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A Future Arrived

(Passing Bells #3)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  567 ratings  ·  77 reviews
The final installment of the saga of the Grevilles of Abingdon Pryory begins in the early 1930s, as the dizzy gaiety of the Jazz Age comes to a shattering end. What follows is a decade of change and uncertainty, as the younger generation, born during or just after the "war to end all wars," comes of age.

American writer Martin Rilke has made his journalistic mark, earning w
Hardcover, 1st U.S. Edition, 359 pages
Published February 22nd 1985 by Putnam
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This is the final book of the trilogy The Passing Bells.

Even if the first part of this book is quite boring, making the reader to lose the interest of the plot, in the following parts the author managed to regain the proper narrative.

Location 2905:
I trust my heart. I know there must be millions of people in Germany who are as dismayed by Hitler's excesses as we are. The nation of Goethe, after all, as well as Nietzsche. Those people must be encouraged to add their voices to the cry for peace.

Dec 27, 2012 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wwii, ill-it
I yield. As much as I enjoyed the first two books in this trilogy, I have lost interest and can't pick the book up again. I'll wait for the reviews to come on the new edition and may change my mind.
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
I loved The Passing Bells (first book of the Trilogy) but Phillip Rock just phoned this last one in.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Those who have been following along know that I really enjoyed the first two books in this trilogy, and had every expectation of finding the final book a four star read like the prior two. Sadly, A Future Arrived, while still good, did not quite rise to the level of The Passing Bells and Circles of Time. To be fair, I really wasn't in the mood for a historical fiction novel when I read it, but, still, I stick to my evaluation.

In A Future Arrived, Rock tackles both the year 1930 and the early per
May 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Does not live up to the promise of the first two books. Most of the third generation characters never felt like more than reduxes of their WWI gen counterparts. With the longer time arc here (c. 1929 through 1940), there wasn't adequate narrative space to develop the various plots with the appealing details of previous books or to show (rather than tell) the larger surrounding historical shifts. The brave chronological choice of the conclusion salvages 3 stars, though.
I’m finding it difficult to put my finger on just why I managed to read this fairly predictable historical novel in only a few days, but I think it comes down to the level of old-fashioned narrative comfort provided by the author. Helped by a couple of long flights and a few nights in an unfamiliar hotel.

The first third of the novel introduces the characters and provides their back stories for readers who aren't familiar with the earlier two volumes of the series. The second third is about who w
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A decade has past since "the war to end all wars," and those impacted by that conflict's stunning, tragic losses fervently pray never again. But as time passes one adage seems determined to prove true -- the more things change, the more things stay the same -- and the Greville family and friends so tested by the conflict that spilled a generation's blood in the trenches stands in danger of seeing the lives of their children imperiled by a new, graver threat. Yet if there are always examples of t ...more
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
I am seriously not ready for this trilogy to end. I actually feel melancholy, reluctant to start another book for fear of losing the 'taste' of the novel. (For recaps, see my reviews of the first novel, The Passing Bells , and the second novel, Circles of Time .)

The novel opens similarly to the first book, The Passing Bells, with Lord Stanmore getting dressed for the day, and my heart lifted -- until the scene changed to sadness with the death of a tertiary character. With that mood establishe
Katherine Gypson
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
I was quite sad to finish this book but not for the reasons I expected. I loved "The Passing Bells," the first book in the series and very much enjoyed its sequel "Circles of Time." By the time I was able to get my hands on the third and final book in the series I thought it would be quite hard to say goodbye to the characters.

