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The White Dove

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Description

From the bestselling author of The Kashmir Shawl. Available on ebook for the first time.

Born into an aristocratic family, beautiful Amy Lovell leads a whirlwind life of extravagant parties and debutante balls.

But Amy, curious about the world beyond the narrow confines of her class, is ill-suited to a life of indulgence. Eagerly embracing a nursing career, she is drawn into the radical politics of the day.

As the spectre of war looms, Amy's bittersweet love for the proud miner Nick Penry – a love which defies the differences between them – leads them to the conflict in Spain, where love and pain become inseparable agonies.

Reviews

‘Beautifully constructed and written . . . A treat’ Marie Claire

‘Love, seduction, magic and illusion collide as Rosie Thomas takes us on a spellbinding journey through an extremely shadowy world’ Daily Express

Praise for The Kashmir Shawl:

‘A superbly researched and vivid evocation of wartime Kashmir and Ladakh’ Daily Mail

‘A spellbinding tale. Beautifully written, honest and compassionate…a delight from start to finish’
Daily Express

‘An epic tale…A complicated entanglement of family secrets, love during wartime and dangerous liaisons. For fans of Maggie O’Farrell’
Red

‘A superbly written novel, marvellously descriptive and especially evocative of the war years . . . a gorgeous treat’ Choice

‘Thomas’ portrayal of a young wife struggling to cope with life in wartime Kashmir, her husband’s indifference to her and her attraction to a charismatic mountaineer is beautifully written, touching and believable’ The Daily Express

About the author

Rosie Thomas is the author of a number of celebrated novels, including the bestsellers Sun at Midnight, Iris and Ruby and Constance. Once she was established as a writer and her children were grown, she discovered a love of travelling and mountaineering. She has climbed in the Alps and the Himalayas, competed in the Peking to Paris car rally, spent time on a tiny Bulgarian research station in Antarctica and travelled the silk road through Asia. She lives in London.

From Publishers Weekly

01 June 1986 – In the calm between two world wars, Amy Lovell searches for a pathway out of the gracious drawing rooms of the English upper class. She needs more purpose to her life than the glittering social whirl her soigne mother enjoys, and the seamier, but no less costly pastimes of her amusing brother, Richard. Above all, Amy has no wish to share the fate of her sister, Isabelle, married to a Conservative politician whose abuse drives his gentle wife mad. On a lark, Amy attends a meeting of communist sympathizers, through whom she meets Nick Penry, a grim-faced union organizer from a Welsh mining town. With his anger as her goad, she decides to train as a nurse at the Royal Lambeth Hospital, an institution full of starch, but lacking in heart. The ties that bind Nick to his wife and child are nearly dissolved by his love affair with Amy, but even she can't separate him from politics, and Nick enlists to fight against the Fascists in the Spanish Civil War. From her vantage point nursing the wounded, Amy shares his horror over a conflict that will irrevocably change them both. Thoroughly engaging characters distinguish this warm, vivid portrait of an era by the author of Sunrise. 50,000 first printing; first serial to Cosmopolitan; Literary Guild Dual main selection.
The White Dove
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  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: 20 February 2014
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 794 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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