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# Novel《Bran-New + Historical , Romance Friendship, Stifling Victorian society, sex, and Betrayal Drama Fiction》Kate Saunders - NIGHT SHALL OVERTAKE US

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This The Sunday Times bestselling Fiction in paperback edition is a bran-new book and nicely wrapped with protective book-wrapper. The original new book is sold at usual price RM47.01. Now here Only at RM13. In Edwardian England a vow of friendship is a thing of innocence. Four women take a pledge of eternal friendship shortly before World War I as the world they have known descends into chaos and their different destinies, which include obsession, murder, and insanity, begin to be played out. Even when tested by the passionate militancy of the suffragette movement or the rigorous demands of the Season, the bonds between Rory, Eleanor, Jenny and Francesca hold fast. But nothing can withstand the unprecedented onslaught of the First World War - and as the best of an entire generation is extinguished on the battlefields of Europe, a schoolgirl pledge, too, lies broken... Review From Publishers Weekly : The usual historical romance ingredients--women's friendships, unplanned pregnancy, adultery, illness, war, political conflict, generational tension--are deftly handled in Saunders's ( The Prodigal Father ) latest offering. Set in Ireland, England and France during WW I, the plot centers on four girls who swear an oath of eternal friendship on their final night together at an Irish boarding school: Rory, a feisty Irish lass who plans never to marry; Francesca, a delicate beauty forever shamed by childhood incest; Eleanor, who will fall for an abusive lover; and Jenny, who will battle her fiance's mother for years. As the four go about their intertwined adult lives, readers experience their dramatically changing circumstances, as well as the near dissolution of friendship between two of the women, who fall for the same man. Though Saunders concentrates on Rory (her presence in a retrospective narrative in 1935 suggests that the novel is a sort of letter to her daughter and to the next generation of women), each of the heroines' characters are developed in surprising and subtle ways. With its lively dialogue and carefully researched period details, the novel reproduces a bygone era while charging it with timeless human emotion. First serial to Good Housekeeping . Review From Library Journal : In 1907, four school-aged girls make a solemn vow that they will always be friends. One can only guess at the upcoming tribulations that these young women will face- tribulations that inevitably test the strength and fabric of their commitment to one another. In that regard, Saunders won't disappoint readers; her characters swirl through an assortment of dilemmas, including wife abuse, a deaf child, and a love interest with the unfortunate name Muttonhead. Still, it's been done before, and libraries with limited fiction budgets should consider this book an optional choice. Review From Kirkus Reviews : Four little women and how they toughed it through World War I: a lively romance so knowing, it's practically jaded--filled with torment, triumph, a panorama of blood and guts, and genitally specific sex. In her American debut, British journalist and author Saunders writes a Rosetta stone of a historical romance, packing in every sentimental convention known to woman. To her credit, she keeps her storylines fresh and energetic and skillfully interwoven until her satisfyingly predictable end. She follows four schoolgirls, who in 1907 take a blood oath to stand by one another no matter what. With multiheroines, no plot possibility escapes Saunders's attention, including the grisly war, women's suffrage, nursing on the front lines, Irish home rule, and the influenza epidemic of 1918. Scottish Jenny sacrifices her true love, Jamie, and their dream to work side by side at a Glasgow clinic for the poor, to marry wealthy, blinded Alistair, who was saved from certain death by his loyal terrier Inky. The dog's wild keening on the battlefield brought stretcher carriers to his master's side. Fine-boned Francesca, an incest survivor with a black fear of sex, marries her mother's young lover, who goes to war to redeem himself. Eleanor, who longs to suffer for love, marries dark, brooding Lorenzo, a wife-beater with mesmerizing eyelashes who obliges her. And red- haired Aurora (``Rory'')--Irish tomboy, suffragette, and ambulance driver--after travails too numerous to mention, finds her heart's desire close to home with Lord Oughterard (``Muttonhead''), a man with unimpeachable personal integrity and an ``endless'' erection. Though sluggish at first, it's an endearingly trashy read. Saunders's heroines achieve orgasm and find true love somewhere near the armistice, or die trying. About the Author Kate Saunders is a journalist and writer. She has written for the Sunday Times, the Sunday Express, the Daily Telegraph and Cosmopolitan, and has contributed to Radio 4's Woman's Hour, Start the Week and Kaleidoscope. She lives in London with her son.

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