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 forge...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!
Post-WWI, shell shocked gentleman, working class music-hall dancer/singer.
Love the period. I had thought all the P. Gregorys were Tudor-era.
IN MEDIAS RES
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
The realm of the aristocracy never fails to intrigue, w ...more
The characters range from sweet and cheerful to absolutely detestable. I had great empathy for Lily, who always tried to do the right thing and who brought joy, innocence, and laughter into the Winters' home. The secret between Stephen ...more
I found the whole 'want to be a star of the musical halls' scenario, but then she's whisked aw ...more
"Fallen Skies" is a bit of an echo of the other 1920's novel "The Great Gatsby", by means, the main characters Stephan and Lily, are always trying to reclaim the past-we all know that will end disastrously. Lily wants to pretend the war never happened and had never soiled her childhood. Stephan wants things to go back to "the time before the war", neth ...more
I really enjoyed this book and was able to burn through it quickly. I do wonder however if I would have liked it as much if I had no read it on vacation where I had time to kill. I feel as if I likely would ha ...more
Set after the First World War, Fallen Skies is the story of Stephen, a returned soldier of upper class roots who falls in love with Lily, a fiercely independent showgirl. It has the makings of a romanc ...more
OKAY so. This effing book. This whole review is going to be spoiler after spoiler so I'm gonna tag all of it except for the end when I give the "So essentially, what I think is..." part.
(view spoiler)[At first, I thought this was going to be a wonderful love story between Lily & Stephen. That's how the back of the book sounded, at least. BOY WAS I WRONG. As soon as Lily's mother got sick, ...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
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