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The Spies of Shilling Lane: A Novel (vuoden 2019 painos)

– tekijä: Jennifer Ryan (Tekijä)

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Mrs. Braithwaite, self-appointed queen of her English village, finds herself dethroned, despised, and dismissed following her husband's selfish divorce petition. Never deterred, the threat of a family secret being revealed sets her hot-foot to London to find the only person she has left-her clever daughter Betty, who took work there at the first rumbles of war. But when she arrives, Betty's landlord, the timid Mr. Norris, informs her that Betty hasn't been home in days--with the chaos of the bombs, there's no telling what might have befallen her. Aghast, Mrs. Braithwaite sets her bullish determination to the task of finding her only daughter. Storming into the London Blitz, Mrs. Braithwaite drags the reluctant Mr. Norris along as an unwitting sidekick as they piece together Betty's unexpectedly chaotic life. As she is thrown into the midst of danger and death, Mrs. Braithwaite is forced to rethink her old-fashioned notions of status, class, and reputation, and to reconsider the question that's been puzzling her since her world overturned- How do you measure the success of your life? Readers will be charmed by the unforgettable Mrs. Braithwaite and her plucky, ruthless optimism, and find in The Spies of Shilling Lane a novel with surprising twists and turns, quiet humor, and a poignant examination of mothers and daughters and the secrets we keep. … (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:The Spies of Shilling Lane: A Novel
Kirjailijat:Jennifer Ryan (Tekijä)
Info:Crown (2019), 370 pages
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 10) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
I was disappointed in this one. I loved Kitchen Front and Chilbury Ladies Choir. The characters in this did not feel as real to me, a little cartoonish. I was glad to see the growth in the people and their relationships. I certainly kept my attention all the way through. I will continue to follow this author. I think she will probably just keep getting better. ( )
  njcur | Sep 9, 2021 |
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It was cute. A little silly. Totally unbelievable lol... but kept my interest. ( )
  nwieme | Mar 19, 2020 |
The Spies of Shilling Lane - Ryan
Audio performance by Jayne Entwistle
3 stars

I had a lukewarm response to the author’s first book, The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir. But, I liked it well enough to give her new book a try. The audiobook is performed by Jayne Entwistle of Flavia de Luce fame. I thought I might have trouble erasing Flavia from my mind, but in many ways this was an inspired choice. Mrs. Braithwaite, the middle-aged protagonist, storms outrageously into situations like a grownup Flavia. If the book had stayed comedic throughout I would have no complaints.

Newly divorced, Mrs. Braithwaite is deposed from her leadership position in the Ladies Auxiliary and shunned by the community. Fearing that additional spite will expose a family secret she heads to Blitz beleaguered London to find her daughter. This is where the story falls flat for me. Not finding her daughter, Mrs. Braithwaite pursues the mystery with a series of unbelievable events. Kidnappings (several), torture, spies and betrayals. The situations are too serious to be comedy and too unbelievable to be suspenseful. It reminded me a bit of Dorothy Gilman’s Mrs. Polifax, but again, without as much humor. I did enjoy Mrs. Braithwaite’s relationship with her daughter’s landlord. The ending was overly sweet but satisfying. Mrs. Braithwaite may become a more likable person with a dose of humility improving her character, but she’s less amusing and not as interesting. ( )
  msjudy | Feb 3, 2020 |
A woman leaves her English countryside home to go to London at the height of the WW2 Nazi Blitz to reconnect with her estranged adult daughter. Mrs. Braithwaite and her daughter have not been close since Betty left home to work in London. When she gets to Betty's London flat, Mrs. Braithwaite learns that Betty has disappeared amid the chaos of the nightly bombing attacks. Nobody knows where she is. It gets mysterious when nobody at the office where Betty supposedly works even knows her. Mrs. Braithwaite is determined to find Betty and undertakes an exciting and dangerous personal mission to locate her. With the help of Betty's landlord, Mr. Norris, she comes up against many barriers: shady black marketeers, "fifth column" Nazi sympathizers and the ever present danger of a Nazi bombing attack.
Their exploits in searching out Betty produce a story that blends mystery, espionage, action adventure and even romance against the background of England under siege by the Nazi bombardment. There's plenty of excitement as the story comes to a satisfying conclusion. The stage is set for a sequel.: ("Are you offering me a job as a spy?' asks Mrs. Braithwaite at the end of the book.)
Mrs. Braithwaite dominates the story more than any other character. She is transformed as a person in the book. Her measure of success in her life at the beginning is social standing, reputation and how the world sees her. It changes over the course of the story; at one point she thinks her success would be calculated by how much she enjoyed life and how much joy she had. Then, i
it's about family and kindness, finding her own truth, whether her actions were helpful or harmful. Ultimately she decides that love is the most crucial thing she has It's above reputation, above beauty, and above kind actions. The measure of her success is the amount she loves and is loved. The bossy and overbearing Mrs. Braithwaite at the beginning is gone by the end of the book.

