Can a family's mannered traditions and cool emotions erase the horrors of war from a young couple's past?
Now back in print from New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory, Fallen Skies takes readers to post-World War I England in a suspenseful story about the marriage of a wealthy war hero and an aspiring singer he barely knows.
Lily Valance is determined to forget...more
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Post-WWI, shell shocked gentleman, working class music-hall dancer/singer.
Love the period. I had thought all the P. Gregorys were Tudor-era.
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The more of this I read, the more I like it!
This book reminds me of the sort I used to read on the subway headed downtown for work many years ago: thick enough for the long rides, engrossing enough to make me miss my stop, and addictive enough to have...more
set after WW1 it is a family drama involving a bullying ,cold , rich solicitor dehumanised by the war and his inferiority complex as the not so good son , his failed marriage to a younger , poorer and in his snobbish eyes not quite the right clas...more
This book takes place after WWI, and although I wanted to find out how it ended, I did not enjoy is as much as The Boleyn Inheritance, The Other Boleyn Girl (which far surpasses the movie), and The Queens Fool. I have read a total of nine of her books so far. And on my to read list is her latest The Other Queen.
Unfortunately, this was another such novel. As with all of her novels, I loved the way it began. I loved the...more
The vivid descriptions of the vaudeville theater, and the delicious glimpses of 1920s Portsmouth and Southampton, were so much fun. My heart thudded and ached in syncopation with Lily's. I was most definitely drawn into this book from the first few pages, and sad when it ended because I wanted there to be more of it to read!
The Plot: It's 1920 and Lily Valance is a burgeoning starlet who just wants everyone to forget about the war and have a good time. Her joie de vivre catches the attention of a WW1 hero and wealthy lawyer named Stephen Winters, who aggressively pursues Lily to become his wife. As Lily is drawn into Stephen's world she realizes how strongly silence can mask pain and deception,...more
The story focuses on the dysfunctional marriage of Lily Valance and Captain Stephen Winters. Stephen was traumatized by his service during World War I. He is clearly suffering from PTSD and other issues. Yet he refuses treatment of any kind and is...more
This book was a riveting read for me. I really had a hard time putting it down. Lily's spirit is something you just want to protect and you agonize when her husband Stephen tries so hard to crush it. To be honest, I thought of Stephen as someone who could be...more
This novel deals with the characters coping with the aftermath of WWI. It deals especially with the horrible mental effects war can have on a solider. This was not an uplifting novel by any means. It was act...more
So far so good! I think I like Phillipa Gregory more when she's not bound by the confines of history. This book is not like her books that are based on real people, it's complete fiction. So far it's really good.
OK I take back everything I said in the last post. I...more
The realm of the aristocracy never fails to intrigue, w...more