The Very Thought of You: A Novel

The Very Thought of You: A Novel

by Rosie Alison
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Overview

The Very Thought of You: A Novel by Rosie Alison

Shortlisted for the 2010 Orange Prize

England, 31st August 1939: The world is on the brink of war. As Hitler prepares to invade Poland, thousands of children are evacuated from London to escape the impending Blitz. Torn from her mother, eight-year-old Anna Sands is relocated with other children to a large Yorkshire estate which has been opened up to evacuees by Thomas and Elizabeth Ashton, an enigmatic, childless couple. Soon Anna gets drawn into their unraveling relationship, seeing things that are not meant for her eyes and finding herself part-witness and part-accomplice to a love affair with unforeseen consequences. A story of longing, loss, and complicated loyalties, combining a sweeping narrative with subtle psychological observation, The Very Thought of You is not just a love story but a story about love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451613988
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Publication date: 07/05/2011
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 988,054
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Rosie Alison grew up in Yorkshire, and read English at Keble College, Oxford. She spent ten years directing television documentaries before becoming a film producer at Heyday Films. She is married with two daughters and lives in London. This is her first novel.

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The Very Thought of You 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
PalmettoGirl_0124 More than 1 year ago
I really didn't enjoy this book. I ordered it from overseas since it's not yet available in the U.S. I read the book as part of a book club. It just wasn't at all what I expected. I thought the story was about the little girl Anna, but really she was only a small part. The whole book is about cheating on spouses. Literally every couple in this book is involved in infidelity. If they're not cheating, they're planning to cheat. It just drove me crazy. I just think that ruined what could have been a really good story. Every person is screwed up in some way. I suppose the story is supposed to be a study of human heartbreak and psychology, but I just got so annoyed with all of the self pity that every person had. I just wanted to tell them to get over it and move on with their lives. Yes it's sad that Elizabeth can't have children, but she needs to stop wallowing in self pity, and the same with Thomas being stuck in a wheelchair. Yes it's sad, but after so many years you have to learn to pick yourself up and live your life. I enjoy World War 2 stories, but I definitely did not enjoy this one. I'm sorry but I just can't recommend this book. The one good part of the book was around the end. I thought it was somewhat poignant and I enjoyed that. But the rest, I hated.
gincam More than 1 year ago
Prepare to have your eyes opened, your heart broken, and your view of the amazing endurance of the human spirit revised and revived. You will experience all of these things when you read Rosie Alison's "The Very Thought of You". A shattering, yet spirit-sustaining, glimpse into loss and survivorship, this is a story which will resonate with many. Few will be unaffected. In the summer of 1939, with the impending threats of WWII devastation looming large, thousands of children were evacuated from London, sent to safer locations in the surrounding countryside. These children were torn from their homes and separated from their parents, and no one could be certain what the future would hold. "The Very Thought of You" focuses on one such child, Anna Sands, relocated to the wealthy manor home of Thomas and Elizabeth Ashton. Childless themselves, the Ashtons welcome the children and provide them with care and an education. It is the gallant and gentle Thomas who becomes a touchstone in Anna's life. He is a man who suffers great loss and unspeakable tragedy, yet he lives his life with appreciation for the beauty he sees among the devastation. True love comes to Thomas in midlife, but it is not a love with whom he will be allowed to share life on earth. However, even death cannot dim the luminescence of this love. Your heart will ache for Thomas, but his soul remains undaunted through it all. As with many who have experienced the shock of wartime desolation, Anna searches throughout her life for real peace of mind. As a married adult, with children of her own, Anna finds some measure of comfort in reconnecting with Thomas. They form a somewhat tentative, but still caring relationship, keeping touch in letters and Christmas cards. Ultimately, Anna's search for fulfillment will come full circle and bring her once again to Ashton Manor. As the song says: "The very thought of you, and I forget to do those little ordinary things that everyone ought to do....". This story and these characters are neither little nor ordinary. They will stay in the reader's consciousness for a very long time. Review Copy Gratis Simon & Schuster
SUEHAV More than 1 year ago
I agree with palmetto girl...I expected a book like Sara's Key & got a book that I actually skipped paragraph after paragraph worth of undying love descriptions UNENDING. I paid $5.98 for it and it went right into the recycling bin. Don't waste your time if your IQ is over 100.
Ravenswood_Reviews More than 1 year ago
ROSIE ALISON "THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU" (REVIEW) This book is one of those you will remember for a long time. With the impending war in 1939 children are being evacuated and placed with families in other areas to escape the Blitz. This is the story of one girl, Anna Sands and how she watched a family fall apart due to adultery and lies. A heart-breaking story seen through the eyes of innocence with a love-story that will make you smile. Rosie Alison is a great writer with the ability to draw you in and keep you wanting more. Don't miss out on this book. -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
Magda_PA More than 1 year ago
This was the most nothing book I've ever read.  A couple of the characters were likable and I believe that is all that kept me reading.  I kept waiting for something to happen, for a plot to develop -- nothing.  A waste of time.  The author apparently had some connections for this to have been published at all.
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Not at all what I expected from the blurb. I had a hard time putting it in the correct timespan but overall it was a very good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very sad, but very beautiful.
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I had a hard time putting this book down. I would read it again.
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tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Anna is evacuated to the country when England goes to war. She arrives at the Ashton estate and meets Thomas and Elizabeth. The book tells the stories of both families. It begins with a history on the Ashton estate and then jumps back to when Anna comes to live at the estate with the other children. It's a story of love found, love lost and love never realized. It seems to portray the years during the war accurately (although I probably wouldn't know if it didn't). It gives a sense of the gloom and despair that the residents felt during the years of separation during the war. Several reviewers called this a romance story. I suppose if you added the word tragic it might apply. It certainly isn't a romance story that I'd want to live out. I would liken this story to Sarah's Key. It was a well written story and one I can easily see becoming a best seller. But it's so sad that I'm just not sure how to rate it. I alternately loved and disliked this book. I loved it because of the style of writing. It's hard to tell that this is the author's first book. But I hate sad and therefore disliked the book. But any book portraying a war era is bound to have at least some sad elements. So I would recommend this book because it's so well written and by a new author. I received this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review.
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