Pardonable Lies

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Jacqueline Winspear
Pardonable Lies

This is a stand-alone novel by the author of the Maisie Dobbs series. Ms. Winspear wrote this book to commemorate the 100 anniversary of the beginning of this terrible war. The setting is a farm in Kent and of course in France where the fighting was occurring. The time is 1914 and 1915.  It tells the story of a man and his sister; her friend who becomes the man's wife, and the local landowner. They all become caught up in the Great War as the men go off to war and the wife stays home. She writes letters to her husband telling of wonderful dinners she is cooking at home on the farm. These are the "lies" that are told, as she is pretending she has these resources because she knows that her husband would enjoy them were he home.  As the war progresses, the men in Tom's company learn to love the meal descriptions and talk about them among themselves. They savor the connection between the description of the food and what they all are missing back home.

A beautifully written but deceptive book. It begins by wrapping you up in warmth like a cozy flannel nightgown, but gradually the effects of war strip this away. This creates a sense of sadness and loss, the realization that things will never be the same again. True to the author, this is a quiet book with deep meaning and the horror of war that comes to real people. Check our Catalog

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