The Secret Years

The Secret Years A moving story about life in the East Anglian Fens after the First World War evoking the emotions of the men who came through their ordeals and the women who survived the trauma of separation During

  • Title: The Secret Years
  • Author: Judith Lennox
  • ISBN: 9780312131661
  • Page: 189
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A moving story about life in the East Anglian Fens after the First World War, evoking the emotions of the men who came through their ordeals and the women who survived the trauma of separation.During the golden summer of 1914, four young people played in the gardens of Drakesden Abbey Nicholas and Lally were the children of the great house, set in the bleak and magical FeA moving story about life in the East Anglian Fens after the First World War, evoking the emotions of the men who came through their ordeals and the women who survived the trauma of separation.During the golden summer of 1914, four young people played in the gardens of Drakesden Abbey Nicholas and Lally were the children of the great house, set in the bleak and magical Fen country Thomasine was the unconventional niece of two genteel maiden aunts in the village Daniel was the son of the local blacksmith, a fiercely independent, ambitious boy who longed to break away from the stifling confines of his East Anglian upbringing As the drums of war sounded in the distance, the Firedrake, a mysterious and ancient Blythe family heirloom disappeared, setting off an uncontrollable chain of events.The Great War changed everything, and both Nicholas and Daniel returned from the front damaged by their experiences Thomasine, freed from the narrow disciplines of her childhood, and enjoying the new hedonism which the twenties brought, thought that she could escape from the ties that bound her to both Nicholas and Daniel But the passions and enmities of their youth had intensified in the passing years, and the four friends had to experience tragedy and betrayal before the Firedrake made its reappearance and, with it, a new hope for the future.

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    1. One of my favorites books. This novel about the wealthy Blythe family who own Drakesden Abbey was a book filled with all things I like to read about. A generations old estate, a dominating matriarch,jealousy,scandal,love and tragedy set against the backdrop of the Great War into the 1920's. This had it all for me.

    2. This was one of the best stories I have ever read while set during that particular time before and after World War I. It was so real and I cried a few times. It really brought home what millions of people, both soldiers and civilians, suffered to get through the war and its aftermath. It makes me realise what a defining section of history it is. Of course the fictional story itself and all the characters and the writing and simply everything about it gets 5 stars from me. 600 glorious pages. I'm [...]

    3. In the golden summer of 1914, Thomasine and Daniel, children of the village of Drakesden, are brought together with Nicholas and Lally Blythe of Drakesden Abbey. Together the four explore the magical grounds and gardens of Drakesden Abbey, until the disappearance of a Blythe family heirloom suddenly breaks the spell of the summer, triggering a chain of events that will have far-lasting consequences. Though the onset of war will alter all their lives and change the landscape of the entire nation; [...]

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