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  1. 4 out of 5

    EmmaRodriguez

    The Tears of Autumn by David Wiltshire is an incredible story that pulls at the heartstrings. This book about friendship, love, and war, makes the reader think deeper into their own lives and reevealute their own relationships. The book tells the wonderful, fictional tale of two couples, one from England and one from Germany, who become friends during their honeymoons. The two couples agree to meet up at a hotel again a year later. However, now that WW2 has started and created a divide between t The Tears of Autumn by David Wiltshire is an incredible story that pulls at the heartstrings. This book about friendship, love, and war, makes the reader think deeper into their own lives and reevealute their own relationships. The book tells the wonderful, fictional tale of two couples, one from England and one from Germany, who become friends during their honeymoons. The two couples agree to meet up at a hotel again a year later. However, now that WW2 has started and created a divide between the countries, will the couples be able to keep their frienship, or will the war tear it apart just as it is tearing apart the world? This book, though a slight slow start, had me very intrigued and invested in each of the characters. The author carefully intertwines history, romance, friendship, and action into a masterpiece of literature. I would recommend this book to any who enjoy a good read that will make it nearly impossible to put down and rate it a four out of five stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Was really a 4.5 but I rounded it up.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mary Sue Wilson

    A Good Read I love reading WW2 fiction. This was not a disappointment. The author does an excellent job of illustrating how friendships can be made and endured despite differences. This is a well written and researched novel.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    The Tears of Autumn is by David Wiltshire. This novel is set before, during and after World War II on the Amalfi Coast of Italy and the airfields of England. It is the story of two couples who met prior to the war and made arrangements to meet after the war at the same hotel in Sorrento, Italy. One couple was from England and he was a pilot with the Royal Air Force. The other couple was from Germany and he was an officer in the German Navy. The couples met at the hotel in Sorrento and both were The Tears of Autumn is by David Wiltshire. This novel is set before, during and after World War II on the Amalfi Coast of Italy and the airfields of England. It is the story of two couples who met prior to the war and made arrangements to meet after the war at the same hotel in Sorrento, Italy. One couple was from England and he was a pilot with the Royal Air Force. The other couple was from Germany and he was an officer in the German Navy. The couples met at the hotel in Sorrento and both were on their honeymoons. They became very good friends during their stay here and wanted very much to keep in touch. When they left, they made arrangements to meet again on October 1 at the hotel the following year, in 1943, and in 1948, whichever date worked out for them. Would they make that meeting or would the war make it impossible? David Wiltshire writes an amazing novel with a story that definitely could have happened. His description of Sorrento and the Amalfi coast are impeccable. Through his words you can actually see the narrow winding roads that turn back and forth on themselves across the area. The houses and shops that look as though they are perpendicular to the sea and rise up to the heavens are exactly what you see if you go there. The water is such a beautiful blue and even green hue, one that is indescribable. Then, his descriptions of the airfields and air battles that were part of the war seem to be exactly what was there. It all combines with the realistic characters and plot to make an unbelievably real story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline Cousins

    Didnt ring true to me was very muddled biff met rosemary throu his sister world wind romance married within months thats the last you hear of either persons family On thier honymoon they met a lovely german couple also on honeymoon who they have an instant rapor war breaks out all rosemary & biff are worried about is fighting agai st thier friends call me sinacle war breaks out my first thought would be members of my family being called up to fight if they would loose thier lives parents & young Didnt ring true to me was very muddled biff met rosemary throu his sister world wind romance married within months thats the last you hear of either persons family On thier honymoon they met a lovely german couple also on honeymoon who they have an instant rapor war breaks out all rosemary & biff are worried about is fighting agai st thier friends call me sinacle war breaks out my first thought would be members of my family being called up to fight if they would loose thier lives parents & younger siblings weather they would go to bed & wake to another day It would appeal to anyone who likes old war aeroplanes discribtions but i found the all never mention of family throughout the war unbelievably grimm Ive never had to live through a war but my mothet did and from stories she taught me family first Although i can relate to not wanting to fight your friends Family always comes first So sorry did not appeal to me at all i would have loved to find out what happened to thier familys too they each had siblings biffs sister wad his sisters friend surely they would have kept in touch with rosemary to let her know what she was doin with her life !!!! Rosemary had a brother what did he do for the war effort too many people left out of the story

