"I enjoyed it immensely.... This book depicts many survivors of the war readjusting to their homes and families, while others have more difficulty or are suffering the aftereffects of the war and of the Spanish influenza epidemic. As in the previous two books, many real historical characters are included. Some I am vastly familiar with and others I have enjoyed discovering. The ones that I always enjoy portrayed in fiction or just even mentioned are Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso, Sara and Gerald Murphy, and Ernest Hemingway. Of course, Hemingway even merits a conversation with Elizabeth Wyndham as she enjoys wine at Les Deux Magots in Paris. He asks Elizabeth about Muskoka, comparing it to his own lake area of Michigan, as well as conversing about one of the fictional characters meeting his friends Ezra Pound and James Joyce. Another one of my favorite authors included with a cameo in this book is L.M. Montgomery. I never would have thought I would read a book that included two of my favorite, yet completely and totally different authors, Hemingway and Montgomery. I also enjoyed learning about some various other Canadian figures, including the poet Wilson MacDonald, the painter A.Y Jackson of the Group of Seven, and physician and suffragette Dr. Emily Stowe. Of course, many more Canadian business and political figures are included or mentioned.... Can't wait to see what happens next." - M. Denise Costello
"If you liked Downtown Abbey, you would love this book.
Wills writes sweepingly about the Jazz Age. She has woven this historical trilogy into a tour de force. Her fascinating writing and incredible dialogue take us back to the roaring twenties. The rich aristocrats, Captains of Industry and Financial Titans of those wonderful Edwardian times mingle with working-class Muskoka, and it reads so well. The [characters] share heartache, passion, and post war tragedies.
Wills has done meticulous historical research and some of the chapters in her novel left me breathless. I was honoured to read something where the author has given so much loving attention to sumptuous detail.
Wills has become one of my very favourite writers, and I am looking forward to reading her other books on a sunny afternoon in marvellous Muskoka." - Maria Duncalf-Barber, Counsellor, Educator and Writer
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