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The Wind off the Sea: A Novel of the Women Who Prevailed After World War II (The Bexham Trilogy #2)
It is 1947, the worst winter in England since records began, and even the sea is frozen. For the women living in the little fishing port of Bexham, the chronic lack of everything from fuel to food has left them reeling. When Waldo Astley, a handsome young American, drives through thick Sussex snow into the village in his large Buick, he finds Bexham filled not only with gr ...more
Hardcover, 362 pages
Published August 9th 2004 by Thomas Dunne Books
(first published February 17th 2003)
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An interesting enough read, but the author tries to make a mystery of the main character which only leads to frustration on my part, because she keeps hinting at various aspects of his character that lead you in the wrong direction. A fair enough family type sage, but I will not hurry to find the next chapter.
Good insight on how life was just after WW2 - Britain won the war but life doesn't feel like it...interesting how women had to adjust back to their pre-war life pretty much behind the stove but had completely different lifes during the war - doing real men’s work and pretty much running the day to day life in Britain.
2.5 stars almost a 3 until .....what was the writer thinking! I did not count the pages but there were a few pages of the most boring writing when she decided to spend way too long describing a bridge game ! C'mon a bridge game ... Of all things seriously who gives a f--- . I flipped those pages without ever glancing at them and I never do that. And the tone of the writing seemed to change for me after that couldn't get back into it as i was distracted by the thoughts of someone seriously writin ...more
Re-read "The Chestnut Tree" right before this to refresh the storylines in my memory. I had rated "The Chestnut Tree" 3 stars, but it is more a 3 1/2. "The Wind Off the Sea is more a straight 3. The ending was so unexpected, despite the many hints. I am now hoping to finish the trilogy soon. I will certainly miss these characters.
I was disappointed in this story, first I was not aware it was a sequel, so I think something was missing from the start. The plot didn't reach any great heights, and it took 500 pages until something actually grabbed me. It just sort of meandered along until then. Not high on my re-read list.
Sep 28, 2012 Teresa rated it 2 of 5 stars · review of another edition
I didn't actually finish the book - got about 2/3 of the way through and finally gave up. The central premise just didn't work for me and the characters I found so engaging in the first book in the series were just annoying me. I really didn't care what happened to them.
The Honourable Charlotte Mary Thérèse Bingham was born on 29 June 1942 in Haywards Heath, Sussex, England, UK. Her father, John Bingham, the 7th Baron Clanmorris, wrote detective stories and was a secret member of MI5. Her mother, Madeleine Bingham, née Madeleine Mary Ebel, was a playwright. Charlotte first attended a school in London, but from the age of seven to 16, she went to the Priory of Our ...moreMore about Charlotte Bingham...
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The Bexham Trilogy (3 books)