Passing Bells

Passing Bells

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by Phillip Rock
     
 

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The guns of August are rumbling throughout Europe in the summer of 1914, but war has not yet touched Abingdon Pryory. Here, at the grand home of the Greville family, the parties, dances, and romances play on. Alexandra Greville embarks on her debutante season while brother Charles remains hopelessly in love with the beautiful, untitled Lydia Foxe, knowing that his

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The guns of August are rumbling throughout Europe in the summer of 1914, but war has not yet touched Abingdon Pryory. Here, at the grand home of the Greville family, the parties, dances, and romances play on. Alexandra Greville embarks on her debutante season while brother Charles remains hopelessly in love with the beautiful, untitled Lydia Foxe, knowing that his father, the Earl of Stanmore, will never approve of the match. Downstairs the new servant, Ivy, struggles to adjust to the routines of the well-oiled household staff, as the arrival of American cousin Martin Rilke, a Chicago newspaperman, causes a stir.

But, ultimately, the Great War will not be denied, as what begins for the high-bred Grevilles as a glorious adventure soon takes its toll—shattering the household's tranquillity, crumbling class barriers, and bringing its myriad horrors home.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review
“A capacity to shock, to astonish, and to engage . . . written throughout with economy and wit.”
Chicago Tribune Book World
“Swift and startling power . . . moving . . . entertaining . . . can absorb you into its fictional landscape as easily as Alice passing through the looking glass.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780872235182
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
03/28/1979

Meet the Author

Born in Hollywood, California, Phillip Rock lived in England with his family until the blitz of 1940. He spent his adult years in Los Angeles and published three novels before the Passing Bells series: Flickers, The Dead in Guanajuato, and The Extraordinary Seaman. He died in 2004.

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Passing Bells 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know which book the person read that said there was a lot of swearing. I am almost finished with the book and I have seen only one swear word. It was a very good book which I have enjoyed reading and I plan to read the other two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of parallels between thePassing Bells book trilogy by Phillip Rock and PBS Masterpiece series Downton Abbey. Well developed characters that grow and evolve as the world and society they live in is transformed by World War 1. Book one begins summer 1914 just before the comfortable world of the Greville family will be forever changed. Parallels to Downton Abbey imclude an Earl that married a Chicago heiress to save his family estate, servants with ambition, almost grown children on the brink of adulthood and a beautiful house and lifestyle that is quickly becoming a memory as the devestation of the Great War inexorably rolls on.
mfz More than 1 year ago
Well drawn characters, interesting history, Showed how the difference in the classes and the role of women changed due to the 1st World War in England.
giki More than 1 year ago
I'm still reading this book, but have found the characters and story line interesting. I have read several books covering this era. I like historical novels and this is very good. The changes in the class system and women's lives is very well portrayed. I will read more from Mr. Rock.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely worth reading!
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Got this book from the library and tried to read it but didn't get beyond the first or second chapter - it is filled with swearing! If the first pages are a preview of a book - I wouldn't want to finish this one. Disappointed, I had hoped for a good read...