1 thought on “Song of Songs”

  1. Don't read this book if you are already feeling blue. The depths of despair this story of a woman's systematic physical, emotional, and spiritual breakdown due to the impact of war and its aftermath, will surely put you over the edge if you are already fragile. I cried pretty much every chapter from the beginning of World War I and way beyond, which was somehow worse. The writing is fantastic, the characterization of the first person protagonist so palpable that you are literally experiencing ev [...]

  2. one of my all time top 10. A sweeping saga that has the power to reduce a reader to tears. Slightly old-fashioned writing style which suits the story and evokes the atmosphere and culture of a bygone era. If you enjoy good quality historical novels, this is one to buy - although you may have to search hard, I think it's out of print now. I have re-read this book at least 5 times, and it's always hard to put down.

  3. I read this book when I was a teenager. I was totally drawn in by the storyline, the historical setting and finally the (slightly erotic) romance. I read it twice, then the book went missing. I suspect my Mother sent it off to Vinnies!I remembered this story for years, but could not find it even after doing some google searches for the title. FINALLY I came across it a week ago and promptly purchased it and started reading it the day it arrived. I loved it. Every page of it. It transports me bac [...]

  4. I don't know what it is about this book that I like it so much, but I do Read it numerous times and it still always hits the right spot when I'm need of a bit quick fix of romantic saga

  5. A disappointing Edwardian saga, Song of Songs had much unfulfilled potential. Lady Helena Girvan is a child of privilege in 1890s England who becomes a war nurse after fiance departs for the battlefield, and the bulk of the novel is how her war experiences affect her life after the armistice. The writing is choppy, especially in the beginning, and the pacing is off. Far less romantic than a typical family saga, Helena makes some dubious choices and her naivete does not ring true in places. The b [...]

  6. Before there was Downton Abbey there was this novel. There are many parallels in the stories, but think of Sybil and her chauffeur for the story line in this novel.This novel sparked my interest in WWI, the brave nurses and soldiers who were wounded and saved on the Western front.I read this novel more than 20 years ago on a drive back to Virginia from Massachusetts. I could not put it down, reading it into the dark and trying to read by the lights on the highway. After the all night drive I wan [...]

  7. What a wonderful book this is - it sat in my TBR pile for ages and I wish I had read it a long time ago. A great read - terrific story. A must read.Back Cover Blurb:At the heart of this stunning novel is Helena, an unforgettable heroine born into a magical Edwardian childhood. Her idyll is shattered by the outbreak of war; her illusions destroyed by the horrors she sees nursing the wounded of the trenches. But peacetime will bring another kind of despair - an unequal marriage, triggered by sexua [...]

  8. i have already read this book but am looking forward to reading it again and reading it as a woman rather than a teenager which i was when i first stumbled upon it

  9. synopsis:lady helena grows up in a family of wealth and privilege, with benign neglect being shown to her by her parents. she is actually raised by governess and nurse. as she grows older, she learns that her parents have their separate lives and are only together for convenience sake. she meets someone when she is 17, and believes him to be a god among men. they become engaged, even though everyone else knows that he has a fondness for men instead of women. when he is killed during wwI, helena [...]

  10. Re-read for the umpteenth time. Just as satisfactorily enjoyable as ever, on a par with Gone with the Wind for epic re-visiting. in April 2013 I wrote: I don't know how long this book sat on my shelf, me thinking I had read it; I took it down thinking to charity it, read it "just in case" and then umpteen times thereafter. Don't know what was so compelling: it is a period I am anyway drawn to, but the relationship between Ben and Helena has to play a part. Certainly in my top three all time favo [...]

  11. One of the best books I have ever readThis is a fabulous story of Lady Helena and her family during a tumultuous period in history. The story starts in the 1890s until the 1920s. Helena is a nurse during world war one. The scenes are described in great detail. I cried a number of times at the sheer brutality of war and the slaughter of so many young men. Cannot recommend this book highly e tough.

  12. I have read this book more times than I can count and I still love it. Even though I think the main character Helena is fairly sappy, I still love this story which says a lot. It's epic, sweeps across some key moments in history and has the detail to pull it off. A atypical love story which does justice to the horror and sacrifice of WW1 and is still thoroughly enjoyable.

  13. A beautiful story taking you though the boer war and the great war. Heartbreaking accounts from the front and the nursing tents and a sometimes sad and sometimes happy tale of unequal love after the war.

  14. Must be 20 years since I read this book. Can't remember a great deal about the plot but I do remember being completely sucked into it and not being able to put it down then feeling bereft at the end! Must re-read one day.

  15. A secret favourite, have read it so many times that the pages are falling out of my copy. I love a war-time romance

  16. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have re-read it several times, over the years. I have always wished that it would be made into a mini-series, as a movie wouldn't do it justice.

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