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A Stitch in Time

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Rose’s life is about to be torn apart by war, but can she and her sisters piece together a new life in a rapidly changing world?

London, 1914: Rose Boniface and her orphaned siblings live a small but happy life in South-East London. But when war breaks out across Europe and her older brother enlists, nothing will ever be the same again.

As men leave for the war in droves, th
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ebook, 492 pages
Published November 22nd 2018 by Agora Books (first published February 13th 1995)
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Ginger Pollard
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An extremely well written book! It's a little bit longer, but worth the extra time. Especially if you love a story and wish it didn't have to end, this is that kind of book. Characters who I loved, characters who were deliciously wicked! A very enjoyable book! Lots of characters, but they were very easy to follow and keep up with. Highly recommend to anyone who enjoys Historical Fiction in the WWI era, and afterward. I will be reading more from this author!
I received an ARC of this book from Net
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Jypsy
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A tale of survival and growing up with the backdrop of WWII. I enjoyed the setting of London. I liked the characters because they were relatable. It's a good story.
Camille
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it
The premise of the story is interesting, and I think the author did a good job of recreating people's everyday life during the time period. Only the beginning of the novel is set during WW1 though, so don't expect a full WW1 story.
Towards the middle, I started getting bogged down by the constant change of point of view of the numerous characters, but thankfully the pace picked up again after a while. I can often find my interest in characters waning when the point of view changes too often. That
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Sarah
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My review for you today could be called old-but-new. That is, the book A Stitch in Time by Beryl Kingston (which is coming out November 22nd!) was originally published as Alive and Kicking. New title, new cover, same eloquent book! It's a solid four stars - let me tell you a little about it.

Rose Boniface and company (her friends and siblings) are alive and well but enter WWI and their entire lives are turned upside down. It's been hard enough living in London as orphans together but tragedy stri
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Sherry Chiger
Nov 16, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a tough one to give a star rating to. On the one hand, it was a fast, flowing read and lots of fun, in a cozy, "things were tough back then but we're English, darn it, so we're jolly well going to soldier on" way. For the most part it really evoked the London of the lower classes during and after WWI. But much of it was predictable, and it lacked the emotional punch I felt it should have had, And would an East Ender have been able to comfortably move amongst the middle and upper-middle c ...more
Gaele
Rose, her two sisters Nettie and Mabel, two brothers Bertie and Col all live in London, hand to mouth in two rented rooms at the advent of World War I. Life isn’t easy, but they all muddle on and just make ends meet: quietly taking one step at a time. Knowing that things are tight, Rose starts working at the ‘great house’ for Augusta Monk – a difficult if very rich woman: the money is welcome and her quiet nature (if much comes from biting her tongue) means she lasts longer than most, a necessit ...more
April
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I received an advanced Kindle version of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Agora Books Publishing and NetGalley!

This book was a quick read and was the epitome of all good parts of a book that I enjoyed. Rose is the second eldest of her family and along with her eldest brother, Bertie, she makes up the Matriarchal side. Their mother and father had passed away and now that the WWI is upon them, Bertie decides to enlist in the army to obtain funds for his sisters
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KTC
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
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On the wall of a simple home in southeast London hangs a sampler stitched by a dearly departed mother, advising her five orphaned children to "live with dignity." And that is what Rose Boniface and her siblings do. ...more
Emily Renee
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beryl Kingston has written a delightful and clever novel about a young girl’s coming of age, and her four siblings in Great Britain during WW1.

You can’t help but fall in love with this charming industrious family, as the story follows them through their growing up years, and for some of them, into their adult lives...our heroine: patient, cheerful Rose; sensible, hardworking Bertie; passionate, loyal Netta; bold, fearless Col, and loving, innocent Mabel. Their love for each other perseveres dur
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A Stitch in Time by Beryl Kingston
 
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“Rose’s life is about to be torn apart by war, but can she and her sisters piece together a new life in a rapidly changing world?

London, 1914: Rose Boniface and her orphaned siblings live a small but happy life in South-East London. But when war breaks out across Europe and her older brother enlists, nothing will ever be the same again.

As men leave for the war in droves, the girls must take on whatever work they can find to make ends meet. High-risk work
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