The Care and Management of Lies: A Novel of the Great War

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By July 1914, the ties between Kezia Marchant and Thea Brissenden, friends since girlhood, have become strained—by Thea's passionate embrace of women's suf­frage, and by the imminent marriage of Kezia to Thea's brother, Tom, who runs the family farm. When Kezia and Tom wed just a month before war is declared between Britain and Germany, Thea's gift to Kezia is a book on household management—a veiled criticism of the bride's prosaic life to come. Yet when Tom enlists to fight for his country and Thea is drawn ...

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By July 1914, the ties between Kezia Marchant and Thea Brissenden, friends since girlhood, have become strained—by Thea's passionate embrace of women's suf­frage, and by the imminent marriage of Kezia to Thea's brother, Tom, who runs the family farm. When Kezia and Tom wed just a month before war is declared between Britain and Germany, Thea's gift to Kezia is a book on household management—a veiled criticism of the bride's prosaic life to come. Yet when Tom enlists to fight for his country and Thea is drawn reluctantly onto the battlefield, the farm becomes Kezia's responsibility. Each must find a way to endure the ensuing cataclysm and turmoil.

As Tom marches to the front lines, and Kezia battles to keep her ordered life from unraveling, they hide their despair in letters and cards filled with stories woven to bring comfort. But will well-intended lies and self-deception be of use when they come face to face with the enemy?

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The Great War would be over by Christmas, so Tom Brissenden seemed to have little hesitation volunteering for service even though he had been married only a few months. His sister Thea soon followed him off to the battlefield, filling her ambulance with the wounded again and again and driving them back to base. That left Kezia, the vicar's suffragette daughter and Tom's wife, to manage the farm and send off encouraging missives to her best friend and her new husband. Jacqueline Winspear's new standalone novel conveys a vivid sense of three different people responding to events unfolding far beyond their control. Editor's recommendation.

