Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear


Another book in the Maisie Dobbs series; this is my third and again I appreciated the accompaniment as I worked on routine tasks.

This one, like Birds of a Feather is set around 1930 and though the economic hardships are referred to, the main focus is The Great War. Maisie is asked to find information about two soldiers and she goes to France for research. During that trip she visits the location of her own work as a nurse in the war and has a very strong reaction. At the end of the book Maisie and her dear friend join in the celebration of Armistice Day and that description was a surprisingly moving passage.

The author tells in an interview after the audiobook is completed about how the character came to her. She was sitting in traffic near the Warren Street Underground Station and watched a woman emerge from the station, stop to buy a newspaper, and make her way down the street. Jacqueline Winspear said the first chapter of the first book unfolded before her and after work that day, she rushed home to record it.

Jacqueline Winspear, Pardonable Lies, H. Holt, 2005, 342 pages (I listened to the audiobook). Available at the UVa and public libraries and from Amazon.

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