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Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear
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Sep 23, 2007

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bookshelves: mysterythriller, series
Recommended for: anglophiles, Sally Lockheart fans
Read in August, 2007

Third book of the Maisie Dobbs series, but the first one I've read. At first I was extremely annoyed by the writing style. However, the plot and the portrayal of characters irreparably changed by WWI kept me reading. Not as deeply moving as "Testament of Youth," but it's not supposed to be. WWI is a fact; people are moving on--or, at least, functioning--but the effects of the War are omnipresent. Of course, in this book, the plot itself is tied to WWI. It will be interesting to see what happens when the War isn't at the center of the plot.

Only one comment to add now that I've finished this book: the solution to the final loose end of the plot seems to come out of nowhere. That's rather annoying, but it echoes the central theme that one's actions and choices in the past always have an impact on the present. It is also possible that this thread was explored in the earlier books of the series.

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