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Title:
All the days of their lives
Author:
McInnes, Betty (Elizabeth Anne), 1928-
Publication Information:
Sutton : Severn House, 2002.
Physical Description:
316 pages ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780727858580
Format :
Book

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The lives and fortunes of two twentieth-century Scottish families are inextricably entwined in this enthralling historical novel. Hannah and Kirsty are both born on New Year's Day, 1900, but Kirsty's mother dies in childbirth and the girl grows up with Hannah and her older brother, Jamie. When Jamie goes off to war, Kirsty promises to wait for him, but he returns already married to the German girl who nursed him back to life in a prison camp. Shattered, Kirsty marries a much older man, whom she comes to love, but the past continues to intrude as Jamie's son and Kirsty's daughter make plans to marry, Hannah saves Kirsty's son after the Japanese attack their ship in Singapore Bay, and financial ruin threatens Kirsty while Jamie's affairs prosper. The secondary characters are more likable than the self-centered protagonists, and coincidence plays too large a role in certain aspects of the story, but McInnes poignantly details the emotional, physical, and material devastation caused by both world wars, making for a compelling read. --Lynne Welch