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The War Widows

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  116 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
A charming, epic tale of war brides who arrive in the post-war northern town of Grimbleton and turn everyone's lives upside down.
Paperback, 456 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Avon Books (first published April 7th 2008)
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Catsalive
Feb 22, 2015 Catsalive rated it liked it
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Nothing ever happens in sleepy Grimbleton, until two strangers - both claiming to be the fiancee of a dead soldier - arrive in town.

SUSAN prides herself on her refined 'English' manners - yet her airs and graces hide harrowing memories of her escape from war-torn Burma. Volatile ANA pines for the sunshine of her Greek village - but is forever haunted by her sister's death at the hands of the Nazis. Enemies at first, Su and Ana soon find themselves united in grief at the loss of Freddie Win
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Joan
Sep 13, 2015 Joan rated it really liked it
The setting is England just after WW2 with many families losing sons and many widows. The women of the Winstanley family are facing new challenges. Elsie, a widow herself, has one son returned from the war a changed man and another serving in Palestine. She is trying to hold the family business together and her daughter is the one who's shoulders everyone leans on. Being informed Freddy has been killed in Palestine is bad enough but then having 2 women turn up on her doorstep claiming that Fredd ...more
Marlene Lewis
Feb 24, 2012 Marlene Lewis rated it really liked it
The War Widows is an enjoyable story about women's friendships and familial relationships. The driver of the plot arrives in Grimbledown in the form of two refugee women with their illegitimate offspring in tow. The story is set just after the Second World War when many women had lost the men in their lives. So much had been lost, in fact, that almost everything needed rebuilding - lives, towns, relationships, as well as the social and cultural structures that hold them all together. So this was ...more
Dianne Selwood
Jan 06, 2015 Dianne Selwood rated it really liked it
Loved the characters in this book, not a huge storyline, but a lovely read.
Janene
Feb 05, 2016 Janene added it
Set in post world-war 11. Very predictable
Beverley hopper
Jul 19, 2015 Beverley hopper rated it it was amazing
fantastic story enjoyed from start to finish
Karen
Aug 24, 2016 Karen rated it did not like it
Shelves: chik-lit
The book failed to hold my interest and once my book mark fell out I couldn't be bothered finding what page I was up to. I hate not finishing a book but reading this felt like a chore. Sorry. DNF.
Jackie White
Apr 10, 2015 Jackie White rated it it was ok
Boring. Boring. Boring. Too hard to keep up with who was who - or to care!
Struggled through because I don't like giving up on a book.
Shelley
Sep 09, 2012 Shelley rated it really liked it
Loved reading about the intercultural dynamics of these women while I was traveling between European countries my self at the time.
Alice
Feb 19, 2012 Alice rated it really liked it
Great read. Women friends and their memories. Lives entwined and cut short. Great characters. Worthwhile read
Maybe a 4.5?
Kathy
Jun 09, 2011 Kathy marked it as to-read
Bookclub selection. Good read, fast read. Subject held my interest. Recommend to my women friends,
June Churchill
Aug 29, 2011 June Churchill rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this, didn't want it to end. Have downloaded a couple more of her books.
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Leah Fleming was born in Lancashire and is married with three sons and a daughter. She writes from an old farmhouse in the Yorkshire Dales and an olive grove in Crete.

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