The Passing Bells

The Passing Bells

Book - 2012
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The guns of August are rumbling throughout Europe in the summer of 1914, but war has not yet touched Abingdon Pryory. Here, at the grand home of the Greville family, the parties, dances, and romances play on. Alexandra Greville embarks on her debutante season while brother Charles remains hopelessly in love with the beautiful, untitled Lydia Foxe, knowing that his father, the Earl of Stanmore, will never approve of the match. Downstairs the new servant, Ivy, struggles to adjust to the routines of the well-oiled household staff, as the arrival of American cousin Martin Rilke, a Chicago newspaperman, causes a stir.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, 2012
Edition: 1st William Morrow pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780872235182
Characteristics: 516, 16 p. ; 21 cm


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Mar 12, 2017

I couldnt agree LESS with the previous comment! Slow??

I found this story riveting, the writing quite beautiful and the details fascinating and quite engaging. The book flowed well, the characters were vivid. I found myself in tears at the end.
It also happens to be an excellent way to learn about the First World War.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone!

Having never heard of the writer before I must say Im surprised he isnt more widely known.

Apr 09, 2014

I was quite disappointed in this book. The writing is heavy and the pacing slow. Too many details and unimportant scenes, in my opinion.

hgeng63 Oct 08, 2013

Nice that this was reprinted so that all of of us Downton Abbey fans could re-discover it. I bet Julian Fellowes read this & thought, I could make this more soap-opera-y & more everything. I thought the WW1 scenes went on too long.


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