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Publisher's Summary

Can a family's mannered traditions and cool emotions erase the horrors of war from a young couple's past? 

From New York Times best-selling author Philippa Gregory, Fallen Skies takes listeners to post-World War I England in a suspenseful story about the marriage of a wealthy war hero and an aspiring singer he barely knows.  

Lily Valance is determined to forget the horrors of the war by throwing herself into the decadent pleasures of the 1920s and pursuing her career as a music hall singer. When she meets Captain Stephen Winters, a decorated veteran, she's immediately drawn to his wealth and status. And Stephen, burdened by his guilt over surviving the Flanders battlefields where so many soldiers perished, sees the possibility of forgetting his anguish in Lily, but his family does not approve.  

Lily marries Stephen, only to discover that his family's façade of respectability conceals a terrifying combination of repression, jealousy and violence. When Stephen's terrors merge dangerously close with reality, the truth of what took place in the mud and darkness brings him and all who love him to a terrible reckoning.

©2015 Philippa Gregory (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

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NOT HER BEST

Certainly not the best of Philippa Gregory’s novels, and I think I’ve read them all. The greatest annoyance for me was the constant use of the word”little.” Everything was “little.” Her little hands; her little gloves; her little hat; her little room; her little EVERYTHING! After a while I just laughed every time the word was used. Who edits her books? Really! The story was a “little” predictable, but entertaining.
As always, Bianca Amato was flawless. Without her, I would not have stayed with the story.

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Warning for PTSD and Veterans.

Awesome story by Philippa Gregory. Though trigger warning mentions rape, spousal abuse, and early psychiatric treatments.

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Ending felt rushed

I absolutely love Bianca Amato and thought she did an amazing job like she has with many other books by this author.
The characters were vibrant and rich and I fell in love with each of them, aside from Steven of course. But I also love to hate a character so disliking Steven was acceptable.

There were points where I physically cringed at the violence. I’ve read almost all of this authors books and this is hands down the most violent and horrifying. But I don’t think that makes the book bad, just possibly triggering.

My only qualm with the book was that the ending felt very rushed. She could have easily taken out a rape scene and spent that time and energy fleshing out the ending more.
I thought the ending was good, heart wrenching and fitting -but it could have been better and would have moved me to tears if it wasn’t so abrupt.
Also left you at a bit of a cliff hanger as well. A lot of loose threads and assumptions left to be made.

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great performance

The reader was very good. Always love listening to her. The story was ok..:at times it was difficult to tell who the “bad” guy was as both characters seemed to be a bit unhinged. Also a pretty predictable ending. Not my favorite of hers overall.

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Horrible. Simply utterly horrible

Older man obsessed over young woman described to be childlike and innocent. Almost a rape book

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Unbelievable story

This author has really done a tremendous job and telling the story of why it was like for not just the soldiers but for the families after World War I. I’m truly heartbroken at what it was like. But in truth, she did a tremendous job and I give her all the kudos. Thank you for telling the story. The narrative was superlative.

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Slow start but very gripping end!

This was an entertaining book, although it took a few chapters for me to feel engaged. Once I was hooked, it was very enjoyable.

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Philippa Gregory is a BRILLIANT author.

Her story is incredible. I’m an older lady of 78 and I’m a great grandmother. So I have experienced the effects some of the mind bending traumas of changes in culture over 4 generations.

I was most moved by experiences of a very young woman who had been a little girl during WW1 and who was married to an older man suffering from PTSD from WW1.

The description of the expectations of sex in marriage as well as the psychiatric care of the time are similar to what my mother (born in 1912) described to me.

Ms. Gregory remain true to a realistic and dramatic storyline

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Love Philippa Gregory’s books

Didn’t want it to end. It wasn’t the best of Gregory but I throughly enjoyed the ride. She has such great character development and you really care about her characters. The narrator was good but not great.

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Not one of her better books.

Was really disappointed by the numerous domestic violence and rape scenes. One would get the job done but it felt like they were non-stop. Just unnecessary for the story line.