Two short book reviews - one a mystery the other family with a WWI background
This was the second book given to me by Sakura from Chasing Bawa. It is a mystery so slightly different to the usual Regency style of writing of Heyer's. Peter, Margaret and Celia along with her husband Charles have inherited an old ramshackle house - and find that the whole village is scared of its resident ghost The Monk. Appearing cowled and without any facial features visible he seems to have put off the entire neighbourhood. The family though believe that this is just a tall tale and try to solve once and for all the mystery of the Monk.
Though the final identity of the Monk was a surprise - the book itself is an easy read and a nice comforting one for a wet day (of which we have had several).
Set in 1929 and going right upto to the end of WWI this period in history is one I like to read about. I seem to be coming up with more and more books covering this period each one dealing with families and how they deal with the huge trauma of war.
The wild card here is Liam - who is the housekeeper's son and who from the word go, does not "know his place" and has no intention of knowing it either. Add to the mix the children of the Clough household growing up with a helpless, weak kneed mother and a dictator father who wants to rule his children with a rod of iron. The ups and downs of family, the relationships that develop between this family and the Parkers (another family whom the Cloughs have been friends with), the devastation and destruction of the war, the deprivation faced by all,the breakdown of class and social barriers is very apparent, and how human beings try to survive despite over riding odds form the major part of this story.
An extremely interesting, descriptive book which had me engrossed from beginning to end.