#FridayReads: Seasons of War

This weekend, we’re all about historical fiction. The Seasons of War Quartet, by Amy Myers, follows four friends throughout their experiences during the First World War, beginning with the summer of 1914, just before the war begins, and ending . Now that all four titles are finally available, they’re the perfect weekend escape! Keep reading to learn about the four Seasons of War books.


Summer’s End

9780749019167‘The end of the old world’ people said about the long hot summer of 1914. It was the last season of optimism, of certainty about the future as the sun set on the Edwardian age. That summer Aunt Tilly comes to stay with her brother the Rector and his four lively daughters in the sleepy Sussex village of Ashden. Aunt Tilly’s visit sparks off a chain of events which threatens to split Ashden apart, in which Agnes Pilbeam, the Rectory palourmaid, and her sweetheart Jamie find themselves bewilderingly caught up. Then in August the lamps go out all over Europe and war bursts open the straitjacket of rural village life. The war will bring tragedy, change and love as private torments and struggles are subjected to the greater need. The challenge will prove too much for some and the making of others.
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Dark Harvest

9780749019266March 1915. Caroline Lilley’s fiancé, Reggie, is away at the Front and Caroline gives up her job and returns home at this request.

Frustrated in her desire to help the war effort, she throws herself into saving the harvest by organizing the village women – and runs up against Reggie’s mother, the formidable Lady Hunney. Caroline’s sister Felicia departs to become and ambulance driver on the Western Front and Phoebe and George eagerly await their chance to leave the Village.

The mood in Ashden changes as it becomes apparent that this is going to be a war unlike any other.
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Winter Roses

9780749020224By the summer of 1916, there is still no end to the war in sight and in the Sussex village of Ashden, as elsewhere, optimism has given way to stoicism. In the year that follows, bereavements and shortages take their toll on village life.
While George Lilley leaves the Rectory to join the Royal Flying Corps, each of his four sisters finds her own way of contributing to the war effort. Gradually coming to terms with her broken engagement to Reginald Hunney, Caroline Lilley numbly continues with her agricultural work at home, until tragedy forces her into leaving Ashden.
Plunged into the fascinating and often frustrating world of military intelligence, Caroline attempts to rebuild her personal life. She renews her contact with the enigmatic Belgian liaison officer Yves Rosier, but how can she tell is this new relationship is right? And will the war give them the chance to find out?
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Songs of Spring

9780749020279Christmas 1917, and as the Lilley family gathers at the Rectory in the Sussex village of Ashden, the mood is far from festive.

Caroline’s parents refuse to support her love of Belgian Army intelligence officer Captain Yves Rosier, and she is forced to leave abruptly. Phoebe falls in love with a divorced music-hall singer, and she too incurs her parents’ disapproval.

The new year brings fresh tragedy, and Caroline returns to Ashden as the war ends. The Rectory opens its doors to a new world, its inhabitants strengthened by the grief and happiness shared during the long years of war.
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