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standard stuff so far about 120 pages in so 1 3 bk see ken Follett century trilogy, the part with the lord and the maid but engagingly written there is also a Spanish section that is less well developed to date but I expect to getinteresting laterI finished the novel and I have some mixed feelings though overall I would definitely read the implied sequel as the storylines kind of stop in mid action when stuff actually begins to get really interesting both on a personal level and on a po standard stuff so far about 120 pages in so 1 3 bk see ken Follett century trilogy, the part with the lord and the maid but engagingly written there is also a Spanish section that is less well developed to date but I expect to getinteresting laterI finished the novel and I have some mixed feelings though overall I would definitely read the implied sequel as the storylines kind of stop in mid action when stuff actually begins to get really interesting both on a personal level and on a political level as we get to the early 30 s The action expands and quite a fewcharacters and places appear so we have Spain, England, Germany, France with main characters and storylines, while the personal and the political get evenentangled there is a fairly detailed bibliography at the end of the novel showing the author did her research on the periodWhere the novel needs improvement imho is in the style which lacks the extra the emotional, the hook if you want to make one really care about the characters and turn the pages relative flatness could work in a fully political book but in the mix of personal and political where this novel places itself as mentioned above The Century Trilogy of ken Follett is a good reference point , the personal is a bit too uninvolving Although I clicked the little button that says finished, I was unable to finish this book.I hate giving bad reviews Eventhan that I hate giving up on books This book was not necessarily bad, the story holds promise, the righting style was just not for me, everything was over described and for want of a better word boring, and I was therefore unable to get past page 98.My plan is to try reading the book again in a few years and see if I have better luck. 3.5 starsThe Web and the Wing is a sweeping family saga which begins after WWI and runs through 1930 It s set in England and Spain and centers on the family of the Earl of Eglington.The characterization is good, perhaps eventhan we wish to know The story moves slowly, I felt, perhaps because of the depth of the historical facts woven throughout the actions of the family.While well written, this book is probably better suited for those who thrive on history I was given a copy of this bo 3.5 starsThe Web and the Wing is a sweeping family saga which begins after WWI and runs through 1930 It s set in England and Spain and centers on the family of the Earl of Eglington.The characterization is good, perhaps eventhan we wish to know The story moves slowly, I felt, perhaps because of the depth of the historical facts woven throughout the actions of the family.While well written, this book is probably better suited for those who thrive on history I was given a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review This novel covers the time period from November 11, 1918 to the late days of 1930, and is the first book in a planned trilogy The story begins in the village of Ardleagh in Lancashire, where the Earl of Eglinton and his family are returning following the was The eldest son was killed, and James is now the one who will inherit the title, a development that will mean that his father will determine a different course of study for him than James wants for himself.Claire has returned to the estate This novel covers the time period from November 11, 1918 to the late days of 1930, and is the first book in a planned trilogy The story begins in the village of Ardleagh in Lancashire, where the Earl of Eglinton and his family are returning following the was The eldest son was killed, and James is now the one who will inherit the title, a development that will mean that his father will determine a different course of study for him than James wants for himself.Claire has returned to the estate to help out, after working as a teacher in the village recently She was taken in years before by her aunt Anna when Claire s father was killed in a mine accident, and her mother having died when she was just a toddler.Over the years Claire and James had been playmates, Claire introducing James to the unstructured play of village children and a world his privileged upbringing wouldn t have normally exposed him to The two also became close in other ways and feelings have developed between them, feelings that Claire knows can lead nowhere due to their difference in class She determines to find herself a life of her own elsewhere and a chance encounter provides her an opportunity that will lead her farther than she thought.The Earl s sister Amelia married a Spanish nobleman, and has a daughter Leonora a few years younger than James, and Leonora is allowed to attend boarding school in England and have her social debut there.Leonora s father, Alva, Duke of Arradova, has a close friend, Raimundo de Conde, a general in the Army As Spain sinks into political turmoil, Alva and Raimundo are involved and Leonora s future is being determined by her father.As the plot moves the characters from Lancashire to London, Cordoba to Biarritz, Paris to Berlin, we see the lives of these three young people develop We also see the political history that leads to the Spanish Civil War and World War II developing.This is a novel that ties in the personal stories of these characters to history in a very real way I will be looking forward to the continuation of their stories Deeper than expected, this book combines an intriguing family saga with fascinating history I actually learned a great deal while enjoying the story This is not your standard period saga. This is not your average historical romance novel it is a look at British society that is attempting to be redefined after the great War Read the full review at OurBookClub This is not your average historical romance novel it is a look at British society that is attempting to be redefined after the great War Read the full review at OurBookClub *READ KINDLE ☟ The Web and The Wing ↟ The Web and the Wing opens on Armistice Day, in the Lancashire village of Ardleagh In Ardleagh Hall, home of the Earl of Eglinton, the Earl s son James is madly in love with Claire, a maid whose father was killed in one of the Earl s mines It is a love thwarted by class distinction and greed the same forces that that will flash throughout Europe and eventually light the bonfire of Hitler s Third ReichAfter the defeat of the miners in the bitter strike of , James leaves home to become a concert pianist in Berlin in the Weimar Republic, now a mecca of the arts There he witnesses, with concern, Adolph Hitler s rise to power Meanwhile, the Earl s sister, Amelia, who lives her cloistered life in southern Spain, a land of wilting heat, violent revolts and no divorce, is locked into her marriage with Alva, a wealthy, powerful estate owner with close ties to the Army Drawing together the history and people of three nations Britain, Germany and Spain, The Web and the Wing explores the lust for power, status and wealth as the momentum from one tragic war lumbers ever closer toward another