Goodbye Piccadilly by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

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I was very narked when the Morland Dynasty series was discontinued, and accordingly I was very pleased when I found out that Cynthia Harrod-Eagles had begun a new series, the “War At Home” trilogy. This book is very much the first one in a series – virtually nothing’s been resolved by the end of it – but, fair enough, it doesn’t pretend to be a stand-alone book.

It deals with the lives of a well-to-do upper-middle-class family and their servants, living in a village north of London, at the outbreak of the First World War. We get a nice variety of characters, most of them well-portrayed even if a few of them (notably the man-mad maid, the stuffy old earl and the socially inept viscount) seem a bit like caricatures of themselves, and a variety of different storylines.

It’s a pleasant read, and I shall be looking for the next one in the series as soon as it comes out … but it’s just so lightweight compared to Cynthia Harrod-Eagles’ best books, I, Victoria and the truly wonderful Kirov trilogy! This is a decent enough book, but a lot of authors can write a book like this and Cynthia Harrod-Eagles can do so very much better …

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