The Novel in the Viola

The Novel in the Viola

Paperback - 2011
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In the spring of 1938 Elise Landau arrives at Tyneford, the great house on the bay. A bright young thing from Vienna forced to become a parlour-maid, she knows nothing about England, except that she won't like it. As servants polish silver and serve drinks on the lawn, Elise wears her mother's pearls beneath her uniform, and causes outrage by dancing with a boy called Kit. But war is coming and the world is changing. And Elise must change with it.

At Tyneford she learns that you can be more than one person.
And that you can love more than once.

Publisher: London : Sceptre, 2011
ISBN: 9780340995693
Branch Call Number: FIC SOL
Characteristics: 391 p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Solomons, Natasha


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Oct 29, 2011

A good read - some interesting characters, mostly below stairs. I never cottoned on to Elise - it didn't seem she ever really took her and her family's situation too seriously. But then it doesn't sound as if her sister did either.

Jul 26, 2011

Enjoyable historical romance beginning during WW2 portraying an interesting picture of a dying lifestyle of the landed gentry in England through the eyes of a cultured Jewish refugee working as a housemaid in Devon. A little better than the average shallow, historical romance.

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