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A Winter's Child by Brenda Jagger
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May 06, 2009

it was amazing

A delightful, thoughtful book about the roaring 20s and everything they entailed: fun, freedom, and a massive hangover from World War I. Mostly we view this world from the eyes of Claire, shy teenage bride turned toughened war widow. Claire lost her young husband to the war within three weeks of marriage, became a battlefield nurse, fell in love with another soldier, and lost him too. Now that the war is over, she has come home to a crowd of stiflingly conventional in-laws who cannot understand that she is suffering her own form of shellshock. Romance weaves its way in as Claire becomes involved against her better judgment with an intense but distant lover, but this book is less a romance than a book about the effects of war: Euan, the flippant but shellshocked survivor; Kit, the butler-turned-soldier who now sees an opportunity to jump from the lower classes to the upper; and even Miriam, Claire's mother-in-law who cannot understand why the war has destroyed the prim Edwardian world of her youth. And there fascinating portrayal of the roaring 20s as Claire gets a job at a budding hotel and capably runs a jazz club in the basement.
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