some bad decisions she made as plant manager and tratment of her friends. I found this book rather sad. Before each chapter there is a paragraph on the history of silk, taken from a book her father wrote, before his death. This is not a bad book, it just was not what I expected and it seemed....well, a bit boring. There is quite of adult subject matter, but none of it is very explicit.

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  • Posted May 16, 2014

    Good read

    I thought the book was pretty good overall. There were some interesting facts regarding silk and its history. The storyline was set during a very interesting time in England and anyone having any interest in world war II will enjoy to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2014

    I really liked the plot and characters. I have to admit I teared

    I really liked the plot and characters. I have to admit I teared up a few times. Definitely worth reading.

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  • Posted April 28, 2014

    "The Last Telegram" is one of the best books I have re

    "The Last Telegram" is one of the best books I have read in a very long time. The characters were so real to life. This book gave me a lot of appreciation and insight as far as silk weaving and how much work was involved while manufacturing parachutes back during WWII. Not only was this a beautiful love story but a a tremendous story about a loving family trying to survive and make a living during the depression era. This story was so real to life and made me appreciate how difficult the times were back then. This book, "The Last Telegram," should be on a "must read" shelf at Barnes & Noble with all of the history... the characters were so true to life that I felt as though I was there. I could not put this book down. Good job Lily Vernow... I look forward to reading more of her books!! Definitely a 5-Star book.

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