Fallen Skies, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Terrific novel set in the Roaring Twenties, reissued to accompany Philippa Gregory's new bestselling novel, The Other Boleyn Girl Lily Valance wants to forget the war.

She's determined to enjoy the world of the 1920s, with its music, singing, laughter and pleasure.

When she meets Captain Stephen Winters, a decorated hero back from the Front, she's drawn to his wealth and status.

In Lily he sees his salvation - from the past, from the nightmare, from the guilt at surviving the Flanders plains where so many were lost.

But it's a dream that cannot last. Lily has no intention of leaving her singing career.

The hidden tensions of the respectable facade of the Winters household come to a head.

Stephen's nightmares merge ever closer with reality and the truth of what took place in the mud and darkness brings him and all who loves him to a terrible reckoning...




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Engrossing, fast-paced read. Starts very light, suggesting a perfect romance between a young, naive rising music hall star, and an older, distinguished gentleman returned from the First World War; however, the developments are much darker and dramatic than a simple love story. I was drawn in by Philippa Gregory's natural characters, bar one very disturbed central figure, and her subtle pacing of the story. The chapters build in suspense, yet do not skip on detail or introspection, and I found myself cheering Lily, and feeling defensive of secondary characters such as Rory Winters and Coventry, where I may have struggled with contrived situations and cliched behaviour in lesser novels. I've read other reviews that slam 'Fallen Skies' as too dark, but I think the disturbing background is what prevents this novel from becoming just another light, trite fantasy set in the past. An absolute masterpiece; I shall be reading more of Philippa Gregory's stories after this!

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Gregory has managed to create characters who are truly unsympathetic, including one of the most insipid teen-aged female protagonists I've ever encountered in literature. The point of of narrative seems to be: men, especially war-damaged men, are attracted to women (girls really) far beneath themselves in status, intelligence, wealth and experience.True perhaps, but do we really want to read about what passes for introspection from such stereotyped characters?

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