books pdf The Winter HouseAuthor Judith Lennox – Albawater.co

For three girls growing up in the Fens in the tumultuous years between two world wars, the Winter House was a special place of refuge and friendship Winter or summer, they would meet at the old wooden house by the waterside to confide all the secrets and heartaches of childhood and adolescence There was Robin, idealistic and clever, destined for Cambridge Maia, the most beautiful and ambitious of the three, looking for a rich husband and quiet Helen, living under the seemingly benevolent tyranny of her widower father, the local vicar Adulthood separates the three girls, and Robin, abandoning ideas of university, goes to London to work amongst the poor, meeting there her first great love, the handsome but brittle Francis Maia s ideal marriage to a wealthy man ends in tragedy and Helen, meanwhile, kept in near imprisonment by her obsessively protective father, has her very sanity threatenedHugely satisfying, dramatic and romantic, The Winter House tells how these women find their way through a world changed for ever, through political and social upheaval, through the Spanish Civil World War and to the brink of the Second World War Set against a backdrop of London, Paris and the unchanging English countryside, it is a novel of rare warmth and beauty


10 thoughts on “The Winter House

  1. Tetty Tetty says:

    One of my real favourites, it s one of the books that I don t lend out just in case I don t get it back I love the characters and the storyline The characters develop over time and the storyline unfolds with surprises and grows the characters in ways that are very unexpected The book tackles many issues and is skillfully written One of those that I can t put down.


  2. rebellyell666 rebellyell666 says:

    Inhalt Die junge Robin rebellisch, nicht gl ubig und pazifistisch Die junge Helen zur ckhaltend, vertr umt und ruhig Die junge Maia verw hnt, intelligent und herrschs chtig Diese drei unterschiedlichen Typen schw ren sich eins Freundschaft und das Versprechen, bei den gro en Ereignissen der einzelnen mit dabei zu sein.Schreib Erz hlstil Mir imponiert das gekonnte Zeichnen der einzelnen Charaktere, die Lennox in die fr heren zwanziger bis drei iger Jahre wirft, um ihr Schicksal zu gest Inhalt Die junge Robin rebellisch, nicht gl ubig und pazifistisch Die junge Helen zur ckhaltend, vertr umt und ruhig Die junge Maia verw hnt, intelligent und herrschs chtig Diese drei unterschiedlichen Typen schw ren sich eins Freundschaft und das Versprechen, bei den gro en Ereignissen der einzelnen mit dabei zu sein.Schreib Erz hlstil Mir imponiert das gekonnte Zeichnen der einzelnen Charaktere, die Lennox in die fr heren zwanziger bis drei iger Jahre wirft, um ihr Schicksal zu gestalten Mich bermannt noch jetzt das Gef hl, als ob die Charaktere wirklich gelebt h tten und heute noch leben Lennox versteht es, den n tigen Esprit und die Reife der jungen M dchen sowie ihren Nebendarstellern zu entwickeln und auch die Reaktionen auf Schicksalsschl ge gekonnt darzustellen.Meine Meinung Ich wei nicht, warum dieses Buch all die Monate eingeschwei t und ungelesen auf meinem Stapel lag Ich war in diesem Buch, ich fieberte mit, ich verfluchte die Stunden, in denen ich es nicht weiterlesen konnte.Lennox hat mir wieder die Leidenschaft des Lesens n her gebracht Das Mitfiebern mit den einzelnen und das R tseln, was Lennox als N chstes mit ihren Protagonisten anstellt, raubte mir beinahe den letzten Nerv und lie mich manchmal im kalten Wasser zur ck Ich brachte viel Empathie und Verst ndnis f r die einzelnen auf, doch manchmal h tte ich einige der M dchen sch tteln k nnen, weil mir kein Fortkommen geschildert wurde, sondern Stillstand Mir gef llt es, dass Lennox keine verschw rerische, alles berdauernde M dchenfreundschaft dargestellt hat, sondern ein d nnes Band, das man beinahe rei en h ren kann Man k mpft als Leser permanent gegen dieses Rei en an und auch Lennox wei , dass sie sich der unkonzentrierten Aufmerksamkeit seines Lesers sicher sein kann Am Ende treibt sie alles auf die Spitze und genau dieser Berg ist es, der mich weinen lie Ich danke ihr f r dieses Ende, ohne mehr verraten zu wollen.Fazit Lennox darf sich gerne so es sie denn will in die Riege meiner Lieblingsautorinnen einreihen Tipp Lesen


  3. Bianca Bianca says:

    I really liked the different story lines of this novel, working apart from each other, as well as in several points of contact of the different protagonists The four caracters are really opposed to each other and represent entirely different approaches to life, happiness and future, as well as modes of living, problems and obstacles put in each of the girls ways.


  4. Sue Sue says:

    A novel about three girls growing up in the 1920s Fast paced and interesting despite scenes of politics and war Realistic descriptions and memorable people.


  5. LeseSprotte LeseSprotte says:

    obwohl die story einige l ngen hatte, ist es insgesamt eine gro artige, intensive geschichte.


  6. Doreen Whelan Doreen Whelan says:

    Winter This book did not grab my interests It was long drawn out and just lost the plot Then that is just my opinion, someone else may enjoy it.


  7. MRS A HARDY MRS A HARDY says:

    This bookA good book very interesting.dragged a little in the middle but came to an exciting end.slightly depressing though ,


  8. Anna-Maria Tuominen-Reini Anna-Maria Tuominen-Reini says:

    Finally I had the time to read, and finish this book Fascinating story Recommended


  9. Lizzy Chandler Lizzy Chandler says:

    The Winter Hiuse opens with three friends, Robin, Helen and Maia, who, at the end of the First World War and on the verge of adulthood, vow to celebrate the great milestones of their lives their first jobs, travelling abroad, losing their virginity Robin is a pacifist from a progressive family whose two brothers fought in the war, one never returning, the other coming home with shell shock Helen is the only child and dutiful daughter of the widowed local rector, a man who believes himself a c The Winter Hiuse opens with three friends, Robin, Helen and Maia, who, at the end of the First World War and on the verge of adulthood, vow to celebrate the great milestones of their lives their first jobs, travelling abroad, losing their virginity Robin is a pacifist from a progressive family whose two brothers fought in the war, one never returning, the other coming home with shell shock Helen is the only child and dutiful daughter of the widowed local rector, a man who believes himself a cut above the rural labourers and artisans who inhabit the run down cottages of their marsh surrounded village Maia is the beauty of the trio, a girl brought up to expect the finer things in life only to be abandoned by her profligate father in the worst possible way.Each girl has a dream Robin dreams of escaping the academic fate her father has planned for her and moving to London to become involved in activist politics, to do something that makes a difference in the world Helen dreams of having a home and family Maia wants the security of wealth that she knew as a child, and is prepared to do what it takes to get it.As the girls become women and pursue their dreams, each has to make choices and compromises, face hardships which test their endurance and their friendship The adolescent vow of celebrating milestones isn t forgotten, but it becomes representative of the naivety if not always innocence of their youthful hopes, as well as the differences in their personalities, upbringing and values.The story covers the period of the aftermath of the First World War, through the twenties and into the Great Depression and the Spanish Civil War, and ends with Europe on the brink of another war These great events aren t just a backdrop to the story they play a significant part in Robin s and Maia s lives, while Helen s eventual questioning of her faith is indicative of a broader wave of secularism that reflects the changing values of this time.The Winter House is an interesting and engrossing story, easy to read and, in parts, moving It makes me wonder why I don t readhistorical sagas.This review first appeared on my blog


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