This is entertaining and inspiring historical fiction. It has many of the characteristics of a cozy mystery and there is enough of edge to make it a thriller. This reader is looking forward to the next Mrs. Braithwaite adventure. ( )
  BrianEWilliams | Jan 12, 2020 |
Given my mixed feelings about The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir, I likely wouldn’t have bothered reading Ryan’s next book if I hadn’t checked the library’s website at the right time and seen the audiobook, available, under “new additions”. I’m so glad I did -- it was unexpectedly entertaining, a cosy mystery full of excitement, danger and character growth, set against the backdrop of the London Blitz.

Mrs Braithwaite, divorced and deposed from her position as head of the village Women’s Voluntary Service, travels to London to visit her daughter. However when she realises Betty is missing, Mrs Braithwaite drags her daughter’s mild-mannered landlord off on a quest to find her.

Mrs Braithwaite is a very forceful personality. I really liked that she is not only challenged to reevaluate some of her attitudes and to be more considerate of others, she also discovers that qualities like bossiness and tenacity can be great strengths. I’ve read plenty of books starring headstrong young women, but middle-aged women who are large, loud and assertive have so often been relegated to irritating or comedic minor characters -- rather than getting to be protagonists, capable of change whose flaws, strengths, motivations and experiences are written about with nuance and sympathy.

Mrs Braithwaite has things to learn, but others also learn to appreciate her. She and her daughter, in particular, develop a better understanding of each other.

I’d call this book humorous and optimistic rather than “lighthearted”. Characters are confronted with the realities of life during wartime and there are dramatic turns of events -- but bleak consequences are generally averted. This is less serious than many books set during WWII, but equally, much more serious than others. It’s a balance that I thought suited Mrs Braithwaite and her personal story. ( )
  Herenya | Dec 10, 2019 |
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Mrs. Braithwaite, self-appointed queen of her English village, finds herself dethroned, despised, and dismissed following her husband's selfish divorce petition. Never deterred, the threat of a family secret being revealed sets her hot-foot to London to find the only person she has left-her clever daughter Betty, who took work there at the first rumbles of war. But when she arrives, Betty's landlord, the timid Mr. Norris, informs her that Betty hasn't been home in days--with the chaos of the bombs, there's no telling what might have befallen her. Aghast, Mrs. Braithwaite sets her bullish determination to the task of finding her only daughter. Storming into the London Blitz, Mrs. Braithwaite drags the reluctant Mr. Norris along as an unwitting sidekick as they piece together Betty's unexpectedly chaotic life. As she is thrown into the midst of danger and death, Mrs. Braithwaite is forced to rethink her old-fashioned notions of status, class, and reputation, and to reconsider the question that's been puzzling her since her world overturned- How do you measure the success of your life? Readers will be charmed by the unforgettable Mrs. Braithwaite and her plucky, ruthless optimism, and find in The Spies of Shilling Lane a novel with surprising twists and turns, quiet humor, and a poignant examination of mothers and daughters and the secrets we keep.

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