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The Dividing Sea (The Quantock Quartet #3)

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Published in the USA as Julia's Story.
This series is a saga of the lives and loves of four sisters and their neighbours, the Mackenzies. Set during the early 20th century, it encompasses two World Wars and the sisters' individual stories are told against the backdrop of the major historical events of the time.
Paperback, 297 pages
Published January 1st 1989 by Julia MacRae Books
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This book is #3 out of 4 stories of each Purcell sister. I was introduced
first to story #1 – Sarah – through a book club. I enjoyed that book, but
really wanted to learn more about Julia. So I got my hands on a copy of
Julia’s Story.

I actually stayed up all night finishing it. I just couldn’t put it down.
This book moved me in a way that doesn’t happen too often. Julia is a
fascinating character who experienced some extremely tragic events and
managed to slowly work through them. Despite these events
May 22, 2015 Gemma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-ll-remember
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Apr 19, 2011 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 and 1/2 stars
JULIA'S STORY is a touching book that explores some of the deeper issues of living through World War I. I also got caught up in Julia's emotions as second-oldest of the four orphaned sisters. Maybe because her character is somewhat reserved and reluctant, I found myself rooting for Julia. She seemed to need encouragement and reassurance along the way, in her process of understanding her artistic gifts, developing a love relationship, and finding lasting happiness.
Oct 19, 2013 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favourite of the four books and the one I return to again and again. Julia always struck me as the most sensible and normal of the sisters, much less cocooned than everyone else.
Mar 03, 2012 Erin72 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, skimmed
The most interesting of the quartet, although I found the ending disappointing.
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Ruth Elwin Harris says that her historic quartet of novels, THE SISTERS OF THE QUANTOCK HILLS, had its beginnings while she was growing up during World War II. To escape the wartime bombing, she and her brother were sent to live with their grandfather in rural Somerset, England. His house and garden became the model for Hillcrest, the Purcell sisters' family home in the four-part series.

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