Winspear–author of the bestselling Maisie Dobbs series–offers us something both a little new yet a bit familiar with this period stand-alone novel. Her ability to paint the world of WWI England is put to effective, poignant use in this story of two childhood friends at a crossroads—and how their subsequent lives are crafted by the Great War.
Thea and Kesia are friends whose relationship becomes strained when Kesia marries Thea’s brother Tom. Feminist Thea is critical of Kesia’s potentially prosaic life as the wife of a farmer. When Tom is called to serve in the war, Thea is also drawn to the battlefield and Kesia ends up responsible for running the farm.
As always, reviewers point to Winspear’s sense of plot, pace and her ability to create a story that is both suspenseful and moving.
“A winning stand-alone tale….While questioning war’s value and showing its terrible effects off the battlefield, Winspear fashions a stunning trajectory for her main characters.”
— Publishers Weekly
“In a stand-alone departure from her popular post-WWI mystery series featuring psychologist Maisie Dobbs, Winspear has created memorable characters in a moving, beautifully paced story of love and duty.”
“Without questioning either the cause of the war or the dubious tactics employed…these characters simply get on with it, reaffirming our faith in the possibility of everyday nobility….A sad, beautifully written, contemplative testament.”
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Winspear’s fans should welcome the keen period detail and thoughtful tone so familiar from the Maisie Dobbs books, while historical fiction readers will be gripped by this sensitive portrayal of ordinary men and women on the home front and battlefield.”
— Library Journal
The Care and Management of Lies (9780062220509) by Jacqueline Winspear. $26.99 hardcover. 7/1/14 on sale.