Margot Livesey
“In this dazzling novel Jacqueline Winspear writes irresistibly about the First World War, both in the trenches of France and the fields of England. Her characters walk off the page and into our imaginations, as we fight with them, farm with them, cook with them. I devoured this book.”
Herman Wouk
“An engaging picture of the human spirit in a distant time of war, World War I, from the battlefields to the home front in an English village.”
Adam Hochschild
“A haunting evocation, from an unusual angle, of the war that cast such a shadow over the whole 20th century. Jacqueline Winspear knows her native England, and the human heart, very well indeed.”
Booklist
“In a stand-alone departure from her popular post-WWI mystery series featuring psychologist Maisie Dobbs, Winspear has created memorable characters in a moving, beautifully paced story of love and duty.”
Martin Cruz Smith
“There is power in subtlety. This one is a stunner.”
the Oprah Magazine O
“Fiction at once fresh and timeless, intimate and sweeping that chronicles the challenging friendship between a suffragist and a farmer’s wife….A rare stand-alone novel by the author of the beloved Maisie Dobbs series.”
Good Housekeeping
“Captivating.”
Bobbi Dumas
“Winspear knows the history of the war that changed the world. In The Care and Management of Lies, she’s telling us the story, she’s bringing it home. Beautifully, tragically, indelibly.”
Bill Goldstein
“A simply told, beautifully written story.”
USA Today
“Jacqueline Winspear is one of our best….Beautifully imagined and executed….As with every Winspear novel, there is beautiful writing-and in Kezia and Tom, two characters you won’t soon forget.”
Seattle Times
“Just as strong [as the Maisie Dobbs series]-enough to guarantee satisfaction for even the most fervent Maisie fan.”
Maureen Corrigan
“Winspear has returned—via a good new, standalone, non-mystery novel called The Care and Management of Lies—to the wartime period that clearly continues to haunt her. In a publishing season crowded with commemorations of the outbreak of World War I...Winspear’s books more than hold their own.”
Washington Post
“s much a story of the home front as of the battlefield, this new stand-alone novel is, above all, a moving tale about the beauty of those very virtues—fortitude, faithfulness, compassion—that the Great War called into question.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“Captivating….It is in Kezia’s imagination and kitchen where this tragic story of war, passion, love and friendship comes alive. Winspear illustrates how food-whether it’s imaginary or real-can provide the perfect amount of tenderness and compassion when it’s needed the most….A suspenseful wartime narrative.”
Washington Times
“A moving and remarkable book.”
NPR's Fresh Air
“Winspear has returned—via a good new, standalone, non-mystery novel called The Care and Management of Lies—to the wartime period that clearly continues to haunt her. In a publishing season crowded with commemorations of the outbreak of World War I...Winspear’s books more than hold their own.”
Publishers Weekly
05/12/2014
The Great War’s impact on the home front and battlefield is portrayed in Winspear’s (the Maisie Dobbs series) winning stand-alone tale about two girlfriends and how their disparate lives entwine when one of them marries the other’s brother. Kezia and Thea couldn’t be more different: Kezia is a vicar’s daughter and Thea (originally called “Dorrit”—from Dorothea—by her Dickens-loving family) grew up on the family farm as a tomboy, competing with her younger brother, Tom. Both girls were scholarship students, but it’s their differences that bind them. Tensions rise when Kezia becomes engaged to Tom. Thea doubts her city-born friend can manage farm life and, as a dig, gives her The Woman’s Book, a publication advising women on a variety of subjects. Excerpts from it, as well as from military manuals of the time, set up chapters told from varying points of view, including that of Edmund Hawkes, a member of the gentry and Tom’s neighbor, who becomes Tom’s commanding officer. Tom enlists and becomes his sergeant’s whipping boy; Kezia thrives as mistress of the farm; and Thea transforms from being a suffragist and pacifist to running an ambulance on the front lines. To keep up Tom’s spirits, Kezia sends letters detailing the imaginary scrumptious meals she’s prepared for him, which he shares with his comrades. While questioning war’s value and showing its terrible effects off the battlefield, Winspear fashions a stunning trajectory for her main characters. Agent: Amy Ren­nert, Amy Rennert Agency. (July)
NPR's Fresh Air
“Winspear has returned—via a good new, standalone, non-mystery novel called The Care and Management of Lies—to the wartime period that clearly continues to haunt her. In a publishing season crowded with commemorations of the outbreak of World War I...Winspear’s books more than hold their own.”
Library Journal
05/15/2014
Winspear's beloved period mysteries featuring Masie Dobbs (Leaving Everything Most Loved) depict an England haunted by memories of the Great War, so it's no surprise that she uses the conflict as the backdrop to this elegiac historical, her first stand-alone novel. Kezia and Tom Brissenden have been married only a few weeks when Britain declares war on Germany on August 4, 1914. Tom enlists, leaving his town-bred bride in charge of his sprawling Kent farm. His commanding officer is Edmund Hawkes, an aristocratic neighbor whose loneliness is magnified amid the horror of the trenches. Meanwhile, Thea Brissenden, Tom's sister and Kezia's estranged best friend, volunteers as an ambulance driver on the front lines to avoid charges of sedition stemming from her involvement with a pacifist group. Kezia and Tom exchange letters full of love and well-intended deceit concocted to shield the other from anguish, while Edmund and Thea struggle to overcome self-deception and find meaning in a senseless war. VERDICT Though this is not a mystery, Winspear's fans should welcome the keen period detail and thoughtful tone so familiar from the Maisie Dobbs books, while historical fiction readers will be gripped by this sensitive portrayal of ordinary men and women on the home front and battlefield. [See Prepub Alert, 1/26/14; for more novels about World War I, see Mara Bandy's roundup "Battle Scars," LJ 11/1/13.—Ed.]—Annabelle Mortensen, Skokie P.L., IL
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-05-19
Five kind and honorable people are caught up in the depredations of the Great War in this first stand-alone novel by the author of the Maisie Dobbs mystery series (Leaving Everything Most Loved, 2013, etc.)In 1914, as war looms, newlyweds Tom and Kezia Brissenden are making a go of the farm Tom inherited from his father, a farm that would have been part of the estate of wealthy gentleman Edmund Hawkes had not his great-grandfather lost it to Tom's great-grandfather in a darts game. Kezia, a vicar's daughter, is earnestly striving to supplant her finishing school ways with those of a farm wife, consulting a housewifery guide, The Woman's Book. Although Hawkes is attracted to Kezia, he keeps a respectful distance, just as he is cordial but not friendly toward Tom. This distance persists as Tom and Hawkes both enlist and are sent to the front line in France, where Tom, a private, serves under Capt. Hawkes. Kezia keeps Tom's spirits up with her letters describing the sumptuous meals she prepares for him in her imagination, where wartime food shortages and government inroads on the farm's production aren't problems. The whole battalion soon looks forward to her letters and the occasional fruitcake. However, Tom is scapegoated by this novel's closest thing to a villain, the cynical and embittered Sgt. Knowles, who resents the influx of so many green recruits. Meanwhile, Tom's sister (and Kezia's best friend), Thea, anguishes over whether she will be arrested for her activities as a suffragette and pacifist. Ultimately, she decides that the only way to escape government oppression is to reaffirm her loyalty: She becomes an ambulance driver at the front, where Kezia's father, Rev. Marchant, is ministering to troops in the trenches. Without questioning either the cause of the war or the dubious tactics employed, seemingly, to ensure maximum loss of life for minimal military advantage, these characters simply get on with it, reaffirming our faith in the possibility of everyday nobility.A sad, beautifully written, contemplative testament.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062220530
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/15/2014
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 296,294
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jacqueline Winspear

