The Pursuit of Love

by Nancy Mitford

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I’m a big fan of Nancy Mitford’s & this is the book of hers that I most wanted to read. I have owned Love in a Cold Climate & Don’t Tell Alfred for a while now, but I am glad I waited till I had the first in the series in my hot little hands.

It was worth the wait – I enjoyed this novel very much. There is a lot of Nancy & her family in this. so your enjoyment of this book may depend on how amusing you have found the Mitfords in various works about them.

I have just knocked half a star off – in part because there were a few lulls for me, but mainly because during some of the funniest lines in the book (view spoiler) Truly, the (brief) change in tone was a shock!

But I am looking forward to continuing the series.

Book Review: Requiem for a Wren

Requiem For A Wren

Requiem For A Wren by Nevil Shute

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

noun [ C ] UK ​ /ˈrek.wi.əm/ US ​ /ˈrek.wi.əm/
​a mass (= a Christian ceremony) at which people honour and pray for a dead person:
a requiem mass

Definition from the Cambridge Dictionary

Always one of those words where I wasn’t quite sure of the meaning! Knowing the meaning now makes me understand the book title (although I think the US title The Breaking Wave works even better & doesn’t give away an important part of the story)

I was lucky enough to go into this story almost completely cold. I knew it was a WW2 novel but nothing else. I would like everyone to have the same experience, so don’t want to reveal too much. At the start for me it was almost like a Golden Age mystery where I was trying to work out the clues.

This remained a fascinating story – until once again, Shute doesn’t quite nail the ending. Just the one spoiler (view spoiler)[Poor Viola! (hide spoiler)]…

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