I mistakenly assumed that Rock would at least honor readers' commitment to the characters they'd been following through World War One and the 1920s. Instead, he introduces
May 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
I wanted to love it but by the end I couldn't take the sexist roles he sets aside for women in this trilogy. Their only function is to be beautiful and supportive. War has no impact on their lives other than making them worried for their man. Having read so many other books set during this time period, written by both men and women, I know this was a time when women had unprecedented chances to step out of their conscripted roles and experience different lives outside of marriage and family. Tha ...more
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved this series! Well written, addictive..and I love that the characters were believably flawed, yet I still cared about them.
Two things--this book ended very abruptly. I understand that the decade was over, but the war wasn't! I guess his interest was in telling the story of the decade, rather than telling a complete story.
I also found it interesting that he chose to only write about each world war BEFORE the Americans came in. It was really a story about England, with a few American charac
Here in the last book of the trilogy, we leave the Jazz Age and enter the 1930's., as the family and their relatives and friends see the rise of Nazi Germany and another war become the fate of the next generation.
A good finish to a series that took you through the change of an age and society of the British landed gentry.
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Future Arrived deals mostly with the next generation- Ivy's brother Albert, who follows in his brother-in-law Martin's footsteps as a foreign and war correspondent, Colin, Alex's son who leaves America to become a pilot for Britain, and Colin's friend Derek, who attended Charles' private school and joins Colin as a pilot in the war.

The women are represented by Fenton and Winnie's girls- twins Jennifer and Victoria and youngest daughter Kate, some of whom become romantically entangled with the
Aug 22, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war-time, romance
A Future Arrived is the final book in the trilogy The Passing Bells by Phillip Rock.

In the first and second books (which I also reviewed), we are introduced to the Stanmore family, the main characters suffer through WWI and the changes the Britain faces during the 20s including prohibition, feminism, the introduction of the radio into the common household and PTSD.

Each of the family members are in turn exposed to new ideas and changes. Alex falls in love with the former family chauffeur. The ea
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When we last left the Grevilles and Abingdon behind in CIRCLES OF TIME, it was Christmas of 1923. Now, as A FUTURE ARRIVED begins, it's 1930. Anthony and Hanna Greville are now in their seventies and the Earl of Stanmore is sadly reminded that his youth is far behind him. Charles is now headmaster of Burgate House School. Martin's young brother in law Albert is just about ready to begin university, but reveals that he'd much rather follow Martin's lead and become a journalist himself. Meanwhile, ...more
Feb 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the final volume of the Greville family saga and I must admit I was sorry to see it end. I found myself quite involved with the lives and loves of the Grevilles and their circle of relatives and friends and I felt a loss when I turned the last page. I had, after all been with them for quite a few years.

This chapter takes from where Circles of Time left off - as Hitler was just starting to come on the scene in Germany. Many fear this new voice in Germany but England and France are tired f
Jul 29, 2013 rated it liked it
The final novel of Rock's trilogy begins in 1938 and ends in October 1940, and while the novel has most of the pluses of the previous two it left me dissatisfied. One odd little quirk is that Jacob Golden married Amelia Leventhal at the end of Circles of Time, and Rock who has previously been meticulous about keeping the reader up-to date with the lives of main characters even if they aren't currently his focus, never mentions again the marriage or the wife even though Golden makes frequent appe ...more
Kevin Symmons
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Having read the first two novels in the "Passing Bells" Trilogy I could not wait to get my hands on "A Future Arrived". As he did with the second book, "Circles of Time", in this the third and final edition the author moves ahead in time and introduces us to a whole new generation of Grevilles and Rilkes. Albert, Colin, Derek Ramsay and their respective love interests. We see an occasional cameo from the elder (Hanna) and middle-aged (Charles,Martin,Winnifred,and many others) characters introduc ...more
Alicia Prevost
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Finally finished!! No fault of the book, I've just been busy.

Anyway, I wanted to give this 3.5 stars and decided to bump it up to 5.

I liked it. I did. It was well written and it was an interesting perspective on WWII, especially compared to the first book's handling of WWI. The characters were great, the stories were great and I enjoyed it.

To a point.

I just felt was a little too suddenly about their children. And I get it. WWII would have affected them a lot more than it did the parent
Katie Mech
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First, can I say how sad I am that I'm finished with this trilogy? It's been so incredibly good and I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed it. But alas, all good things must come to an end. And sadly, this wasn't the ending I was hoping for.

