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30 Authors in 30 Days: Stephanie Carroll on The Care and Management of Lies by Jacqueline Winspear

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30 Authors in 30 Days is a first of its kind event aimed at connecting readers, bloggers, and authors. Hosted by The Book Wheel, this month-long event takes place during September and features 30 authors discussing their favorite recent reads on 30 different blogs. There are also some great prizes provided by GoneReading.com and BookJigs. For the full schedule of participating authors and bloggers, visit The Book Wheel or join the Facebook group . You can also follow along on Twitter with the #30Authors hashtag. I’m lucky enough to be sharing Stephanie Carroll’s thoughts on The Care and Management of Lies by Jacqueline Winspear.

S Carroll     Winspear

I found The Care and Management of Lies by Jacqueline Winspear while searching for turn of the century historical fiction. It was the title that first drew me in, as it sounds devious, but when I learned the story follows the perspective of a military wife and of a military husband separated by war, well that clenched it.

Published to coincide with the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of World War I, The Care and Management of Lies takes the reader through different facets of WWI history using several perspectives. Through lyrical prose, Winspear reveals the British home front in both the city and the country. She takes us to the battlefield, to the suffragist and pacifist movements, and even to the women’s wartime efforts. As a historical fiction reader and novelist, I was impressed and thrilled with this detailed excursion into the past.

The premise reminds me of Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier, and I think readers of that book would enjoy this because of the similarities with the lovers separated by war and the woman having to become self-sufficient on the farm. Although this story unfolds much differently and also employs the perspectives of the wealthy, jealous officer and the feminist, anti-war friend.

Plus, the writing is dazzling. The prose were actually what hooked me in the first chapter, specifically this line: “Kezia lay back on the narrow bed in her room, watching fronds of lilac blossom scratch against the window, framed in dawn light.”

Author Jacqueline Winspear is known for her New York Times bestselling Maisie Dobbs mystery series. This book, however, is not a mystery but a subtle and literary tale. It’s the characters and their circumstances that keep you reading, the suggestion of what may happen as events unfold, and the beauty of the struggle.

You can find Jacqueline Winspear on Facebook.

About Stephanie Carroll

Stephanie Carroll is the author of A White Room, a novel of madness and secrets set at the turn of the century and inspired by Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper.” Stephanie is also the founder of Unhinged and Empowered a blog for Navy Wives and Navy Girlfriends. Find her @CarrollBooks on Facebook and Twitter or at www.stephaniecarroll.net.

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