Book Review of
In Farleigh Field
World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy. The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerham’s middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret: she has taken a job at Bletchley Park, the British code-breaking facility.
As Ben follows a trail of spies and traitors, which may include another member of Pamela’s family, he discovers that some within the realm have an appalling, history-altering agenda. Can he, with Pamela’s help, stop them before England falls?
Inspired by the events and people of World War II, writer Rhys Bowen crafts a sweeping and riveting saga of class, family, love, and betrayal.
In Farleigh Field has been in my to read pile for quite awhile. I finally picked it up, and I can see why this book has such great reviews. I love the fact that it was a serious topic, but included mystery, romance, and even some humor. It took me a few chapters to get into the book, but once I did I couldn’t put it down. The writing was well done and they mystery part had me wanting more. There were a few parts of the book that were predictable, but that often happens with historical fiction.
Reading this book was kind of like watching Downton Abbey or a British T.V. show with the fairly typical wealthy family and the people that work for them. I didn’t mind that, but some people might.
This book does contain a few PG-13 scenes that I think could have easily been left out.