“This was not a typical book from a Jewish person's viewpoint of WWII. This young woman manages to make it out of Austria before the war begins--to become a servant in a large English estate. Up until this time, Elise had enjoyed a spoiled existence where she had been the one waited upon. Now she has to learn a new language, customs, servant roles, and work ethic. This was an interesting twist as "riches to rags."
Elise's anxiety over her and her family's fate was believable. It was certainly a time of intense fear and distrust. I had some trouble relating to Elise, though. I could not sympathise with her affection for Kip or for her views on life in general.
This book gave me new insight into this time in history. The author did a good job building suspense in several sections. My attention was held throughout, despite the book's long-ish length. Much of this I attribute to listening via audiobook---the reader speaks with British, Cockney, Irish, German and American accents and she does them quite well. Overall, this was a pretty good book.”
“A bit too romantic, predictable and unsatisfying for me. I must remember to not buy books at the grocery store!”Mishelle B wrote this review Tuesday, June 26, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A nice summer read about an interesting time. Protagonist well developed, but story line hints were too revealing and gave away the story. I also felt the author was a bit hasty in pulling loose ends together in last chapters after giving us a more savory pace in the first half. I still enjoyed it.”Jody S wrote this review Monday, June 18, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great book, but left me feeling so sorrowful.”Annie wrote this review Saturday, June 16, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Beautiful story of Elise who has to emigrate from Vienna to England in 1938. She must become a housemaid at a manor house even though she comes from a back round where she had servants. She is Jewish and her parents want to send her to safety. The books chronicles her experiences and relationships with all at Tyneford House. Very historically interesting and enlightening.”Tricia B wrote this review Monday, June 4, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a novel about Elise, a young and wealthy Jewish-Austrian immigrant who relocates to Tyneford, England as a housemaid in the mid-to-late 1930’s to avoid the coming war. There, she falls in love with the young son of the household, Kit Rivers, until he is called to the war in a unique capacity and on his own terms. Before and while this occurs, Elise must take the steps necessary to adapt to her new surroundings, all the while wondering of her family left behind, including her once-famous mother and father still in Vienna, and her sister and brother-in-law who have traveled to America. The master of the house, Mr. Christopher Rivers is a constant support for Elise until the very end. Very focused on the earth surrounding the manor, the inner-workings of the main character's soul, and the customs of the past, The House at Tyneford takes readers back to an era where etiquette ruled but fun was often found and friends and family still meant everything.”LIBKATIE79 wrote this review Thursday, May 10, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Surprisingly good for a book with "romance" as one of its descriptors. There are many poignant moments, transitions and trials in this coming-of-age story/romance/glimpse of past England. The main character is a wealthy Jewish girl who goes to England as a housemaid prior to World War II. That almost sounds like too many choice elements, but it's all handled very quietly and beautifully and is based on a real town, house, and a member of the author's family.”Connie D wrote this review Friday, May 4, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Liked this book very much. Set at the beginning of WWII, when it was not safe to be a Jew in Vienna. The youngest daughter is sent off to England to be a parlour maid, and be safe. The timing of this book after having just read THE POSTMISTRESS and A SEPARATE PEACE is most interesting.”Sharon Z wrote this review Thursday, May 3, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved this book. Helped fill the void left by Downton Abbey!”Cindy S wrote this review Sunday, April 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Words can't express how enthralled I was with this book. From the opening words all the way to the final ones, I was caught up in the goings-on of WWII Austria and the coast of Britain. I loved the way the author described the house and the people within it, as well as the village and sea. I felt like I could picture it exactly and after I finished the book I enjoyed researching more about the "real" Tyneford. A definite must read!”SMK wrote this review Thursday, April 19, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No