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Peace Lily [PDF / Epub] ☉ Peace Lily Author Alex Martin – Thomashillier.co.uk After the appalling losses suffered during World War One three of its survivors long for peace unaware that its aftermath will bring different but still daunting challenges Katy trained as a mechanic After the appalling losses suffered during World War One three of its survivors long for peace unaware that its aftermath will bring different but still daunting challenges Katy trained as a mechanic during the war and cannot bear to return to the life of drudgery she left behind A trip to America provides the dream ticket she has always craved and an opportunity to escape the strait jacket of her working class roots She jumps at the chance little realising that it will change her life forever but not in the way she’d hoped Jem lost not only an arm in the war but also his livelihood and with it his self esteem How can he keep restless Katy at home and provide for his wife He puts his life at risk a second time attempting to secure their future and prove his love for her Cassandra has fallen deeply in love with Douglas Flintock an American officer she met while driving ambulances at the Front How can she persuade this modern American to adapt to her English country way of life and all the duties that come with inheriting Cheadle Manor When Douglas returns to Boston unsure of his feelings Cassandra crosses the ocean determined to lure him back As they each try to carve out new lives their struggles impact on each other in unforeseen ways.

  • Kindle Edition
  • 302 pages
  • Peace Lily
  • Alex Martin
  • English
  • 13 April 2016

About the Author: Alex Martin

I came late to writing No that's wrong I came late to publishing my writing And what a thrilling ride it's proving to be I'm never happier than when bashing both brain and keyboard in my Plotting Shed at the end of my garden On gloriously creative days I can look up and find hours have passed I'm amazed the scenery is unchanged fixed when I've been absorbed in heart stopping drama or tra.



10 thoughts on “Peace Lily

  1. Margitte Margitte says:

    The aftermath of World War I is evident everywhere the heartbreak is still fresh when the two young women return to Cheadle Manor Cassandra Smythe returns as the sole heir after her brother Charles lost his life in the war She has to take over the role of executive manager of the estate from her grieving and ageing father but her mother is not ready to accept the new role of women in society Kathy Phipps returns to her husband Jem and her family who all work for Lord Robert and Lady Amelia on their vast estate The camaraderie of the war is soon forgotten when the old order returns between working class and gentryA new reality awaits them in which life throws them several new curve balls Jem lost an arm in the war and is no longer able to continue his work as a gardener Like all the disabled veterans he is dumped on the trash heaps of history and must fend for himself Kathy who was trained as a mechanic in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps is no longer wanted in the army The jobless couple must face an uncertain future while life at the manor with class conscious Lady Amelia in the lead slowly picks up speed againJemBoth sets of parents Bert and Agnes; George and Mary they still had to scratch about to put enough food on the table for their families The manor was unchanged Sir Robert and Lady Amelia were still lording it over the rest of them What right had they to live in that fucking great mansion when he and Katy and God knows she'd worked as hard as any man during that Godforsaken war were bunked up with the Beagles in the tiny lodge house that guarded their posh locked gate?Lady Amelia's bitterness over her only son's death leads to the dismantling of relationships even Cassandra's American fiance Douglas Flintock leaves for Boston in a fury It would lead to new paths for both girls when they sail over the Atlantic to rescue love but run into trouble in the country for the brave and the free where class differences are defined differently but just as cruelThe young people have to battle and adjust to an environment where the part of the population who did not participate in the war do not understand the trauma and its aftermath for those who are trying to overcome their memories and nightmares of the battle front The peace lilies deceptively grace the halls and homes There is a cruel irony in their beautyThis is a light read in comparison with the outstanding first book 'Daffodils' The spirit of hope is the the main ingredient in the story Family relationships love and social prejudice throws obstacles on the road to recovery for the four young people Kathy and Jem Cassandra and Douglas Loyalty between husband and wife between friends between family determine the outcome of Kathy's difficult journey She is the main character who has to overcome the one obstacle after the other to survive the past and future She becomes the victim of circumstances and must find her way back to self respect and hope Like an old fashioned corset she could hardly breath or move easily without feeling crushedCassandra's hardship will be on a different level where money is no object job security is not an issue and prejudice is not a threat In the end their friendship will be tested in ways they have never seen comingA very good and very relaxing read

  2. Nancy Knox Nancy Knox says:

    Great seuelGreat seuel but can also be a great stand alone read The story starts off where DAFFODILS ended and I enjoyed it just as much The story is captivating and moves uickly I'm looking forward to ordering the next book to see how this story continues

  3. Mary Byrnes Mary Byrnes says:

    Great storyI read this book in one day I had to keep going to find out what was going to happen next I am truly invested in the lives of these fantastic characters and their story I can't wait to read the next book but I also don't want to get to the end of their story

  4. Sydney Trimble Sydney Trimble says:

    Fantastic I was constantly at the edge of my seat I love Alex Martin's writing

  5. Patricia Morse Patricia Morse says:

    Good series

  6. Setchfield Setchfield says:

    Excellent everyone should read this

  7. Mrs Regina Carr-Quinn Mrs Regina Carr-Quinn says:

    Another fantastic storyCan't wait to read the next two books which I have bought Poor Katy is always walking into things that she doesn't deserve Loved this one as well

  8. ROCKY ROCKY says:

    Can't wait for the next book

  9. Pamela Beckford Pamela Beckford says:

    Even though this was the second book in a series it can certainly be read as a standalone book Katy Phipps and Cass Smythe come from two very different worlds but show how their worlds have collided The journey of the two girls through the war in Daffodils shows how they are alike and how they are different The war changed so many things and so many things were left unchanged But Katy accompanies Cassandra across the ocean for a trip to Boston The story details their adventures of love and friendship in Boston But when things go very wrong and Katy returns early Jem Katy's husband stands by her for all time Katy wants to dream of a better life but seems to always have roadblocks thrown in front of herMartin's character development and descriptions bring these families to life I felt myself cheering for their successes and crying for their setbacksWhile there wasn't nearly the historical references in Peace Lily I recommend this book for anyone looking for an enjoyable read I'm hoping that there will be another book in the series and Martin has left that door open

  10. Eddi Eddi says:

    This second book in the trilogy continues the story of Katy and Jem and the characters from the manor particularly Cass with whom Katy has become friends by working together during the war The aftermath of the war is felt by everyone as disabled veterans return and cannot find jobs or understanding of what they have been through Class issues that were unimportant during the war become significant again especially in the relationship between Katy and Cass Hired as Cass' personal maid to travel to Boston with her Katy gets to experience her dream of adventure but it ends in a traumatic event and she is forced to return to England in shame Her husband Jem stands by her and supports her as does her renewed friend Cass The themes in to second book revolve around family class issues the impact of war and inevitable changes I immediately started Speedwell the third book in the trilogy upon finishing this one

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