I hope you’re having a pleasant Summer, enjoying the green, beautiful world and also getting some reading done. Here’s my reading of late.
In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen. Historical Mystery. The setting is early World War II and Paris has been taken but England not bombed nor invaded. Among the aristocracy, life can go on as usual, with the exception of sons off to war and soldiers in the home front, setting up barracks in grand houses in the country. From the author’s website, this blurb:
World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy. The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerham’s middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret: she has taken a job at Bletchley Park, the British code-breaking facility.
As Ben follows a trail of spies and traitors, which may include another member of Pamela’s family, he discovers that some within the realm have an appalling, history-altering agenda. Can he, with Pamela’s help, stop them before England falls?
Their Finest by Lisa Evans. Fiction. Set during World War II, and the reason I read it on the heels of the previous book, this is straight fiction. During the blitz, the Ministry of Information wants a stirring, heroic film made about the Dresden rescue. It’s to be based on a “true” story of two sisters who stole their father’s fishing smack and took it to France to bring back soldiers. The book describes the making of the movie through the eyes of three major characters: a screen writer, an actor, and a costumer. A little slow at first, it gained enough momentum that I carried through and liked it, especially from mid-point on. It was made into a film in 2016.
So how about you?
What have you been reading?