The third book in the trilogy was...disjointed. I think that's the only word I can think of. I still enjoyed it and I liked the characters, but it just didn't have that same pull as the first two in the series. The characters we had fallen in love with (Charl
Gilda Felt
I think, as was done with Downton Abbey, the author should have stopped before WWII started. He would have done himself, and the readers, a great favor. Because, unlike WWI, WWII completely dominates the book, to the great detriment of character development. I never do come to be as invested in the new generation of characters as I was their parents. Maybe because things are moving so fast, and battles and aerial fights take precedent over the small, ordinary, yet important events that happen to ...more
Lori Baldi
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this series. I found the 2nd book of the series at a Barnes & Noble and thought that it sounded very interesting and I had never heard of the author or the series before. The other books of the series were a little harder to capture than normal books. Made for happy hunting. I think the author does better with the male characters than the females. The women were mostly 1 dimensional which is slightly disturbing. So often I will see novels that are more female friendly will hav ...more
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The final installment of the Abington Pryory trilogy. A new generation of the children and babies from the first two books has come of age. This new group of Grevilles learns to discover life and love admist the tumultuous landscape of pre-WWII Europe. A new reporter emerges, as well as new soldiers eager to fly planes to defeat Germany. New loves are formed, and lost, and the older generations learn to let go of their children. This story is a great wrap-up of this beautiful, captivating series ...more
May 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Although I was interested in reading more about the Grevilles, the Wood-Lacys, and the Rilkes, this book was not as engaging as the first two in the trilogy. The first part of the book, dealing with the approach to World War II was good. I was interested in the characters and started to care about what was happening with them. Unfortunately, the second part of the book jumped too far ahead and did not develop the characters sufficiently for me to enter into their lives and care about what happen ...more
Andrea Stoeckel
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Written in the 80s, this book, the final in a trilogy, was recommended by a British blogger and I'm glad I tracked it down. It is very reminisent of Barbara Taylor Bradford's Woman of Substance, a long ago favorite of mine.
This particular book looks at WW2 and it's continued affects on a family of means in England (I understand the other 2 books deal with other events in earlier history). This book tells some of the same history as Bradford does with the Harte family but through the eyes of the
Tammy O
Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed The Passing Bells trilogy. This third book ended much too soon. It took me by surprise when I turned the page and realized the chapter I'd just finished was the last. I expected several more years with the Greville family and their circle of relatives and friends. I like Phillip Rock's writing style, though, and he ended the story on a hopeful note. These are books I will want to read again.
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
Meh...a disappointing third volume of an otherwise fantastic trilogy. The issue here is that the stories of the principal characters in the first 2 volumes are pretty much dropped. In their place Rock tells the story of their progeny and some other new characters who aren't nearly as interesting and not given as much depth. The incredible times (Europe 1930-1941) are merely a backdrop only sometimes commented upon when they should have played a more important role in the entire story.
Feb 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this series, the 3 books taking you from the early 1900's up to the beginning of World War II in Europe.
The characters had depth and could be people you would like to meet. The books showed that war affects all classes and not just the poor/working class.
If you like Downton Abbey, you should definitely give this series a chance.
I was so involved with the "A Future Arrived" before I knew it I was at the last page and wanting more.
Dec 07, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I LOVED this series! But was my least favorite novel of the three. Rock is a fantastic writer though and I really enjoyed the way so many storylines wove in and out of each other so intricately. I loved the new characters in each book and was absolutely fascinated by the history of the time spanning WWI and WWII. The way Rock can seamlessly present historical perspective from so many different people and places is incredible. He must have been a brilliant person.
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
I didn't like this one as much as the first 2 books in the series. I'm surprised the author didn't write a 4th book since this rather suddenly ends in the middle of WWII, but I am glad I don't have another book in the series to wade through. I didn't get as involved with the characters in the book (the younger generation) as I did with the WWII generation in the 1st 2 books.
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Phillip George Rock was born in Los Angeles on 30 July 1927. He grew up in Beverly Hills and England, returned to America in 1940, and served in the U.S. Navy towards the end of World War II.

His first on-screen credit was for Escape from Fort Bravo (1953), directed by John Sturges and starring William Holden and Eleanor Parker. Rock then concentrated on writing novels and, in 1967, published his

Other books in the series

Passing Bells (3 books)
  • The Passing Bells (Passing Bells, #1)
  • Circles of Time (Passing Bells, #2)