The Song of Hartgrove Hall

The Song of Hartgrove Hall

Book - 2015
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"It's a terrible thing to covet your brother's girl New Year's Eve, Dorset, England, 1946. Candles flicker, a gramophone scratches out a tune as guests dance and sip champagne--for one night Hartgrove Hall relives better days. Harry Fox-Talbot and his brothers have returned from World War II determined to save their once grand home from ruin. But the arrival of beautiful Jewish wartime singer Edie Rose tangles the threads of love and duty, and leads to a devastating betrayal. Fifty years later, now a celebrated composer, Fox reels from the death of his adored wife, Edie. Until his connection with his four-year old grandson - a music prodigy - propels him back into life, and ultimately to confront his past"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York City : Plume, [2015]
ISBN: 9780147517593
Characteristics: 400 pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Song collector


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Jul 18, 2019

A story that is both sad and uplifting, The Song of Hartgrove Hall is a tale told in slow movements, perhaps even mirroring some of the music that is at the bedrock of the book. It starts off slow, and though you might be tempted to put it aside for something that grabs your attention more quickly, I urge you to stick with it. The story picks up, gains a faster pace, and you will be swept through the larger part of the book, only to finish it and ask how it came by so quickly.

The story alternates between the years after the Second World War and the early 2000s, looking at the lives of the Fox-Talbot family - beginning with The General and his three sons, Jack, George, and Harry (called Fox), and then looking at the family of Fox, namely that of his two daughters, and his grandson. You follow the drama of Fox falling in love with his brother Jack's wife, Edie, and the devastating betrayal that follows, and then fly ahead where we see Fox struggling to cope with life after his wife's death, and learning to live again when he begins to connect with his grandson, Robin.

Music. Family. Love. Forgiveness. You'll find it all in this book, and it's well worth the time.


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