  6. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Rae Stewart

    THE TEARS OF AUTUMN I feel the title is very fitting for this book. It’s a good book. A sad book. Every Autumn I’m sure the tears flowed from 1939 onward. Two couples meet on vacation in 1938 from two different countries that end up at war with each other. The couples become close friends in a very short period of time. It was an interesting story line and I think it very likely could have happened that way. It was bittersweet. There are several sex scenes, within marriage, but they may be offens THE TEARS OF AUTUMN I feel the title is very fitting for this book. It’s a good book. A sad book. Every Autumn I’m sure the tears flowed from 1939 onward. Two couples meet on vacation in 1938 from two different countries that end up at war with each other. The couples become close friends in a very short period of time. It was an interesting story line and I think it very likely could have happened that way. It was bittersweet. There are several sex scenes, within marriage, but they may be offensive to some. pamarella PRCS

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Good historical, geographical, and technical (i.e. airplane) details. I liked the reflective viewpoint of the narration (back and forth from modern day to WWII). But it did seem like a stretch that Biff and Rosemary would be so obsessed with this German couple whom they really only knew for a few days. The coincidence element was far fetched too ... Strangely enough, that has been my big complaint about several historical fictions books I've read lately. I mean what are the chances that those tw Good historical, geographical, and technical (i.e. airplane) details. I liked the reflective viewpoint of the narration (back and forth from modern day to WWII). But it did seem like a stretch that Biff and Rosemary would be so obsessed with this German couple whom they really only knew for a few days. The coincidence element was far fetched too ... Strangely enough, that has been my big complaint about several historical fictions books I've read lately. I mean what are the chances that those two men would have been in the same place at the same time, with such tragic results?

  8. 5 out of 5

    Deseree

    Liked this book and the characters. The ending was a surprise for me but, actually, a pleasant one and I am not easily surprised. I will read another book by this author. I chose this rating because the book kept me awake until I was able to finish it. I love books about this era.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Loretta

    Great until ... This novel is compelling in its story. The characters are well crafted and the historical elements are well detailed (though sometimes too technical). It was a disappointment to read the author’s attempt at resolving the plot and bringing the tale to an end. A little too contrived for me.

  10. 5 out of 5

    ROCKY

    TEARFUL!! The stories of WWII & how u never knew the ppl you would run into & get to know that would belong in the opposite site. The friendships & losses so sad. I would recommend this book to all, great book!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Erecca Witt

    Would not recommend Characters were underdeveloped. The entire book pushed you to develop a relationship with the characters, but they were all so unlikeable. The storyline made no sense and was abruptly ended.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Carey Mundy

    This was a quick read about a German couple and British couple who meet in Sorrento, Italy on the cusp of WWII. How their friendship survives while they serve on opposite sides in the war. Surprising ending!

  13. 4 out of 5

    ann betts

    The Years Of Autumn An enjoyable read, I always like to read the stories that include the parts of everyday life in England during the second world war. Such resilience.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    2.5.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Betty Suber

    Excellent world war ll story Well written with an unusual ending. I enjoyed the book all the way through. You won’t be disappointed in this love story.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Millie

    Didn't want to stop reading. Interesting way to tell the story. Very surprised at how things turned out. Bittersweet. Loved it!! Didn't want to stop reading. Interesting way to tell the story. Very surprised at how things turned out. Bittersweet. Loved it!!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sally Rogers

    Beautiful Story Brilliant read and very factual. Romance mixed with history, and a sad but beautiful ending. Couldn't put it down, and thoroughly recommend it Beautiful Story Brilliant read and very factual. Romance mixed with history, and a sad but beautiful ending. Couldn't put it down, and thoroughly recommend it

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mary G

    Great read WAR! Oh the devastation to so many lives, how can we learn to avoid another? We must find another way!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Pat Davis

    Good Novel I found this to be a compelling story with good characters and well-written. Readers of WWII historical fiction will quickly become involved.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Good Read Engaging plot with interesting characters keeps one turning the pages. Good for the holiday trip or some diversion from the present world.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Linda Ives

    It was very good in parts, the ending didn't ring true to me, other than that there was some good detail in the military descriptions. It was very good in parts, the ending didn't ring true to me, other than that there was some good detail in the military descriptions.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Leire Rogel

  23. 5 out of 5

    Steven Sebastian

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jan Matejka

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ellen Foster

  26. 5 out of 5

    neil blanchard

  27. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Goldberg

  28. 5 out of 5

    barbara enderwick

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jo

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dianne Fernstrom

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