Jacqueline Winspear is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels featuring Maisie Dobbs, a former World War I nurse turned investigator. Originally from the United Kingdom, Winspear now lives in California.

Biography

Lovers of British mysteries and historical novels will find something to appreciate in Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs books. Maisie, a housemaid-turned-student-turned-nurse-turned private investigator in early 20th-century London, manages to straddle Britain's class system by being a woman of exceptional "bearing" and intellect who happens to come from working-class stock. As an investigator, she's green, but sharp and ambitious. She's also surrounded by vividly sketched secondary players, such as her benefactor, Lady Rowan, and mentor Maurice Blanche.

In Winspear's first Maisie story, we learn the character's background: Forced by family circumstances to go to work as a housemaid at an early age, Maisie Dobbs' curiosity and intellect are noticed by her employer, Lady Rowan. Rowan takes care of her education, and she makes it to university – but the Great War interrupts her ambitions. She serves as a nurse in France, then returns to England and starts her career as a private investigator in 1929. Her first case seems like a simple investigation into infidelity; it grows into something larger when it leads realizes there's something amiss at a convalescent home for war veterans called The Retreat.

Winspear's talent didn't go unnoticed when her first novel was published in July 2003. Maisie Dobbs was named in "best" lists in both the New York Times and Publishers Weekly. It was also nominated in the best novel category for an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. There was an almost palpable sense of relief in the reviews, pleasant surprise that someone had offered not only a solid addition to the historical mystery genre, but had given it further depth and breadth. As an NPR reviewer put it, "[The book's] intelligent eccentricity offers relief."

Telling Maisie's stories using a warm third-person narrator, Winspear charms with her ability to convey the historical context surrounding her characters, particularly regarding the impact of the Great War. For this reason, and because her mysteries steer clear of graphic violence or sex, her books are often recommended for younger readers also. Far from hardboiled, Winspear's characters are very human, and she delivers a little romance and heartache along with the criminal wrongdoing.

Part of the appeal in Winspear's books also lies in her ability to bring a deeper, more philosophical atmosphere to the proceedings. Maisie is trained in Freudian psychology and is as interested in helping as she is in solving. A case referenced in the second Maisie story, Birds of a Feather, for example, "would not be filed away until those whose lives were touched by her investigation had reached a certain peace with her findings, with themselves, and with one another." Reading Winspear's Dobbs series may not bring inner peace, but there is something relaxing about spending time with her appealing characters.

Good To Know

Winspear also works as a creative coach. She writes on her web site, "As a coach I am engaged by those who want to establish clear intentions for their artistic endeavors, to support and encourage so that they sustain a level of energy and empowerment which is demonstrated in work that is rewarding, inspiring -- and finished!" Winspear also writes about international education.

Winspear loves outdoor pursuits such as horseback riding, hiking, sailing, and mountain biking; she's also an avid traveler, according to her web site bio.

In our interview, Winspear shared some fun facts about herself:

"My first ever job after college was as a flight attendant. I wanted to travel and could not afford it, so I decided to get myself a job where I could travel. I did it for two years and had great fun."

"My worst-ever job was in an egg-packing factory when I was 16."

"I love dogs, horses and generally all animals. I will always stop to check on stray dogs -- I once ended up in the emergency room with a tick embedded in me which had jumped off a dog I had rescued from a busy road. It was a deer tick, which carries Lyme Disease, so I wasn't taking any chances. Funnily enough, when I opened the only magazine in the emergency room, it was to a page carrying an article on tick bites and disease. It stated that you have six hours after the tick embeds itself, before it begins to release the bacteria that cause disease. I counted the hours from rescuing the dog, and by the time the doctor came in I was pleading, ‘Get this thing out of me!!!'"

