Set in the center of WWII, this novel depicts a variety of lives as impacted by the war. These families are primarily well-to-do aristocrats who were not necessarily deeply troubled by the war effort. Through the variety of characters, they each establish their own unique, but intertwining story-lines that develop over the course of the text.
The characters throughout the text were typically archetypal in nature, but relatable all the same. The sisters each had their own unique personalities, and more were developed than others, some of which I would have liked to see. The one thing I did like was that the women in the book were strong figures, and not figures that necessarily needed another person to feel as if they could function with the exception of one character, but still strong-willed in nature.
I enjoyed how the plot lines were eventually woven together at the end. The developments along the way created a sense of urgency to solve them and had a tinge of mystery to them, which I liked.
The book itself was well-written. The language I felt for the most part fit well with the culture and the time period. There were some parts, however, that didn’t seem to fit with the time period and seemed a little forced. Bowen did not overwhelm with unnecessary descriptions or language.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. I gave this 4/5 stars. It didn’t quite have the transcendental message that I typically like when I read like The Alchemist, Brave New World, The Art of Racing in the Rain, and so on, but it was entertaining at the very least and easy to follow. I have linked the novel below, it is available in hard back, paperback, and ebook. For the price, it’s a great read!