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The year is 1915, and the war is raging on . . . The war was not 'over by Christmas' after all and as 1915 begins, the Hunters begin to settle into wartime life.Diana, the eldest Hunter daughter, sees her fiance off to the Front but doesn't expect such coldness from her future mother-in-law. David's battalion is almost ready to be sent to the Front, but how will Beattie'sThe year is 1915, and the war is raging on . . . The war was not 'over by Christmas' after all and as 1915 begins, the Hunters begin to settle into wartime life.Diana, the eldest Hunter daughter, sees her fiance off to the Front but doesn't expect such coldness from her future mother-in-law. David's battalion is almost ready to be sent to the Front, but how will Beattie's fragile peace of mind endure? Below stairs, Ethel, the under housemaid, is tired of having her beaux go off to war so she deliberately sets her sights on a man who works on the railway, believing he won't be allowed to volunteer. Eric turns out to be decent, honest and he genuinely cares about Ethel - is this the man who could give her a new life?The Hunters, their servants and their neighbours soon realise that war is not just for the soldiers, but it's for everyone to win, and every new atrocity that is reported bolsters British determination: this is a war that must be won at all costs.Keep the Home Fires Burning is the second book in the War at Home series by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, author of the much-loved Morland Dynasty novels. Set against the real events of 1915, this is an evocative, authentic and wonderfully depicted drama featuring the Hunter family and their servants....

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ISBN : 9780751556292
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 416 Pages
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Keep the Home Fires Burning Reviews

  • Barbara
    2019-01-18 07:03

    This is the second book in what is called "War at Home". "Goodbye Piccadilly" was the first. The story follows the upper middle class Hunter family: parents, children, cousins, in-laws during 1915 when England was realizing this little battle with Germany was going to be a lot bigger and deadly than was first believed. We follow the romance of Charles and Diana that blossomed in Goodbye Piccadilly. Also the newlyweds Jack and Beth have to face the separation that war causes. I really loved this book but did have a hard time remembering all the characters that had been introduced in the first book. So I advise not letting too much time go between these two books! Read it slowly to savor all the characters and their fortunes and misfortunes! Looking forward to the next! I hope there is a book for every year of the War!

  • Gabi Coatsworth
    2019-01-19 11:14

    Family saga 1915Volume two of the saga of the Hunter family and others during the First World War. The author does a great job of showing the story based on the home front, yet getting in enough information about what was happening on the various battlefields. There are rather a lot of characters to keep up with, and I suspect binge-reading the series might be best. But the cast is representative of their various classes - struggling to come to terms with the changes the war brings - social, political, and to the British way of life as a whole. Looking forward to the next volume.

  • Linda Bridges
    2019-01-07 11:02

    This is the second volume in a collection by one of my favorite authors, Cynthia Harrod-Eagles. She writes in this set of books about England during World War I. This book continues the story of the Hunter family, their servants, and their friend during 1916. Diana Hunter is eagerly awaiting her up-coming marriage to Lord Dene, Charles Wroughton. Her older brother David is in training and excited about going to fight in France; sister Sadie is helping to train horses for combat; the other children are too young at the beginning of the book to be anything but excited about war. But as the year wears on, all in the household become frightened by the Zeppelin raids and how the war begins to affect them at home. After all, as one of the characters remarks, "War is supposed to take place far away, the men go off to fight and come home triumphant". This war is different. I love Harrod-Eagles' books, and for those too daunted by her Morland chronicles (all 35 volumes!) this series is a good start. There is also a third book out that I haven't read yet so I don't know how long this series will end up being, but they are well worth it with enjoyable characters and a well-researched plot.

  • Donna
    2018-12-30 11:18

    Well, I told myself I'd try one more book in this series, and now that I've finished it, I've decided that I'm done with the series. It's not that the author's writing is bad; it's just that I'm not into the whole British aristocracy scene. I simply did not like some of the characters. The thing that put me over the edge was a scene where London is being bombed by the Germans, people are being killed and injured, and one of the female characters comments, "The milkman was so late we had to have our tea black at breakfast........." Quelle horreur! Enough said.

  • Joan
    2019-01-13 12:18

    Second book in this series about First World War and residents of Northcote. I am still finding the story a little slow going but quite enjoyable. Must admit however that in my opinion these stories do not quite live up to the author's Morland Series of books.

