There Was a Time

There Was a Time From an author who lived through and served in the conflict a novel set in an English village at a turning point of the Second World War A Lincolnshire village on a glorious summer s morning in

  • Title: There Was a Time
  • Author: Frank White
  • ISBN: 9781473650411
  • Page: 200
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From an author who lived through and served in the conflict, a novel set in an English village at a turning point of the Second World War A Lincolnshire village on a glorious summer s morning in 1940, the countryside as still as a painting In the blue sky above, the fate of the whole war will soon rest with the RAF and their desperate effort to win the Battle of BritFrom an author who lived through and served in the conflict, a novel set in an English village at a turning point of the Second World War A Lincolnshire village on a glorious summer s morning in 1940, the countryside as still as a painting In the blue sky above, the fate of the whole war will soon rest with the RAF and their desperate effort to win the Battle of Britain If they fail, Hitler s next step will be invasion And as the scene comes to life before us over the next six months, this shadow of war will not disappear the conflict will take husbands and sons away, bring in evacuees from the city and soldiers to defend the coast There will be money from war work, but less to spend it on legitimately at least Everywhere, the feeling of change is in the air From the pub to the church, the humblest cottage to the biggest farm, from a struggling single mother to the lady of the manor, the paper boy to a traumatised bomb disposal volunteer, this superb jewel of a novel portrays a community of people and weaves together their stories with passion, betrayal, intrigue and suspense.

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    1. Frank White’s novel, set in a Lincolnshire village in 1940 evokes a nostalgic, unchanging English countryside at a time when England was at war. Alongside this written evocation are tiny peen and ink illustrations that rather reminded me of books I had as a child - Swallows and s comes to mind. The novel has a complex array of characters, dwelling on each person in the village and their small part of the war effort. Behind closed doors in this peaceful country village, things are not what they [...]

    2. Charming, episodic slice of life novel covering life in a Lincolnshire coastal village from June to December 1940. The characters are well drawn and you get a real feel for village life of the period. Some may not get on with the episodic nature, which means some stories have a definite arc whilst others have no definite conclusion. A decent mixture of cosiness, sly humour, drama and issues; just like real life

    3. More of a 3.5 stars (Good Reads we would love 1/2 stars!). I really enjoyed this book, though it wasn’t outstanding in content or style, the nature of it being a snapshot of a very intense time during the life of a village on the home front in WW2 really worked and felt significant. The characters were tangible and all of the issues were pertinent and played out in thousand of lives at the time. The idea that the author (who hadn’t written a novel for 50+years) was inspired to write this bec [...]

    4. In the first few pages of this book Mr Geiger and Fraulein Hertz are arrested as enemy aliens. This does not count as a spoiler because you are not going to hear their names again before the last few pages! And that sums up the big problem with this book. The author introduces names in profusion but very few of these people are ever developed into characters who reappear later in the text. All the reader learns about Walter and Lorna Booker, for instance, is that they are in the village pub on p [...]

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