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The Children's Hour

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Lett von den Geheimnissen der Kindheit und den Tragödien des Lebens und entführt ihre Leser mitten in den Kontinent des Herzens This book was OK The story is uite interesting but it was spoilt by the


10 thoughts on “The Children's Hour

  1. says:

    Charming story about dealing with love loss and family Sort of Rosamund Pilcher light Brave use of present tense for the flashback scenes of wartime England but it works Believable characters nice character development arcs satisfying resolutions without being overly saccharine I would definitely read by this author I find this type of story to be good summer reading


  2. says:

    35I picked up this book because it sounded like it was about an idyllic childhood It was It takes place in England in the 1930s and there are five children in a big old house near the sea Their mother enchants all of them when she reads to them It was a lovely picture so far removed from our world at the momentIt was enchanting but the tale became so much Two of the children are now elderly ladies still living in the same house They feel threatened when their older sister who is in the early stages of dementia comes to stay They fear she may reveal their secretsAnd there are a lot of secrets which are eventually revealed and the sisters won me overEven an idyllic childhood in an idyllic setting is not free from outside forcesI think every family should have an enchanting children's hour


  3. says:

    Old folk reminiscingMarcia Willet started writing at the age of fifty and has since written 20 novels It is not surprising then that this book was peopled with old folk all churning up distant memories I listened to the Audible version read by June Barry who is also getting on in years and by the end I could feel my hair greying Admittedly there are some young folk in the narrative and flashbacks to when those whose memories we shared were young but overall it was if I'd walked into a nursing home The language was also 'of an age' people spoke on telephones rather than 'phones for example And I struggled with the lengthy descriptions and unnecessary naming of cultivated garden flowersThere was a cast of thousands and I had to draw up a family tree in the early stages of the book as it is impossible to refer back when listening to an audiobook The oldest generation were the children of the title five girls and one boy who passed much of their childhood in a large house in Ottocombe with their mother an avid reader of stories As they grew and matured there were various love stories and tragedies misunderstandings and secrets Much is made of these secrets which are gradually revealed over the course of the book The next generation grows all cousins and spouses with problems to overcome and that's about it It helped pass the time as I sewed into the night on my daughter's wedding dress but I shan't be in a hurry to purchase further books by this author


  4. says:

    I did not like this book here or thereI did not like this book anywhereSo many secrets So many things that circled back but it felt forcedIt felt fake and sugar coated and frankly it just bored meI picked it up and read because I confused it with another book of the almost same name And ugh I did not like this one bit Sorry Willett I'm sure you are a lovely person and we can have tea together but your book was just not for me


  5. says:

    Before I begin I should point out that I have read the 2007 German paperback edition of Willett's 'The Children's Hour' titled 'Das Spiel der Wellen' The book turned up in my kitchen after it was cleared out by one of my neighbours He left it with me since I am the only German speaker in the neighbourhoodI was not overly keen to start reading The Children's Hour and so the book lingered together with the other titles he dropped off that day on my kitchen shelf I picked it up six months ago finished other books in between and eventually completed it last Thursday The time it's taken me to get through this novel 333 pages suggests that this was a less than gripping readThe story takes place in the British countryside in the late 1990s early 2000s but covers a period of roughly 65 years from the late 1930s onwards At the centre of the novel are sisters Mina and Nest who share the family home in Ottercombe A visit by their older sister Georgia who suffers from dementia not only prompts Mina and Nest to reminisce about the past but also to confront deeply buried family secrets and to deal with a host of issues affecting them and their niece LyddieConsidering the overall length of the book the vast number of characters and the time span covered Willett attempts to cram an awful lot into a rather tight space The characters and issues she explores dementia disability infidelity and adoption remain by and large on the surface As a result of the constant flashbacks the story lacks an overarching plot line which would have provided Willett's narrative with a sense of direction The incorporation of surprising twists and turns right at the end felt like other parts of the book contrived rushed and engineeredWillett is often compared to author Rosamunde Pilcher Never having read anything by Pilcher The Children's Hour nevertheless reminded me of the ubiuotous Pilcher TV adaptations on German TV Set against the backdrop of picturesue English countryside and populated with bland characters Willett's book appears to be as formulaic as the Pilcher adaptations My copy will be handed in at the nearest charity shop One to be missed


  6. says:

    For the first couple of chapters or so I didn't think I was going to like this book the main characters were introduced in a rather higgledy piggledy manner I was struggling to work out who were the peripheral characters I wrongly categorised one as such who were the main characters how they fitted in with one anotherBUT I soon found myself being drawn in to a thoroughly absorbing tale with likeable but not too nice well drawn charactersI was sorry when I came to the end of the book will definitely be watching out for by Marcia Willett


  7. says:

    This book was OK The story is uite interesting but it was spoilt by the painfully slow build up The author was obviously trying slowly to develop the characters but it began to become annoying with the constant references and descriptions of dogs going for walks and cups of tea I liked the switching between the past and present and I was keen to know what all the 'secrets' were It was almost like a grown up version of an Enid Blyton book


  8. says:

    I almost decided that I wasn’t going to finish this book but since I was almost half way into it I decided to finish it An amazing thing happened as I got deeper into it I grew attached to each of the characters and their lives I love that there were dogs in it and that they were mentioned uite often I also love the English setting as I lived in England for 10 years When it ended I was sad to lose touch with the characters


  9. says:

    I actually didn't finish this book found it very dull and slow I was halfway through and nothing had happened I tried reading a few chapters from the end but still no spark It is a family story about present and past beautiful old house lovely gardens and walks on the beach and dogs with funny names Some will love this book I know just not for me


  10. says:

    Not a particularly challenging book but an easy read


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