"My favorite way to unwind is to go for a walk with my husband and the dog at the end of the working day, then we go to our local health club for a swim and to sit by the pool and read for a while. I love time with family and friends, but completely relish time on my own when I have no agenda to follow, no to-do's, just me and time alone."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Jackie Winspear
    2. Hometown:
      Ojai, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 30, 1955
    2. Place of Birth:
      Weald of Kent, England
    1. Education:
      The University of London’s Institute of Education
    2. Website:

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  • Posted July 5, 2014

    This is a very well written book. Kezia's best friend Dorrit met

    This is a very well written book. Kezia's best friend Dorrit met as scholarship students at a prestigious girl's school. Kezie , a vicar's daughter, is set to marry Dorrit's  younger brother Tom and begin her life as a farmer's wife when on a visit to Dorrit in London she realizes how different their two lives have become. Doirrit now wants to be called Thea. She is very involved in women's suffrage and the pacifist movement while Kezie will soon be trying to adapt herself to being a farmer's wife.

    Much to Tom's and Kezie's surprise, Kezie becomes an excellent farm wife. She approaches the cooking with very little skill but with great joy and imagination. She and Tom are truly happy on the farm. Then WW1 interrupts their lives. Tom  enlists in the army where he inadvertently becomes the scapegoat of Sargent Knowles. Thea, to escape prosecution as a pacifist, becomes an ambulance driver. Even Kesie's father the Vicar is sent overseas to minister to the troops. Meanwhile Kezie is left home to run the farm on her own with the only two remaining farm workers, an older knowledgeable man and a you g man who is unable to serve because he is lame. She fends off the army who wants her horses, pulls down orchards, as ordered, and works until she is totally exhausted. However she thrives on all the work and impresses the farm hands with her decisions to hire women to do some of the work and also has a German prisoner among  her hands. 

    At night she writes Tom loving letters of imaginary meals she is cooking for him hiding any of the hardships she's enduring. Tom reads these love letters and writes back about how wonderful her meals taste to him instead of telling her of the horrors of war. This has been touted as a stand alone book so, to my mind, the ending was very abrupt. I don't want to give anything away  and I understand that real life does have very abrupt situations but I really wanted to know what happens next. I want to know where Kezie will go from here and what she will do. 

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  • Posted July 8, 2014

    What Am I Supposed to Get From This?

    What Am I Supposed to Get From This? As usual with Winspear, this novel is well written, and once again, she takes us to WWI Europe just like in the early Maisie Dobbs novels. However, just like the middle to late Dobbs stories, I have to conclude it might be time for the author to explore other time periods and settings because there is absolutely nothing new here. Once again, we have decent people torn apart by WWI complete with devastating personal tragedy, graphic (quite graphic) depictions of battle, plus the subtle and sweeping ways the war changed British society. In this novel, we meet the family triangle of Kezia, her best friend Thea, and Thea's brother Tom who Kezia marries. Kezia and Tom set out on on a pastoral, almost idyllic, life on the family farm while Thea becomes increasingly embroiled in London politics. The problem is that there is no real in depth characterization of anyone--especially Thea. Why she does what she does...well, it seems she doesn't really care about anything but just goes along with what seems good or safe at the time. Kezia and Tom are cardboard: sweet,loving, bound to the earth; at times, they are almost saint-like to the point of boredom. Only Hawke, a neighboring landowner and Tom's battle commander, shows some shades of gray--but even that is never really explored to any satisfaction. I found the title totally misleading--I won't give anything away but will say I'm not sure how or why it stayed the title as the action doesn't really reflect its implications. As for the letters and LONG food/recipe descriptions within them that Kezia sends Tom: yes, this is to offer comfort and escape, to bring the beauty of home to the horrors of the war--but they go on way too long; it got to the point where they seemed to be page fillers. Maybe this should have been a novella? And while subtlety has its beauty, there's WAY too much in this novel to give the reader any satisfaction. I just kept thinking, 'what are we supposed to gleam from this other than the war was horrific and tore people apart?' The ending is another puzzle: this thing just ENDS. Is it the set up for another installment? Are we going to learn more about this family? I'm not sure I'm interested. Generally well written, but frustrating and ultimately (for me) waste of time.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 24, 2014

    Kezia and Dorritt/Thea started out to be great characters but th

    Kezia and Dorritt/Thea started out to be great characters but they never developed. I found my self half way through the book wondering when it would end.
    Loved the Maisie Dobbs series so I was anticipating a great novel. Right from the beginning I didn't care for the name given to the lead character: Kezia. How can I tell you how much I wished she had been name Rose or Catherine or Bonnie or anything except something that was unpronounceable and unrelated to anyone or thing. Ms. Winspear it was a good try but I get the feeling that you lost your interest in this one.

