Charmed Circle by Barbara Whitnell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
A recommendation by Rosamunde Pilcher as one of her favorite books set me onto this story set in England of the 1930's and 40's.
Rachel is an only child, living with her grandparents while her parents are in Africa. Next door live the Rossiter's, a spirited family who draw her into their family circle. Through the years her interaction with them weaves this story of emotion and conflict during the war years.
The interest in these characters kept me turning the pages, sometimes seeing what was coming, sometimes not. Rachel does not come through the war unscathed, but does learn so much about life and what is important along the way.
Set both in London and surrounding areas as well as Cornwall, the author moves back and forth through time with ease and makes the story even more interesting.
If you like Pilcher books, you would most likely enjoy this.
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