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Love in a Time of War: The best new sweeping, escapist historical fiction book release of the year!: Book 1 (The Three Fry Sisters)

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My goodness, I really enjoyed this one – a wonderfully written and entirely all-consuming story of the lives of three sisters making their way into adulthood against a vividly drawn backdrop of a world in turmoil from the beginning of the First World War. I love the way in which Adrienne made me feel as though I was part of the story and at the heart of the action.

And Capri is where her mother Christina’s story began – it’s cleverly laced through the story of the sisters, along with the layers of secrets that explain her protectiveness of her daughters and her fervent wish (or maybe that should be vain hope…) that they will all follow a conventional path to marriage and motherhood. On the cusp of WWI, nineteen-year-old Celia Fry and her younger twin sisters, Etta and Jessie, are young women who have very clear ideas on how they want to live their lives. It contrasts to how their mother is trying to prevent her daughters from making the mistakes she did herself as we learn about her life before she married Gerald. I found this book very slow in the beginning and I wasn’t completely happy with the ending but the book is enjoyable to read.My mother’s family lost two young men — my great-uncles John and Alphonsus Edwards — in battles during WWI, and my own grandfather, Thomas Chinn, was gassed with mustard gas and suffered a shrapnel wound which would eventually kill him in 1949.

A bohemian, she falls in love with a struggling artist, Carlos, and tries to juggle their secrets alone after he’s drafted for the army. So there is some back and forth between when Christina was a young woman and present day where we find the sisters approximately the same age. Years go by, she hasn’t heard from Max, meanwhile Frank Jeffries continues to pursue Celie and he hope’s she will change her mind about the German? Etta has always been the arty type, les restricted by formality and more prone to follow the path less travelled.

Her third novel, Love in a Time of War, the first in a series of four books in The Three Fry Sisters series, was published in 2022. When he goes off to war, promising to come back for her, she busies herself in her father’s photography studio and fights off the pursuits of Frank Jeffries. I was gifted this advance copy by Adrienne Chinn, HarperCollins UK, One More Chapter, and NetGalley and was under no obligation to provide a review.

Jessie enlists in the army as a nurse and finally finds the adventure she’s craved when she’s sent to Gallipoli and Egypt, but it comes with an unimaginable cost. There’s some foreshadowing regarding a problem with Frank that I believe the author will develop later in the series. When not up a ladder or at the computer writing, she often can be found rummaging through flea markets or haggling in the Marrakech souk. Intertwined is the story of their mother, the cool and co trolled woman that they know is nothing like the you g woman she once was. Etta and Carlos are living together in Naples, and Carlos joins the second army thirteenth infantry division and a pregnant Etta goes to stay with her mother’s cousin Stefania in Capri.The three sisters choose completely contrasting paths in life and their stories are followed as war is declared and the family separates. Jessie, a twin, enlists with the Queen Alexandra Imperial Military Nursing Service and is deployed to Gallipoli where she works on a hospital ship and then to Egypt where she works in a hospital in Alexandria. He was so clear in his teaching of the fundamentals of novel writing, and I really saw an improvement in my fiction writing. On advice of a writing friend I’d met on Richard Skinner’s course, who had gone on to have several psychological thrillers published by Avon, I submitted my novel to Avon directly rather than try to find an agent. Her third novel, Love in a Time of War, the first in a series of four books centred around three English sisters, was published internationally by One More Chapter and Harper Collins in February 2022, with the second book in the series, The Paris Sister, following in February 2023.

I began scrolling and reading — they apologised for the delay getting back … they received so many submissions … but, they’d all read the book and loved it and wanted to offer me a 2-book deal!Love in a Time of War’ by Adrienne Chinn is the story of three sisters during wartime, how the inconveniences of war can shatter dreams and promises, disguise lies, hide secrets and offer opportunities previously unimagined. Adrienne does a fabulous job of portraying, through these three very different sisters, the spirit of all women who went on to forge new lives for themselves during and after this time of war.

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