Fallen Skies

Fallen Skies

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Lily valance wants to forget the war. She's determined to enjoy the world of the 1920s, with its music, singing, laughter and pleasure. When she meets Captain Stephen Winters, a decorated hero back from the Front, she's drawn to his wealth and status. In Lily, Stephen sees his salvation from the guilt of surviving the Flanders plains, where so many were lost.

But it's a dream that cannot last. The hidden tensions of the respectable facade of the Winters household come to a head. Stephen's nightmares merge ever closer with reality as the truth of what took place in the mud and darkness brings him and all who love him to a terrible reckoning.

Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2008, c1993.
ISBN: 9780006474104
0006474101
9781554684090
1554684099
Characteristics: 640 p. ;,18 cm.

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jazpur
Aug 01, 2015

This book gives really good portrayal of life in Britain with the changes in class structure as a result of WWI. The 1920's were frenetic as people adjusted to the huge losses of life suffered in the war and the 'flu epidemic.Post traumatic stress disorder was a fact in all walks of life and hidden as shameful.. Philippa Gregory is better known for her later novels about the Plantagenets and the Tudors but this one is equally worthwhile . It would make a beautiful if tragic film or TV series which would be pertinent with all the current anniversaries of the events.

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GLNovak
Sep 19, 2012

Very long book but easy to read. Lily and Stephen marry but have many secrets. Lily tries to fit in to the life of a post-WWI upper class family, coached by Stephen's mother whose adherence to politeness and stiff upper lip and 'what is done' is unbending. Very tragic story showing us the effects of PTSD from the war to end all wars.

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carol507
May 03, 2012

A well written book, but very LONG (ov/500 pages) - shows what can happen with PTDS no matter what war.

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Rosaasen
Nov 11, 2011

Sad, but very introspective tale of the effects of war. Wonderfully written.

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