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In Love and War review – Alex Preston's affecting third novel
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The 1 international bestseller about the enduring bond between three women and the castle they will never forget. Their lives were mapped out ahead of them. But love and war will change everything…. But when Bridie learns of a secret Kitty has been keeping, their idyllic world is forever torn apart. Later, the three women scatter to different parts of the globe. Kitty must salvage what she can before Castle Deverill and everything she has ever known is reduced to ash.
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It's not a particularly original observation, but Esmond is not a particularly original thinker at the beginning of the book, despite his literary aspirations. Esmond is sent to Italy at 20 by his father, the chairman of the British Union of Fascists, to set up a radio station intended to repair Anglo-Italian relations by broadcasting fascist propaganda alongside culturally improving discussions to the English community.
While enjoying Valentine's Day dinner this year, my husband and I talked about the joys of being married. When he asked me what has been the most pleasant surprise of the past three years, I thought for a moment, slowly smiled, and said, "Marriage has been a lot easier than I thought it would be. Perhaps my younger generation is just much more open about taboos and perils, but the horror stories and warnings I received as I approached my wedding led me to believe I could sooner navigate my way through J. Tolkien's Mordor than through a successful marriage. We received pre-marital counseling, prayed often, and dove in anyway.