The Care and Management of Lies

A Novel of the Great War

Winspear, Jacqueline

(Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Care and Management of Lies
"By July 1914, the ties between Kezia Marchant and Thea Brissenden, friends since girlhood, have become strained--by Thea's passionate embrace of women's suffrage, and by the imminent marriage of Kezia to Thea's brother, Tom, who runs the family farm. When Kezia and Tom wed just a month before war is declared between Britain and Germany, Thea's gift to Kezia is a book on household management--a veiled criticism of the bride's prosaic life to come. Yet when Tom enlists to fight for his country and Thea is drawn reluctantly onto the battlefield, the farm becomes Kezia's responsibility. Each must find a way to endure the ensuing cataclysm and turmoil. As Tom marches to the front lines, and Kezia battles to keep her ordered life from unraveling, they hide their despair in letters and cards filled with stories woven to bring comfort. Even Tom's fellow soldiers in the trenches enter and find solace in the dream world of Kezia's mouth-watering, albeit imaginary meals. But will well-intended lies and self-deception be of use when they come face to face with the enemy?" -- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2014
ISBN: 9780062220509
Characteristics: 352 p. ; cm


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The latest book by the author of the Maisie Dobbs mystery series is a standalone novel set in the U.S. during WW I.

Sep 18, 2014
  • DorisWaggoner rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Loving Maisie Dobbs, I had to switch gears on this one. But I was glad I was able to, and I think Maisie would understand exactly what Winspear was writing about. Three honorable people, Tom, his sister Thea, her best friend Kezia, who marries Tom at the beginning of the book, get caught up in the various lies that are inevitable in war. None of them mean to, but the consequences are grave for them all. I think the villain is a bit overdone, though I understand why, maybe. While this is a great stand-alone book, there is enough hope at the end of it that I'd like to see what Winspear might make of a sequel.

Sep 14, 2014
  • genepy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A sad and beautiful story with lots of charming characters and a very hateful villain ... Kezia , the leading heroine is a resourceful, brilliant and dedicated young wife one easily falls for.
Mrs Winspear's detailed , refreshing and powerful prose is very enjoyable .

Aug 30, 2014
  • Roundcat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a novel set at the beginning of World War I, with a well-researched background of the farming communities and social climate as England joins the fighting. It is a study of human strength of character under stress. Kezia and Tom, as a newly married couple, and Tom's sister, Thea, are the focus. He finds that the enemy on the battlefield is not necessarily the one in the opposite trenches. Thea, joins the ambulance corps at the invitation of a friend, when her pacifist views make her arrest seem imminent. Both brother and sister grow stronger as they face the hardships of the battlefield. Kezia, left at home to run the farm, at which she has no experience, encourages Tom and through him, his crew mates, by writing letters about meals she cooks in her imagination, while the reality is that she's doing much of the farm work and too tired at the end of the day to cook the meals she writes about. The farm life and the development of even the minor characters touched me very deeply. I may even buy a copy and return to it from time to time, just to live within its pages.

Aug 23, 2014
  • sandraperkins rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I love the Maisie Dobbs books, but this stand alone novel was disappointing. Plot was minimal, and all of the characters hid from each other what they were really feeling. It was depressing. I am sorry I spent time reading this book.

"In this poignant novel of love and friendship tested by separation and war, Kezia struggles to keep her ordered life from unravelling after her husband enlists to fight for his country, while Thea, her best friend, sister-in-law and suffragette, is drawn reluctantly to the battlefield." Fiction A to Z August 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/a4f4d377-8dd6-440e-bb35-99f389939f47?postId=03c1c147-b517-499d-b132-6db115231ff1

Jul 28, 2014
  • lightbulbgirl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I thoroughly enjoyed all the Maisie Dobbs books. This book is quite a departure in style from those books but after a slow start I got into it. It is a social commentary on the futility of war, man's inhumanity to man, religion's role in matters, and people's ability to remain positive despite terrible circumstances. The main characters are good likeable people who are drawn into the vortex of war against their will. It is a serious commentary but still a good read.

Jul 21, 2014
  • aisha65 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I really loved her Maisie series. Not so much on this one


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