Winter vacation is finally here, and you know what that means right? Reading as many books before the end of the year, of course.
Given that I have more time on my hands I figured I would get some of my ‘shorter’ TBR books off my shelf.
The first, coming in at exactly 300 pages, is The Silent Land by David Dunham.
Partially because it was short, and partially because it was set during World War I, I knew The Silent Land was going to be among the first of my ‘Break Books.’
Was The Silent Land a good choice for my first read of winter break? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.
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The Silent Land by David Dunham
Publisher: Troubador (May 2017)
Print Length: 377 pages
It is 1904 and Rebecca Lawrence, a shy young woman tied to the village she was raised in, is taken by her father across England and placed into a society that will bring her confidence and conflict, and also set her on a path to falling in love.
When years later the First World War threatens the life she has built for herself, she is faced with the choice of either protecting those she cares for, or revealing a great secret that will destroy them.
This book was exceptional.
The first part of this book reminded me of a novel that Jane Austen would have written if she had been setting her novels during the early 1900’s.
The courtship of Rebecca and Rupert was beautiful to read. It was almost reminiscent of Mr. Tilney and Catherine Morland in Austen’s Northanger Abbey.I also enjoyed the characters of Edward and Aunt Emily, though the latter did get on my nerves from time to time.I also rather liked that when a character was mentioned, they never really faded from the broader narrative. Tilly, Henry, and even George had there moments in the book but by the end of it weren’t forgotten.
The only thing I didn’t much care for was how the book had a multitude of smaller stories packed into one.The story of Elizabeth, James, and Rebecca could have been explored in a book of its own, as too could the marriage between Rebecca and Rupert. The gaps in time made me feel as if I was cheated out of a little more time with the characters.However, the book had the ability to make me appreciate the small snippets of time I did get to read about, and because of that I will be looking forward to Dunham’s next publication.
Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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And that’s my review of The Silent Land by David Dunham. Do you have any WWI recommendations you think I should check out? Leave it as a comment below and help my TBR grow.