- Title: The Wind Off the Sea
- Author: Charlotte Bingham
- ISBN: 9780553813982
- Page: 259
- Format: Mass Market Paperback
It is 1947, the worst winter in England since records began, and even the sea is frozen For the women living in the little fishing port of Bexham, the chronic lack of everything from fuel to food has left them reeling.When Waldo Astley drives through thick Sussex snow into the village in his large American Buick, it is to find Bexham filled not just with grumbling residenIt is 1947, the worst winter in England since records began, and even the sea is frozen For the women living in the little fishing port of Bexham, the chronic lack of everything from fuel to food has left them reeling.When Waldo Astley drives through thick Sussex snow into the village in his large American Buick, it is to find Bexham filled not just with grumbling residents, but frustrated wives and mothers forced back behind their stoves after the joy of the victory for which they fought so hard on the home front Government directives have ensured that the returning men resumed the jobs their women managed so brilliantly through the gruelling years of war.But Waldo is no ordinary character, and while he has come to Bexham on a personal mission, his effect on all the residents is as warming as the electricity of which there is still such a shortage For Judy, whose marriage to Walter has been badly affected by long years of separation for Rusty, whose miscarriage has been mind shattering for Mathilda, whose single motherhood has put her eligibility in jeopardy, and for Meggie, still not recovered from her alter ego as a secret agent No matter what the age or circumstances of the person, Waldo Astley is not just a breath of fresh air but the wind off the sea.
Recent Comments "The Wind Off the Sea"
An interesting enough read, but the author tries to make a mystery of the main character which only leads to frustration on my part, because she keeps hinting at various aspects of his character that lead you in the wrong direction. A fair enough family type sage, but I will not hurry to find the next chapter.
This story about the role of females in Britain post WWII was peppered with clichés and had a 4 page detailed passage on the moves in a game of bridge! Apparently after the War, women were expected to stay at home, pander to their husband's every whim (as the men were the returning heroes), sew and daub a little paint onto canvas from time to time. Apart from this, every character in the story spent their spare time drinking G & T's, smoking like chimneys and gossiping. The characters were [...]
Good insight on how life was just after WW2 - Britain won the war but life doesn't feel like itting how women had to adjust back to their pre-war life pretty much behind the stove but had completely different lifes during the war - doing real men’s work and pretty much running the day to day life in Britain.
This was a great sequel. More great insights into the devastating effects of a war on home soil. Things I had never even thought of.
Even one star is generous but the editing didn't help at all. Poorly written although a basically enjoyable story.
2.5 stars almost a 3 until what was the writer thinking! I did not count the pages but there were a few pages of the most boring writing when she decided to spend way too long describing a bridge game ! C'mon a bridge game Of all things seriously who gives a f--- . I flipped those pages without ever glancing at them and I never do that. And the tone of the writing seemed to change for me after that couldn't get back into it as i was distracted by the thoughts of someone seriously writing pages [...]
Re-read "The Chestnut Tree" right before this to refresh the storylines in my memory. I had rated "The Chestnut Tree" 3 stars, but it is more a 3 1/2. "The Wind Off the Sea is more a straight 3. The ending was so unexpected, despite the many hints. I am now hoping to finish the trilogy soon. I will certainly miss these characters.
I didn't actually finish the book - got about 2/3 of the way through and finally gave up. The central premise just didn't work for me and the characters I found so engaging in the first book in the series were just annoying me. I really didn't care what happened to them.
I was disappointed in this story, first I was not aware it was a sequel, so I think something was missing from the start. The plot didn't reach any great heights, and it took 500 pages until something actually grabbed me. It just sort of meandered along until then. Not high on my re-read list.
I recently read this superb book in my new home in Thailand. It reminded me of my postwar childhood in England. Homesick? Well, okay, now and again.
A delightful story with such a sad ending
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