☆ If I Could Tell You || ✓ PDF Read by ☆ Elizabeth Wilhide


  • Title: If I Could Tell You
  • Author: Elizabeth Wilhide
  • ISBN: 9780143130437
  • Page: 200
  • Format: Paperback

  • Kristin Hannah s The Nightingale meets Anna Karenina, a vivid and captivating novel of love, war, and the resilience of one woman s spirit England, 1939 Julia Compton has a beautifully well ordered life Once a promising pianist, she now has a handsome husband, a young son she adores, and a housekeeper who takes care of her comfortable home Then, on the eve of war, a filKristin Hannah s The Nightingale meets Anna Karenina, a vivid and captivating novel of love, war, and the resilience of one woman s spirit England, 1939 Julia Compton has a beautifully well ordered life Once a promising pianist, she now has a handsome husband, a young son she adores, and a housekeeper who takes care of her comfortable home Then, on the eve of war, a film crew arrives in her coastal town She falls in love The consequences are devastating Penniless, denied access to her son, and completely unequipped to fend for herself, she finds herself adrift in wartime London with her lover, documentary filmmaker Dougie Birdsall While Dougie seeks truth wherever he can find it, Julia finds herself lost As the German invasion looms and bombs rain down on the city, she faces a choice succumb to her fate, or fight to forge a new identity in the heat of war.
    Elizabeth Wilhide
    Elizabeth Wilhide is the author of many books on design and interiors and two novels Born in the United States, she now resides in London.

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    Commentaires:

    RoseMary Achey
    Just could not engage with this book. I had little empathy for the characters and found the tempo inconsistent. Normally I love historical fiction set during WWII but this one was a none starter.

    Meg - A Bookish Affair
    "If I Could Tell You"is the story of Julia, a woman living in England during the late 1930s when Europe is just getting swept up in World War II. Julia lives a fairly quiet existence in a small coastal English town, which has been relatively spared by the powers of war. Julia leaves behind her husband and son after she falls in love with a film director. This book follows the chaos that happens after she upends her life and everything she knows. The premise of this book was interesting to me. Th [...]

    Erika Robuck
    Review to come

    Jacki (Julia Flyte)
    We're in England. It's 1939 and war is going to break out at any moment. Julia Compton is comfortably married. Her adored only child, Peter, attends Boarding School. She has a housekeeper to take care of all things domestic. Her life is privileged and easy. Then one day, when out with a friend, she meets Dougie, a documentary maker. As the French would say, it's a "coup de foudre" - an instant attraction that leads to an affair. An affair which leads to the end of her marriage and suddenly Julia [...]

    Roger Brunyate
    A Wartime RomanceI gave up on this after 80 pages, not because it was bad, but because it did not offer much to engage the mind, which is what I need right now. In fact, the book cover is a fair indication of what lies in store: a talented young woman in a stolid marriage in a small town on the Suffolk coast falls for the director of a visiting film unit, thus risking her marriage, family, security, and sense of identity. It is well enough written, and the atmosphere of the outbreak of war is es [...]

    The Lit Bitch
    Ahhh war romances how I love you! When this one came across my desk for review, I jumped at the chance to review it. The description was tantalizing and I just knew I had to read this one!For some reason I just love books about ill-fated or impossible romances and while this one had an adultery element, that wasn’t a deal breaker for me… fact I was curious to see how that angle would work within the story.From the outside, Julia had the picture perfect life making some readers wonder why she [...]

    Linda Munro
    I received this book via a giveaway. I have to say a few things, it is well written, but for me, some parts of the books just dragged and I found my mind wandering. I did however, manage to get through the book and found that what it was billed as was true, so let’s begin there.Take one woman who has lived a life of advantage and add a man who not only captured her attention, but also openly pursues her. Add to that a husband and a son and a war in Europe. If you like romance, war novels and [...]

    Carol
    Brief Encounter one step further - the step Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard didn't take. Julia, wife and mother in a well ordered life, married to a handsome solicitor "who pays the bills". Enter Dougie the enigmatic film director of propaganda films for the MOI and with whom she begins an affair. She leaves her comfortable life and her son for a life with unconventional and unreliable Dougie who proves to be a womaniser and love-rat. She finds herself with nothing and having to fend for herself [...]

    Girl with her Head in a Book
    Review originally published here: girlwithherheadinabook/2Another 1940s read – but one that is very different in tone. Julia Compton is the terribly proper wife and mother, her husband highly-respectable and her home well-ordered. Her only child, a son, is clean and healthy, with appropriate school-boy concerns. Essentially, she’s Celia Johnson. But then one day in 1939, a film crew comes to shoot a documentary about the local fishing industry and Julia meets Dougie Birdsall, the crew’s di [...]

    Linda Lipko
    Usually I do not read romance novels, but this one pulled me in. The setting is WWII. Before the war came to England, Julia Compton was secure in her love of her son, and her life with a handsome man who met all financial needs. The life style was good, friends were of the country club set, and Julia thought she was quite satisfied.Then, a dashing film maker and his crew came to town, and her life is turned upside down. Operating from the heart instead of her head, she longs for Dougie with a pa [...]

    JT Belangela
    3.5 Stars. Remember the famous line from A Few Good Men, “You can’t handle the truth?” Well if you’re strong enough to handle the truth about what happens when an affair prompts the end of a marriage, then you’ll enjoy If I Could Tell You by Elizabeth Wilhide. It’s England circa 1939 and wife and mother Julia Compton manages to keep her life in order despite the encroaching war. What she wasn’t planning on was falling in love with philandering film maker, Dougie Birdsall. Julia’s [...]