  • Allison
    2019-01-12 12:03

    It's not the Morland dynasty, but close enough! I really enjoyed this second book in the series!

  • Suzanne
    2018-12-23 05:03

    I do like Cynthia Harrod-Eagles historical novels! This one did not disappoint, although it being only the second in this saga it does not have the depth of the Morlands - yet

  • Jenna Mills
    2019-01-12 12:08

    An enjoyable read with interesting enough characters.

  • Adele
    2019-01-16 05:02

    I was provided with an arc in return for an honest review.This is the first book I’ve read by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles and I have to be honest I did find it a little difficult at first getting into the story as I hadn’t read the first book in the War at Home series so I was struggling with all the characters. Once I got my head around all the characters I was fascinated how families, villagers and even soldiers coped with the cumulative events of 1915. It was both terrifying and heartbreaking. Families ripped apart, cities, towns and even villagers were left with visible and emotional scars. This story focuses on The Hunter family who lived in a fairly modest household with servants/help downstairs. We see how the lives of the characters from upstairs and downstairs have changed from the beginning of the war to a year on. How they come together as a community to help the wounded.If you enjoy historical family sagas you will love Cynthia’s novels. I would recommend you read her first novel in the War at Home series (Goodbye Piccadilly) prior to Keep the Home Fires Burning so you can appreciate the full journey The Hunter family experience.

  • Beverly
    2018-12-27 07:21

    I have never watched Downton Abbey, but I am guessing from what I have heard that if you like that TV series then you would thoroughly enjoy this book. But let me recommend that you start with the first one in the series. I didn't realize that this was part of a series, but it was a good read all on its own. At times it was a bit of a challenge to keep all the stories and family connections straight, but it was a wonderful glimpse of the effects of WW I on those left behind and experiencing numerous changes from the effects of war on the home front. The names of the books in this series find their origin in songs that came out of this era. The turn of the century is one of my favourite to read about for so much was going on all over the world. Changes on every level. Changes which have had huge effects on the way we live our lives today.Very good read! Now I need to read the first one! :)

  • Sara G
    2019-01-16 11:02

    This was a good continuation of the "War at Home" series. In this one, the war clearly wasn't over by Christmas of 1914, so more people are getting involved. London is being bombed by zeppelins (when they can find their target!) and more people are being sent off to fight in France. This series is written with each book representing a year during WWI, so by virtue of this, it's written quite differently than the author's Morland family series. She does a great job of writing about the war from so many different fictional perspectives, and I look forward to reading the third book.

  • Pamela
    2018-12-30 06:23

    This is a saga that sucks the reader into the family life, much as Downton Abbey does, as the family and England are immersed further and further into the horrors of war. Even with the Great War in 1915 as the topic, the author incorporates English chatter that is delightful and sometimes even hilarious, such as the incident when the policewomen escort a drunken soldier to train. I'll be watching for further novels from Harrod-Eagles.

  • Joan
    2019-01-14 07:23

    I am enjoying the series, although I am still missing the Morlands. While this series concentrates on the home front during the war, rather than the battlefields, I do think it was done better in the Morland series, which also essentially covered the war at a year per book.That said, I am warming to the characters, and I look forward to the next volume.

  • Jenny L
    2018-12-25 11:11

    I had not read the prequel to this, so did struggle a little at the beginning working out who all the characters were. Overall, not a bad read, but not the most gripping story I've ever read about the great war.....

  • Robyn Smith
    2018-12-20 07:14

    This is not one of Harrod - Eagles' best efforts, in fact it's hard to believe she wrote it. The writing is poor, dialogue stilted and it's kind of corny, as if he thought she better produce some sort of war book because of World War 1 commemorations last year.Not recommended.

  • Marcia
    2019-01-10 10:20

    Another great series By Cynthia Harrod Eagles

  • Karoline
    2019-01-13 09:20

    Cynthia can do no wrong. Her writing is genuine, realistic, and always entertaining.

  • Mary Rankin
    2019-01-05 05:25

    Series continuation--I gobbled this one up and went on to the third.

  • Andy Plonka
    2019-01-17 04:59

    This is better than the first book in the series but still slow to start. It gets better as it goes on. More commentary on what Britain was like at home during WWI.

  • Carol
    2018-12-24 07:03

    I love this new series.