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Shoulder the Sky by Anne Perry
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By April 1915, as chaplain Joseph Reavley tends to the soldiers in his care, the nightmare of trench warfare is impartially cutting down England?s youth. On one of his rescue forays into no-man's-land, Joseph finds the body of an arrogant war correspondent, Eldon Prentice. A nephew of the respected General Owen Cullingford, Prentice was despised for his prying attempts to elicit facts that would turn public opinion against the war. Most troublesome to Joseph, Prentice has been killed not by German fire but, apparently, by one of his own compatriots. What Englishman hated Prentice enough to kill him? Joseph is afraid he may know, and his sister, Judith, who is General Cullingford?s driver and translator, harbors her own fearful suspicions.… (more)

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I always enjoy books by Anne Parry. Up until now most of them have been Victorian mysteries but Shoulder the Sky is the middle book in a new WWI trilogy.
Technically it is a mystery, but it doesn't follow such a predictable formula and seems more part historical novel, part character study, and part mystery. I liked the first book a lot, No Graves as Yet. Shoulder the Sky is also good but the topic was more somber since a lot of this book takes place in the trenches (literally) in Flanders. Some of you would find it interesting that Parry is an international best selling author who is also LDS. Occasionally she writes a piece for Meridian Magazine. ( )
  tkcs | Feb 23, 2019 |
Reavley Family — 2 Brots + 2 sisters during War — in trench + home — Battle / War Bloody — need morale up — men fighting for what's right!

By April of 1915, as chaplain Joseph Reavley tends to the soldiers in his care, the nightmare of trench warfare is impartially cutting down England’s youth. On one of his rescue forays into no-man’s-land, Joseph finds the body of an arrogant war correspondent, Eldon Prentice. A nephew of the respected General Owen Cullingford, Prentice was despised for his prying attempts to elicit facts that would turn public opinion against the war. Most troublesome to Joseph, Prentice has been killed not by German fire but, apparently, by one of his own compatriots. What Englishman hated Prentice enough to kill him? Joseph is afraid he may know, and his sister, Judith, who is General Cullingford’s driver and translator, harbors her own fearful suspicions.
  christinejoseph | Aug 1, 2017 |
A continuation of No Graves as Yet, this novel focuses on Joseph, a chaplain on the front lines in Flanders. An obnoxious war correspondent is killed, and when Joseph realizes that it's murder by a fellow soldier, he is determined to find out who. In the meantime, he and his brother and sister are still trying to identify who was behind their parents' murder, the same person who is attempting to cause chaos in the British government in order to avoid more war. ( )
1 vote sleahey | Jan 13, 2014 |
The second book in Perry's WWI series. This book takes place during 1915. The Reavleys are still trying to find out who The Peacemaker is, while Joseph continues his chaplain work in Ypres and Judith volunteers as a driver. Matthew is getting closer, but still doesn't know who he can trust in the Secret Intelligence Service. ( )
1 vote tloeffler | Jul 21, 2013 |
2nd of 5 in series. Perry does well with the subject of war. She writes vividly of its discomforts and of the comradeship among those who experience these discomforts together.

She is less than convincing --to me-- when she writes of "intelligence work" and how Matthew hopes to solve the puzzle of the "Peacemaker."

It may be a silly quibble, but Perry never explains how the person known to his allies as "the Peacemaker" is suddenly dubbed by the same moniker by those who seek to stop him.
1 vote kaulsu | Sep 23, 2008 |
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If here today the cloud of thunder lours
Tomorrow it will hie on far behests;
The flesh will grieve on other bones than ours
Soon, and the soul will mourn in other breasts.

The troubles of our proud and angry dust
Are from eternity, and shall not fail.
Bear them we can, and if we can we must.
Shoulder the sky, my lad, and drink your ale.

--A. E. Housman
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To my stepfather,
Major W. A. B. "Bill" Perry,
one of the last officers to leave the beaches of Dunkirk,
June 1940
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