The Very Thought of You

The Very Thought of You

Book - 2012
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England, 31st of August, 1939

The world is on the brink of war. As Hitler prepares to invade Poland, thousands of children are evacuated from London to escape the impending Blitz. Torn from her mother, eight-year-old Anna Sands is relocated with other children to a large Yorkshire estate opened up to evacuees by Thomas and Elizabeth Ashton, an enigmatic childless couple. Soon Anna gets drawn into their unravelling relationship, seeing things that are not meant for her eyes - and finding herself part-witness and part-accomplice to a love affair, with unforseen consequences.

A story of longing, loss and complicated loyalties, combinging a sweeping narrative with subtle psychological observation, The Very Thought of You is not just a love story, but a story about love.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, Anchor Canada,, 2012.
Copyright Date: ©2009.
ISBN: 9780385670548
Characteristics: 306 pages ;,21 cm.


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Apr 27, 2015

typical English (romance?) war novel The attraction of Anna to Thomas is understandable as she had lost both Father and Mother and he became her parental figure but over the years turned to LOVE in her mind leaving a hole in her soul. I found it boring at times and repetitious at times. Cant say it is one of my favorites however.

Jul 10, 2014

I enjoyed the story, not so much the writing. It seemed to drag on and on at times and I found myself skimming pages. I liked the historical tidbits, and the ending was pretty good (I wonder if that is because I was done with the book?).

May 18, 2013

I found this book to be boring. I think there was a lot of potential, however, it just droned on and on. I read it till the end hoping that the book would redeem itself but even the ending lacked a worthwhile outcome.

Aug 01, 2012

I enjoyed this story of a child evacuated to an historic home in Yorkshire in 1939. Longing and loss...

debwalker Jul 20, 2011

Discover: A child fleeing World War II London discovers a world of unspoken love and loss.

"Like 2011 Best Picture Oscar winner The King's Speech, Rosie Alison's The Very Thought of You is so absorbing that you don't realize how little has happened until after you've finished reading.

"That is, how little has happened on the surface. Like most humans, Alison's characters eat and sleep, fight and make love, take trips and suffer accidents. But book's real action is psychological: battles are fought in the characters' minds and hearts, their actions betraying very little of their inner struggles.

"The slight action of The Very Thought of You unfolds at Ashton House, a Yorkshire estate converted to a boarding school as housing for London children fleeing the Blitz. Its narrative switches among the perspectives of several well-drawn characters, with just enough time spent on each one's thoughts for them to be sympathetic and not tiresome. Eight-year-old Anna Sands is the common thread, pulling the reader through Mrs. Ashton's unfulfilled desire to have a child, Mr. Ashton's deep regrets over both his inability to walk and his wife's longing, and his unfolding attachment to schoolteacher Ruth Weir.

"Alison deftly handles love, regret and loss, creating a web of dramatic irony all the more impressive because it's never obvious. The result is like a watercolor half filled in, a psychological landscape made more real by the spaces left blank. The Very Thought of You is a fine first novel from a keenly perceptive writer." --Dani Alexis Ryskamp, blogger at Intractable Bibliophilia

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