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Alice in Love and War

3.57  ·  Rating Details  ·  65 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
In 1644 Alice Newcombe, trapped and unhappy on her uncle’s farm, finds her life transformed when royalist soldiers are billeted there during the Civil War. Suddenly her days are filled with excitement – and love for one young soldier, Robin. When the regiment moves on, Alice persuades Robin to take her with him, and she joins the other army women on the baggage train. The ...more
Paperback, 324 pages
Published 2009 by Walker Books
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Sep 19, 2013 Ophelia rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! It was amazing I didn't think I would but I did! It's one of those books where you want to read more, it's full of adventure, romance, horror, and much more! When I finished it I wanted to read it again!
Oct 20, 2014 Laura rated it it was amazing
What an absolutely delightful book! As soon as I finished it I wanted to go straight back to the beginning and read it all over again. Ann Turnbull truly brought the era to life.

Set during the English Civil War in the mid 1600s, "Alice in Love and War" is the story of Alice Newcombe. Both of Alice's parents are dead and she's unloved and unhappy living with an Uncle who's constantly feeling her up and an Aunt who's either oblivious to this or just doesn't care. Everything changes for Alice thoug
Mar 01, 2010 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Alice Newcombe’s father died when she was eleven, leaving her an orphan. She was sent to live on her aunt and uncle’s farm, where she felt unwelcome from the start. Five years pass, until Alice is sixteen in the year 1644. Civil war divides England, but Alice is most worried about fighting off the unwelcome advances of her uncle, and fears what will happen if one day, she cannot fight him off. So when Royalist soldiers come to their village, and Alice falls in love with one young soldier named R ...more
Jan 16, 2014 Emily rated it really liked it
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Alice Newcombe is unhappy at her uncle’s farm. When soldiers from the royalist army seek food and shelter there, she is infatuated with Robin, who gives her kisses and is kind to her. As their relationship quickly develops, Alice knows the path she wants to take: she’ll follow the army train so she can be near him at all times, and soon they will be married.

But war does not always go as planned, for anyone. Alice is thr
Jun 20, 2012 Giulia rated it it was amazing
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Apr 12, 2014 Wizzy rated it liked it
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I have to admit I was slightly disappointed at the end of this book. I like historical fiction and am interested in the civil war, but this was basically a love story set in the past. I suppose I should have suspected this when I saw the title, but I had recently read other books by this author which were much better than that. At once, I had predicted most of the storyline and was pretty disinterested until a certain scene which actually shocked me and practically gave this book its three stars ...more
Apr 13, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it
This is the second novel by Ann Turnbull that I have read and both have the historical setting of the English Civil War as a backdrop. A teen novel, Alice runs away with her first love and becomes a camp follower convinced her true love will marry her at the next town. Obviously this isn't going to happen and the story closely follows the brutality of war and the relationships of men fighting a war while their women follow them. An interesting read and one with a bit of depth to it too.
Jul 27, 2013 Fariha rated it liked it
This is a 3.5+ but I couldn't give it a 4. Alice's character was just too annoyingly foolish and slow to learn. It took her half the book to even begin to doubt her silliness. Which is a shame because the idea of the book was really good and it had the potential to be a really amazing book. Unfortunately, the main character kinda ruined it for me. But others may find her more bearable so give it a go, you never know. (Clearly I am a rhyming poet!)
Apr 09, 2012 Bani rated it it was amazing
Loved it, loved it, loved it!!

I don't say that a lot but this book was really well written. The background of the Civil War, the struggle of a young girl, the romance, it all blended really well for me.
It was like a teenage Mills&Boon.
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Ann Turnbull has written numerous books for young readers, including No Shame, No Fear and Forged in the Fire. She lives in Shropshire, England.
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