Spies, Tennis and war oh my Nicely woven plots and vibrant characters too. From the start I was quite invested into the story of poppy, unfortunately the author just after chapter one where I was utterly hook decides to change the POV entirely and I was left scratching my head wondering what the hell was happening And I had to wait quite awhile before we return to Poppy s story The other POVs were connected to poppy but not until towards the end and quite frankly was completely unnecessary for these POVs to take up so much space of this book Poppy s story was very intriguing and at times, especially in the beginning I was almost yelling at her to wake up but alas she was slow to the take of her conniving husband and he meets his end thankfully I used to love these kind of books Jane Austen era about love and courting etc but now I find them almost irritating especially when women are portrayed as empty headed females Poppy isn t completely portrayed like this but very dam close She questions why basil is interested in her but it never occurs to her that it s her money until two days after she is married This is exasperating. I am currently nursing a minor crush on Eugene. This book started out promising I found Poppy s story very intriguing However, I found the subsequent characters were less interesting As the story progressed, I became detached and found myself losing interest and not following the story I finished the book, but didn t get much out of it. I had a difficult time deciding on a rating score for this novel The introduction of characters was sloppy, making it difficult to keep each person clear, sometimes leav ng physical details ntil well after my picture of an individual had been formed The story centers on some young women in Great Britain n the days leading up to WWII through Christmas 1940 or 41 The content appeals to me, but the lack of clarity lowered my score. Great beginning, dull middle and exciting endI have read the Bexham trilogy, one of my favourite World War II series and thought this would be just as easy to read Unfortunately not It took me a few weeks to finish this so it was not an easy read The start of the novel was really interesting especially the backstory of Poppy and Majorie but I really felt the book lost it s way when the characters arrived at Eden Park I connected with Poppy, Majorie and Billy as characters but not with the others as much or at all The Male characters Eugene and Scott were not enigmatic for me The last 20% of the book started to get exciting Overall I feel as though there were too many characters It wasn t a page turner As such, I will rate this three stars. DAUGHTERS OF EDEN Focuses On The Lives And Fortunes Of Four Very Different Young Women At The Outbreak Of The Second World War Marjorie, Left At A Boarding School By Her Emigrating Mother Plain Poppy, Pushed Into Marriage With A Mean Spirited Aristocrat Kate, Despised By Her Father, But Determined To Prove Herself And Man Mad Lily, Who Turns Out To Be The Bravest Of Them AllThat All Of Them Are Chosen To Work Undercover For The Espionage Unit At A Beautiful Stately Home Is A Surprise, Not Least To Them At Eden Park They Not Only Meet Each Other, But Become Involved With Three Unusual Young Men Eugene, The Seemingly Feckless Irishman Robert, Kate S Brother And Dashing Scott, A Master Of Disguise, And The Undisputed Favourite Of The Unit While There Is Hardly Time For Romance Before Each Is Sent Out Into The Field, There Is Just Enough For Passionate New Relationships To Form Only Jack Ward, The Mysterious Spymaster, Manages To Remain Aloof As He Guides Their Destinies The Fact That They Will Look Back On This Time As Having Made Them Feel Exquisitely Alive Than Ever Before Is Not Something They Will Know Until Much Later One of those event filled but vaguely soothing British books about plucky young women during World War II This is not exactly high on plausibility but everyone seems vaguely nice, except of course for the fascists There is a sequel, apparently, but everyone is faintly dull and I don t feel the need to seek it out. World War 2 novel with some historical facts and interesting plot intertwine the lives of four young women. Several young women are selected, in the early 1940s, to work in Eden House, for undercover espionate as war is declared in the UK Exciting, fast paced, presumably accurate in many respects albeit fiction I didn t find any of the characters particularly sympathetic, but perhaps that s because too many are followed Still, quite a page turner tense, giving insights into undercover life during World War II.
John Bingham, the 7th Baron Clanmorris, wrote detective stories and was a secret member of MI5 Her mother,
- 544 pages
- Daughters of Eden
- Charlotte Bingham
- 15 March 2019 Charlotte Bingham