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So we're told the nature of the ghost in the pub next to the coffee room he goes to once, despite none of this having any bearing on things. The novel asks the great questions of life, and it affirms the healing power of nature and art–and love. During WWII in England, Freda became an evacuee and billets in Lincolnshire where bombs may potentially fall. S. debut, was loosely inspired by Paul Gallico's classsic wartime novella The Snow Goose , and will be followed by Girl in White , historical fiction about the artist Paula Modersohn-Becker. She is billeted with a family, only interested in the money the government is paying for her to stay with them.

Does an excellent job of conjuring the consolations that can be found from withdrawing into nature, where the changing of the seasons and the routines of the wildlife offer their own companionship… Hubbard’s Lincolnshire Fens are imagined in all their bleakness and beauty. Sue Hubbard is revered by her peers and her talent has been compared to that of Colm Toibin, William Trevor and Anne Enright.A beautiful book about how connections and kindness, no matter how brief, can make a difference in someone's life. It it turned out the whole book was like that -- Hubbard seemed to understand everything about England at that time and the way she wrote about attitudes, material possessions, class distinctions, native animals, scenery, etc.

Based loosely on The Snow Goose by Gallic and set around Peter Scott’s lighthouse in Lincolnshire, it tells the story of an unlikely friendship between Freda and Philip, during WW2. Beautifully-written, and highly evocative of the remote Lincolnshire landscape, the Second World War and the two people whose loneliness brings them together for a life-changing time… Altogether a fine period novel, full of quiet drama and sorrow at loss, cruelty and mortality.I've read that Sue Hubbard-a poet, novelist, and art critic- is revered by top critics and authors in the UK and has been likened to Colm Toibin, Anne Enright, and William Trevor. I don't know if the somnambulant style was supposed to mimic the waterscape of this part of the world, but it seemed to work, and I really felt the halfway mark a reasonable place to leave this. I think this would be an excellent book club choice as well and makes for a great summer read for so many readers when it goes on sale in the US in mid June. Mrs Woolf, wife of the manager, is a very celebrated author and, in her own way, more important than Galsworthy.

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