Keep the Home Fires Burning by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles published by Sphere (an imprint of Little Brown Book Group) is available now in ebook format, hardcover and also audio format.
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The year is 1915, and the war is raging on . . .
The war was not ‘over by Christmas’ after all and as 1915 begins, the Hunters begin to settle into wartime life.
Diana, the eldest Hunter daughter, sees her fiance off to the Front but doesn’t expect such coldness from her future mother-in-law. David’s battalion is almost ready to be sent to the Front, but how will Beattie’s fragile peace of mind endure? Below stairs, Ethel, the under housemaid, is tired of having her beaux go off to war so she deliberately sets her sights on a man who works on the railway, believing he won’t be allowed to volunteer. Eric turns out to be decent, honest and he genuinely cares about Ethel – is this the man who could give her a new life?
The Hunters, their servants and their neighbours soon realise that war is not just for the soldiers, but it’s for everyone to win, and every new atrocity that is reported bolsters British determination: this is a war that must be won at all costs.
Keep the Home Fires Burning is the second book in the War at Home series by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, author of the much-loved Morland Dynasty novels. Set against the real events of 1915, this is an evocative, authentic and wonderfully depicted drama featuring the Hunter family and their servants.
I’d like to thank the publishers for an arc in return for an honest review.
This is the first book I’ve read by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles and I have to be honest I did find it a little difficult at first getting into the story as I hadn’t read the first book in the War at Home series so I was struggling with all the characters. Once I got my head around all the characters I was fascinated how families, villagers and even soldiers coped with the cumulative events of 1915. It was both terrifying and heartbreaking. Families ripped apart, cities, towns and even villagers were left with visible and emotional scars. This story focuses on The Hunter family who lived in a fairly modest household with servants/help downstairs. We see how the lives of the characters from upstairs and downstairs have changed from the beginning of the war to a year on. How they come together as a community to help the wounded.
If you enjoy historical family sagas you will love Cynthia’s novels. I would recommend you read her first novel in the War at Home series (Goodbye Piccadilly) prior to Keep the Home Fires Burning so you can appreciate the full journey The Hunter family experience.
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