    Cheryl
    I am so, so sadden by the outcome I had with this book. This book is right up my alley so I was thoroughly looking forward to reading it. However, it was quickly apparent that I shared no connections to the characters or the story. This is the type of story where it suffers if there is no human connection between the reader (me) and the characters. Yet, I will tell you that I held out hope that the story would get better as I progressed. I still think that there is hope for this book, I just cou [...]

    Jill's Book Cafe
    More 4.5 than 4The blurb describes very well the general plot but for me the telling phrase is she has "a handsome husband who pays the bills". This is not the way I'd hope most of us would describe a husband and is suggestive of a practical arrangement rather than a happy, fulfilling marriage. Little wonder then, that Julia has her head turned by the advances of a handsome, married, bohemian film-maker Dougie Birdsall.Without describing plot and giving away spoilers, I'd like to say why I loved [...]

    Mandy
    When I received the request to review this novel, I thought it had real promise. I was looking forward to reading a story about a woman who, admittedly, made a moralistic mistake but then picked herself back up and became empowered. What I got was a slow-paced, slightly aggravating, snooze fest. Y'all, I tried. I swear I did because I hate to give negative reviews, especially on books I could not finish. It just wasn't happening for me on this one.First of all, there's no reason whatsoever that [...]

    LindaFitzgerald
    Interesting view of WW2When I began this book I wasn't sure if I was going to get on with it, but as I read on I started to really enjoy it. As I read the last page I felt that I knew the characters and became concerned for their welfare. Which I believe says it was a good book!

    Louise
    3.5 stars really. An individual's story of a marriage breakdown and love affair set against the Battle of Britain. I found this book very engaging. The Blitz scenes were fascinating, and the historical detail was very well researched.

    Jim Swike
    I expected much more, started off well, but it dragged in many spots. Maybe you will feel differently, enjoy!

    Rachel
    Julia is a woman that is living a comfortable life in England at the start of World War II. She is married to Richard, and together they have a son, Peter. Although she lives a privileged life, Julia is lonely: Peter is away at boarding school for much of the time, and she has to wipe the looking glass to really see how attractive Richard still is to her. Some excitement enters Julia’s life by way of a film crew sent to their town to showcase the normal goings-on of a people at the start of th [...]

    Janet
    I am a sucker for a novel set in WWII or England and this was both; however, this book was very disappointing. I understand that these characters weren't real people, but this was just an unbelievable story. I don't see it realistic that a middle class women in a content ('happy' may not be the right word) marriage and happy with her life would randomly see a lower/working class man (who smells like cigarettes and has dirty finger nails!) and decide that she has to be with him. Yes, I know there [...]

    Susan
    My early impressions echo many of the other reviews. Julia does not seem to be a very sympathetic character; other than physical attraction, it's difficult to fathom why she would leave her comfortable existence, marriage, and son for Dougie, who is clearly an unworthy jerk. At some point in the book, as Julia is forced to work, deal with the Blitz in London, and mourn her lost relationship with her son--not to mention Dougie's peccadilloes--she becomes a much more empathetic character. And Rich [...]

    Rachel
    I received this book from the First Reads program.This one was hard for me. I usually love books similar to this, but I just could not focus with this one. It didn't hold my attention and I found myself avoiding the book. The characters are not engaging. I couldn't connect with them or feel empathy, and there was a lack of flow to the writing. It showed real promise, and the premise of the story is one that sounds interesting. It just needed some more work in my opinion.

    Skye
    It started out promising and then slowed down towards the middle of the story. The ending left me wanting more and feeling unsatisfied. I *just* finished it and am sitting here asking myself if I missed something and wondering what the point was because the story seemed incomplete as if there is a chapter missing with the ending.

    Jennifer Cook Nafziger
    I wanted to love this book much more than I did. I typically love war time romance books. However, I didn't find the characters to be endearing at all. They were spoiled, rude, and selfish. I couldn't really connect to them.

    Yingfang
    一个过着幸福生活不知珍惜,一个风流爱美女的导演。故事从认识,老公察觉,投奔,学做贤妻,到遇人不淑,风流依旧风流,分开,投奔战场,忘记痛,只有孩子还是你的,父亲还是你的。以为战争会占很大部分,让julia成熟,但只有最后一点点。在遇见他之前, 我是一个普通的人过着普通的生活。我们都是普通人,dougie 也是。犹如我生活在一个壳里,他把它完全敲开了。 [...]

    Cheryl
    Struggle, struggle, struggle yawn, yawn, yawn. I wanted to love it but I just could not engage with the characters. I didn't have much empathy for Julia so perhaps that was it. And Dougie please! There was potential here. just not for me.

    Keely
    I was excited to read this book, but only made it 1/3 of the way in before giving up. None of the characters were likeable, and the plot dragged on. The only reason I wanted to finish it was to see what the prologue was all about and if they survive the war, besides that I could care less.

    Jane Shirley
    This book started a little slow - well, maybe not slow, just didn't get into the meat of the story for awhile. In the end I really enjoyed it and found it to be a fascinating tale in a very difficult time in history.

    Deedee
    A bit slow and the main character isn't the most sympathetic, but the portrait of family relationships during the London blitz and the later years of WWII is interesting.

    Marialyce Steinberg
    Slow.The story moved very slowlyde it difficult to stay engaged. Very little information and details about the actual war happenings and effects.

    Sarah Chao ❅
    Hard to connect with characters, was not engaging. My mind constantly wandered. Overall, good plot but there were undeveloped ideas.

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