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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Wake: A Novel by Anna Hope

Wake: A NovelWake: A Novel by Anna Hope
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Intertwining lives of three women who have been severely affected by the war. Loved ones presumed dead, missing or badly damaged physically or mentally.

As the lives move on we get different POV from each person. This can become very confusing and in MHO took away from the very good story somewhat due to it not being switched smoothly for the reader, leaving me struggling on whose POV was this now then? Once picked up, it became quite engrossing reading.

Anna Hope writes really well, I have read one of her other books.

The concept of this book and storyline is very powerful, very moving, and very real. That said, it just needs some tweaking to make it flow more.

Did I love the book? Yes
Was there anything you would change? Yes, the flow of the book was too abrupt at times.
Would you recommend the book? Yes, but I would make it know how I felt at times reading it.

As the story unfolds, the women concerned are moving on with their lives the best they can, however, there is a mystery about the war that comes to light, can they ever rebuild their future.

The ending did end abruptly, so be aware of this.

Thank you to Random House UK, Transworld Publishers Via Net Galley for the complimentary book for me to read, enjoy and review.

Anna Hope’s brilliant debut unfolds over the course of five days, as three women must deal with the aftershocks of World War I and its impact on the men in their lives.
Wake: 1) Emerge or cause to emerge from sleep. 2) Ritual for the dead. 3) Consequence or aftermath.
London, 1920. The city prepares to observe the two-year anniversary of Armistice Day with the burial of the unknown soldier. Many are still haunted by the war: Hettie, a dance instructress, lives at home with her mother and her brother, who is mute after his return from combat. One night Hettie meets a wealthy, educated man and finds herself smitten with him. But there is something distracted about him, something she cannot reach. . . . Evelyn works at the Pensions Exchange, through which thousands of men have claimed benefits from wounds or debilitating distress. Embittered by her own loss, she looks for solace in her adored brother, who has not been the same since he returned from the front. . . . Ada is beset by visions of her son on every street, convinced he is still alive. Helpless, her loving husband has withdrawn from her. Then one day a young man appears at her door, seemingly with notions to peddle, like hundreds of out-of-work veterans. But when he utters the name of her son, Ada is jolted to the core.
The lives of these three women are braided together, their stories gathering tremendous power as the ties that bind them become clear, and the body of the unknown soldier moves closer and closer to its final resting place.

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