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  • Posted July 18, 2014

    Not as brilliant as I had hoped. I wanted to love this book bec

    Not as brilliant as I had hoped. I wanted to love this book because I love the Maisie novels and I love historical novels. But I found I truly had to trudge through this one. It has some special qualities to it, but ... just not as good as I had hoped. Sorry, Jacqueline Winspear. I hate not to write a glowing review.

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  • Posted September 18, 2014

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Kezia, our main

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings

    Kezia, our main character didn't pull me in and I had a hard time connecting to her. Thea her friend and sister-in-law was easier to relate to and get to know, I enjoyed each time she was given a voice to tell her side of things.

    A slow going historical fiction that moved at such a slow pace that it was hard to keep my interest. I am not saying there wasn't action because there was as the author greatly captured the anticipation of war before it begins, but for some reason it felt as though things were repeated that weren't worth repeating and feelings were told over and over when once was enough.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2014

    Wonderful

    This was an amazing read. WW1 was so different through British eyes as I am constantly reminded by work such as this.

    The characters have connections to each other: Tom Brissenden and his sister Dorthea; her best friend Keziza Marchant, the vicar's daughter, and Edmund Hawkes, the Lord of the Manor on the property next door to Marshals Farm where Tom and Kezia set up housekeeping after their wedding. Thea, Tom's sister, is unable to wrap her head around how her friend Kezia will do as a farmer's wife, and gives her a book about being a good wife as a "dig" to what Kezia is giving up.

    Married under the threat of The Great War as the Brits call it, Tom is compelled to enlist soon after reports of the death of a Village boy. As a farmer, he is not required to, but he feels its his duty, and leaves for France to do the best he can.

    Thea, a sufferagist and pacifist, lives in London and teaches children. Her attending rallies almost gets her arrested, and just as she ran from the farm, she runs from the pacifists when she volunteers to drive Red Cross jeeps at the Front.

    Edmund has run his inheritance well, and enlists to fight as an officer on the Front Lines. What compelled him was some sense of duty. He still seems to just be an observer though, peeking through the windows of his soldiers lives as he censors the mail in and out for the troops.

    I really liked Winspear's style, alternating the war and the homefront seamlessly as she describes things and sequences as if the character is right there. One character that overshadows all the others is the War itself, and how each is changed by force, by faith and by love. A compelling read, I recommend it

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  • Posted August 10, 2014

    I wasn't sure I was going to like this at first since it was not

    I wasn't sure I was going to like this at first since it was not a Maisie Dobbs novel but after the first few chapters I really got in to it.  I could taste and smell the food that she wrote about.  I am not sure I liked the ending but it was what it was.  I look forward to many more of her novels.

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  • Posted August 1, 2014

    Highly Recommend this series -- Maisie Dobbs

    The entire Maisie Dobbs series wonderfully describes the era of the First World War ... what an entertaining way to learn about the war and how it affected so many people. Makes one wonder why we keep getting into wars!!

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  • Posted August 1, 2014

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    Winspear scores again

    If you've read and loved the Maisie Dobbs novels, you'll want to read Winspear's departure from the detective genre into a more pastoral exploration of the impact of the Great War on an English family.

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  • Posted July 31, 2014

    It was with some trepidation that I opened Jacqueline Winspear¿s

    It was with some trepidation that I opened Jacqueline Winspear’s newest novel, The Care and Management of Lies.




    I am a fan of Ms. Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs novels. A big fan. Have been since the first novel. 




    This new novel is entirely different. It’s not a mystery. It’s not set in England in the years between the world wars. There’s a whole new cast of characters to get to know.




    Approaching this new novel was like going to my favorite restaurant after it has completely revamped its entire menu. The colors may be the same but I had the feeling of entering a new world where no one has gone before and I didn’t feel all that bold about it.




    And this book delightfully surprised me. Winspear’s writing, as always, pulled me into her story world of France, London and the English countryside of Kent. I was in the trenches with the mud and the muck and the blood and the stench. I was on the farm with the crops and the animals.




