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Kissing Kin (Williamsburg #5)

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The youngest generation of the Richmond Spragues are involved in the vivid drama of the World War I and II years.

The twins, Calvert and Camilla, are the hero and heroine who travel from Williamsburg, Virginia to London and through Europe as their loves are challenged by the chaotic war years and the exotic era that follows.

This is the story of their daring romances and unf
Hardcover, 374 pages
Published February 14th 2008 by Buccaneer Books (first published 1948)
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Jun 13, 2012 Mallory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the Williamsburg series reaches its fifth book, Thane’s characters (old and new) spend more time abroad than they do in America, right in the thick of the Great War and the fragile years of peacetime that follow. The love stories in this book are often difficult and sad, interrupted by war or frustratingly unfulfilled. The aching, longing, and waiting while the world is in chaos feels real and true and once again, war is a harsh reminder that good times do not last forever. Enjoy each day tha ...more
Barbara Irene Carter
Sep 17, 2010 Barbara Irene Carter rated it really liked it
Like the other Williamsburg novels in the series-this is the 5th-there is a basic formula of family activities followed by main characters falling in love amid the back drop of war. While this plot device may get old the fact that Elswyth Thane is a very good writer saves the day. Her novels are well researched and her characters are very believeable. Besides Williamsburg, the settings of this novel include London, France and Germany during the First World War. There is a surprising ending to th ...more
May 16, 2016 Shana rated it really liked it
I read this book as part of the Williamsburg series ages ago and as I've been re-reading them, this book like the last just didn't stand up to snuff. I loved the first 3 books but I don't really like the characters in the later books. I loved Jenny's and Raymond's story but that was about it...and I have to admit to doing a lot of skimming this time around.

The thing that's pretty amazing about following this series is that you realize that all the events and wars that in your head seems incredi
Jan 03, 2015 Anne rated it liked it
It's probably my least favorite in the series. Camilla as a heroine is wildly unexciting, and I found myself more interested in the romance of Jenny & Raymond who is not related to any of the Williamsburg crew.

Maybe also because the first part of the book (WWI) seems like it could just as well have been tucked in with the previous book, and the last part of it (Hitler's Germany) could just as well have been tucked in with the next - and there had been no need for Camilla as a stand-alone he
Apr 01, 2014 Suzanne rated it liked it
Interesting perspective regarding the period between WWI and WWII. I like the quote on p. 318: "Always remember that happiness and love need not die till you do - life renews itself if you allow it ot, as surely as the year comes back round to spring after winter. Some years are not so good as others - sometimes you love less, sometimes more...and you can never be sure that the best is not still to come."
p. 319 "When you give, use both hands. No man can love a stingy woman, not forever. It is n
Carre Gardner
Oct 31, 2010 Carre Gardner rated it liked it
I recently rediscovered this favorite from my teenage years--I recall that we read the covers off the copy our family owned--on the shelves of the local library, which is nice because it was published in 1948, and I'm pretty sure it's out of print nowadays.

This is the story of a large, lovable extended family spread between America, England and the Continent during the days of and following the First World War. It's half old-fashioned love story, half history lesson, and although I loved it as
This continues the saga of the British born saga of the Williamsburg family line. This takes place mostly in Europe during the closing years of WWI. Phoebe falls in love American flyer boy who goes missing behind German lines. Twins, Calvert and Camilla sail to England from America mostly Camilla is bored and can't think of what to do with her life while Calvert strafing at the U.S. delay of getting into the war decides to join in Canada. Against this background of catastrophe and recovery as th ...more
Lori Nemitz
Apr 17, 2016 Lori Nemitz rated it really liked it
Read between July & December 1984.

Original notes on book from 1984: Good book. Must get set and read from beginning.
Sep 13, 2012 Trine rated it liked it
Definitely my least favourite of the series (that is, of the first 5 the rest are not translated into Danish). Camilla is a weak heroine that never manages to grap my sympathy. I like Jenny and her story better, but the heros all fall flat. Calvert is far too easy-going, Raymond is a proud idiot, Sosthene too flimsy to get a hold on and Johnny too old. He has been there through three books and courted three different women down through the decades, so not even his happy ending can awake any feel ...more
Becky Rippel
May 05, 2014 Becky Rippel rated it it was amazing
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I loved this series which goes from pre-revolution to 1917 and WWI. Need to read again!!
Sep 23, 2009 Carolynne rated it it was amazing
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Set during WWI and the period following. Camilla falls hopelessly in love with Sosthene, the gentle Frenchman who is her older cousin Sally Sprague's lover. They are sure that Life will reward them both for their patience and their unflinching loyalty, but fate takes an unexpected turn. There is another ill-fated romance between Raymond, Camilla and Calvert's friend, and Jennie, Duke Apethorpe's daughter. My favorite of all the Williamsburg series: the most romantic and the most heartbreaking.
12/2012 ** Though I'm re-reading the series this month, I first read it while in middle & high school. This was my first exposure to the explosion on the Lusitania and the aftermath for the survivors - memorable and led me to choose the topic of the Lusitania for a high school research paper. Reading historical fiction (even highly romanticized versions) can lead to more academic pursuits.
Camilla and Calvert, 23, can't wait for America to enter WWI so travel to England where their lives are turned upside down by war and ill-fated romance. Along with their two closest friends, Raymond, a dedicated airman, humble and self-educated, and Jenny, a Duke's daughter with no airs and graces, the twins face the travails of war far from Williamsburg...
Dec 05, 2011 Phyllis rated it it was amazing
I read this book as a teenager. My mother joined book of the month club and this was a choice that was in the house for several years. When I finally read it I loved it and read it several times. The fact that Thane's book is still in my mind and heart attests to her ability to write wonderful characters and intriguing stories.
Aug 26, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it
Fifth in E. Thane's Williamsburg series, set in England during dark days in of WWI. Gives a good appreciation of life in war-torn Europe.
May 01, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it
Old friends from this series and their descendents lead into the 1930's.

(Working from a list of books I read years ago.)
Oct 11, 2007 Rayni rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: historical romance
My set of Williamsburg novels are in storage. I can't remember which book this is, but I know I loved them all.
Feb 25, 2012 Dawn rated it really liked it
Recommended to Dawn by: Elizabeth Peiffer
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This is my favorite of the W'burg books. At least so far . . .
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Thane is most famous for her "Williamsburg" series of historical fiction. The books cover several generations of a single family from the American Revolutionary War up to World War II. The action moves from Williamsburg in later books to England, New York City and Richmond, Virginia.
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“You will not always be happy, my dear, however wise you are--I wasn't--but always take what comes to you--don't fight life, Camilla, accept it with grace...” 3 likes
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