THE WILD DARK FLOWERS
Fans of the era will seize the opportunity to immerse themselves in Cooke’s world. Unlike many historical dramas set during the Great War, the second installment in Cooke’s trilogy is set on the home front and the battlefield — covering the sinking of the Lusitania, the hospitals of France and the quiet countryside. Readers see what war does on and off the front lines, yet Cooke never loses focus on her characters’ emotions or the soap opera-style plot.
William Cavendish, his wife Octavia, their children and servants face changes wrought by the war. The battle comes home when the government seizes their horses; their son and heir Harry returns on leave after being wounded; and the young footman enlists. Everything is changing; can they change with it? (BERKLEY, Jul., 368 pp., $16.00)