    In June 1914, Kezia Marchant and Tom Brissenden marry. Shortly afterward, war breaks out and Tom enlists. The novel focuses on Kezia and Tom and on how the war tests them, their beliefs and their love.




    Kezia is a young woman, a preacher’s daughter and schoolteacher, who becomes a farmer’s wife.  Immediately, we are in a tense situation. Will she make it as a farmer’s wife? Can she overcome her background and make the drastic changes to succeed? When Tom leaves for war, these questions magnify as she must manage the farm and get the help to trust her.




    Kezia is a very interesting character as she matures into a competent and capable farmer. Her growth is compelling. The reader is rooting for her right away.




    Cooking is one of the issues facing Kezia, one she challenges with varying degrees of success. Cooking and meals also become a symbol of her love for her husband. In her letters to the front, she describes meals she has cooked, different experiments she has tried. In his responses, Tom tells how her delicious her cooking is. The other soldiers in Tom’s unit look forward to her letters as much as Tom does. They beg him to read them aloud. They become a means for the men to feel connected to their own homes.




    Tom’s quiet strength as a man who won’t break is inspiring.




    One of the entertaining subplots is the suspense between Tom and his commanding officer, Edmund Hawkes, a neighbor at home. There is a definite undercurrent that Hawkes may be setting Tom up to be killed so Hawkes can pursue Kezia. Is Edmund Hawkes setting Tom up to be killed so he can have Kezia—echoes of David, Uriah and Bathsheba?




    Hawkes’ growth into a commander who cares for his men and who seeks to protect Tom is very subtle and believable. He’s really creepy when we first meet him. He becomes heroically brave and self-sacrificing.




    Tom’s conflict with his immediate superior, Sgt. Knowles, is on-the-edge-of-your-seat nail biting. How long will Tom take the bullying and animosity of Sgt. Knowles? How long before Knowles sends Tom to his death.




    Thea, Tom’s best sister, and Kezia’s best friend is the most interesting character. From pacifist suffragette to ambulance driver risking her life for the troops. This character could have been an over-the-top caricature. Winspear’s talent makes sure she isn’t. 




    Winspear captures the mental, spiritual and emotional anguish of the war. Through her writing we war, as one of the characters describes it, as a living thing.




    This novel makes the setting of the Maisie Dobbs novels even more real and alive. The portrayal of pre-war London and the run-up into the war is in sharp contrast to the horror evidenced in the Maisie Dobbs novels. The attitude before the war almost saw it as a lark that would be over in a few months. The post-war reality in the Dobbs novels shows the long-lasting physical and psychological damage of the years of brutal fighting and slaughter. This novel bridges that gap by putting us in the trenches and on the battlefields.




    There is a poignant seen early in the book where Kezia has a conversation with the mailman who is burdened with having to deliver a death notification to a family. In their conversation, the postman shares his personal knowledge of the boy killed and all in the town who knew and liked him. Winspear masterfully weaves in the inter-connectedness of the times. When someone died, everyone in the town was affected.  Similar to how it seemed like every American was affected by every soldier fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.




    In the story, people talk of returning to the normal before the war. Winspear brings out they will never see that normal again.




    The ending is moving and poignant. But I will not spoil it for you.

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  • Posted July 29, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    Possibly a new series? This era is one that has been of great

    Possibly a new series?
    This era is one that has been of great interest to me for some time. The stories of how ordinary people continued with their lives during both World Wars helps bring reality to us and not just a focus on the fighting. It appears Care and Management may be the initial book in a new series and I hope this is so. I don't want to be a spoiler and tell others the fate of characters, but there are enough unanswered questions I can see this possibility. Ware is not something one dimension and seeing the struggles at home along should make us stop and think of today's news events. And ask the tough questions Ms. Winspear implies....

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  • Posted July 25, 2014

    Beautifully written

    The author has long had a fascination for WWI, and her years of research show in this wonderful story about life both at home and at the front during the opening months of the war, when everyone was still predicting it would all be over 'by Christmas'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    Engaging. Highly recommended!

    This book builds. The characters grow. The story becomes more involved. Highly recommended. I hope there is a second book about the couple. Great historical information from many angles. Another great historical fiction is The Partisan by William Jarvis. Based during WWII, it too is very engaging. Both deserve A++++++

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2014

    Rules and map

    Res one two and three is the good side res four to res six is the bad side and once each side has enough people then i mean cat then the fight will begin and advertise everywhere ok. Kronos is on the bad side.

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    Posted August 15, 2014

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