The Storms of War

The Storms of War

Book - 2015
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In the idyllic early summer of 1914, life is good for the de Witt family. Rudolf and Verena are planning the wedding of their daughter Emmeline, while their eldest son, Arthur, is studying in Paris and Michael is just back from his first term at Cambridge. Celia, the youngest of the de Witt children, is on the brink of adulthood, and secretly dreams of escaping her carefully mapped-out future and exploring the world. But the onslaught of war changes everything and soon the de Witts find themselves sidelined and in danger of losing everything they hold dear. As Celia struggles to make sense of the changing world around her, she lies about her age to join the war effort and finds herself embroiled in a complex plot that puts not only herself but those she loves in danger. With gripping detail and brilliant empathy, Kate Williams tells the story of Celia and her family as they are shunned by a society that previously embraced them, torn apart by sorrow, and buffeted and changed by the storms of war.
Publisher: New York, NY : Pegasus Books, 2015
Edition: First Pegasus Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781605988672
Characteristics: 514 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Apr 17, 2019

Sounds a bit like the true writing of Vera Brittain - Testament of Youth - in my top 10 reads, especially for The Great War.

Sep 01, 2017

It seems to me that it is caching in on the popularity of Downton Abbey. However, possibly she preceded it. This is the bleaker version of same.

Aug 31, 2014

With this novel about the de Witt family, Kate Williams has added another dimension to the growing genre of fiction relating to the upheavals in society caused by World War I .Celia, the youngest member of the family, is naive to the point of exasperation for the 21st century reader but a credible character for all that in a world turned upside down by the horrors of war.The events are real enough and their impacts far reaching.Well researched and convincing,this is the first in a trilogy. I'm looking forward to the ensuing volumes.


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