I am glad I read it. I have read most of Todd's Inspector Rutledge series and have enjoyed listening to the story lines featuring the conflicted inspector. So when the new series began featuring Army nurse Bess Crawford, I was happy to try out this new point of view. I love the stories and am becoming "attached" to these new characters.
My only reservation is Landor's reading. All of the men sound the same, and it can sometimes get very confusing for me as a listener. The only man I can sometimes differentiate is Simon, who seems to get a little softer treatment from Landor.
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Other than that difficulty, I highly recommend this new World War I series from the mother-and-son writing team that is Charles Todd. Any additional comments? I found the plot too far fetched at times - example: A group of people searching for a child in a country filled with orphans, all of whom immediately recognize her from a portrait of her aunt Unlike two of the other reviewers I didn't find Bess to be a strong woman. The novel begins with Bess on leave from war and preparing for a trip to see her family.
A stranger appears at her door and Bess, due to one request after another, spends all of her leave with the stranger's family - and NOT because she's enjoying herself. Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend?
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If so, why? Indeed yes, I'd recommend it as a good read with a plot that surprises and at the same time has wonderful descriptions of landscapes and people. What did you like best about this story? The psychology of loss: loss of sister, loss of husband's love, loss of wife's trust, loss of parents, loss of life, loss of identity. The effects of war on the men who fought it and the women who loved them. She does all the voices very well. Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you? I was struck and moved by the honesty of one of the characters who tells his story even though it brings shame upon him and the possibility of great loss.
I have really enjoyed the Ian Rutledge series by Todd and so tried this.
I realize I didn't start with the first in the series, and perhaps that diminished my enjoyment of Bess Crawford. The story starts well, but I never really felt attached to Bess or her personal story. The plot here begins in an intriguing way but peters out to a very so-so conclusion. Most of the characters and settings never come to life. Winspear is better at characterization and atmosphere. What did you like best about A Bitter Truth? What did you like least? This is an easy introduction to the time.
I did not enjoy the Bess Crawford character so much. This being 3 in the series may have affected my reaction. I can't imagine not going to visit one's own family on a few precious days leave from the war! So from the first scene on I was suspicious of Bess's character. It is a mystery after all. Landor has a full range of voices. She also narrates another of my favorite romantic historical mysteries, "The Winter Sea".
She has that sort of voice. Do you think A Bitter Truth needs a follow-up book? Why or why not? I may try another Bess Crawford book but borrow it from the public library. Whereas, Inspector Rutledge series I will definitely add to my library. The first Rutledge book I listened to was from the public library, "A Matter of Justice" 11, very good. I seem to enjoy the darker themes of Rutledge stories. Would you listen to A Bitter Truth again? I don't often re-read mysteries, but if ever I would, anything written by Charles Todd mother-son writing team would be it!
I've read the first two in the series, so reading this one is a given. I'm glad you think the series is improving, as I've not been as satisfied with the Bess Crawford series as I have with the Ian Rutledge series. Hmm, looks like you need to invest in this series before it starts to become good.
But seems worth the investment- such a great premise for a series! We've added your link to the reviews page at War through the generations and snippet will appear on the main blog on July I'm working my way through all of the Charles Todd books, both series. I've loved all of them. To me they are just good, entertaining stories. Although I do love Ian Rutledge a bit more. When she does, he refuses to tell her anything that will help the Ashtons. Realizing that he believes the tissue of lies that has nearly destroyed a family, Bess must convince him to tell her what really happened that terrible Sunday morning.
But now someone else is also searching for this man. To end the vicious persecution of the Ashtons, Bess must risk her own life to protect her reluctant witness from a clever killer intent on preventing either of them from ever reaching England. James and Ruth Rendell, Charles Todd writes novels that transcend genre. Account Options Sign in.
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