Published by Lake Union Publishing on August 4th 2015
Source: Kindle Unlimited
As the devastating years of the Second World War march ever closer, the beautiful Redcliffe sisters must face their own struggles and navigate the perils of growing up—and growing apart.
Eldest sister Isobel—passionate, domineering, misguided—is infatuated with Fascism. But can she continue to justify her dangerous political beliefs when faced with the shocking realities of Nazi Germany?
Insecure and introverted Felicity, youngest of the three, is about to take her vows and enter the convent, against her sisters’ wish. A chance meeting with an American soldier threatens the very foundations of her decisions.
Chiara, the bright and happy golden child, is more interested in the gay whirl of the season than matters of faith or ideology. But even her breezy innocence cannot survive the harsh lessons of heartbreak and war.
Each sister must follow her own path and, as they do so, their differences threaten to take them beyond the realms of forgiveness.
Opening up with beginnings of the civil war in Spain, two sisters find themselves stranded amongst the warfare. A brave soldier from the opposition comes to their rescue and begins the story of the sister’s lives in the time of the second world war. There are three sisters, Isobel the sympathetic fascist, Felicity woman of devout religion, and Chairis who is a modern woman in London. The story goes on to tell how the war affects the sisters. Does it change them for the better or for the worse? Will the sister grow close or will they be torn apart?
In an Oyster Shell – This is a chilling tale of life in Europe at the time of the second world-war. It was horrifying but accurate and well done.
The Pearls – The title is what first drew me to the book. Just one sentence showed great potential for poetic prose and I was not disappointed. Though the story is more gruesome than expected, it works to tell the tale of life in Europe during the second world war.
The characters were dynamic and the inter-personal relationship between them was as well. Each character was well defined and had a strong voice. It made you love and feel for some of them and detest others. I haven’t read a book with dynamic characters that had great diversity. I think it should well the irony that though you may be related to someone doesn’t mean they deserve a continued relationship.
The theme of the book was chilling. Seeing the second world war from different perspectives was eye opening and informative. This was a great historical narrative.
The Sand – One of the characters become absolutely deplorable in the end.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- TBR Reading Challenge