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Last Ditch

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Last Ditch by Violet Hunt is a captivating and immersive novel that delves into the complexities of love, loyalty, and betrayal. Set in the captivating backdrop of England in the early 20th century, the story follows the lives of two sisters, Monica and Lilla, as they navigate the challenges and obstacles that life throws their way.

Hunt's writing is beautifully descriptive, painting vivid pictures of the lush English countryside and the bustling streets of London. The characters are well-developed and multi-dimensional, each with their own motivations and desires that drive the plot forward. Monica and Lilla's relationship is at the heart of the novel, and Hunt skillfully explores the bond between the two sisters as they struggle to find their place in a world that is constantly changing.

The plot is full of twists and turns, keeping the reader on their toes until the very end. Hunt masterfully weaves together themes of family, duty, and sacrifice, creating a story that is both poignant and thought-provoking. Last Ditch is a compelling read that will stay with you long after you turn the final page.

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An amusing but deeply poignant story, “The Last Ditch” describes the wartime experiences of a British aristocratic family who gradually realize that their old feudal perquisites are passing away in the trenches of the Great War and that unprecedented new forces are pushing out the comfortable old ways. Lady Arles is the matriarch determined to resist to her last breath. Her bohemian young daughter Venice is set on a career as a poet and even dallies with a Socialist lover, but in some ways is the family member who seems the most helpless without her old aristocratic privileges. Another daughter Ilsa brings scandal after scandal to the family because of her endless sexual flings, incorrigible almost to the last page. Audley Bar, beloved by at least two of the Ladies Arles, is the ennui-laden aristocratic adventurer, determined despite his middle age to go forth to war and do his bit, especially after one young friend after another dies on the Western Front. Author Violet Hunt pokes ironical, affectionate fun at her old-fashioned cast of characters, but as an ardent feminist and free-thinker finds ways to show her profound sympathies for the rising poor of England, the previously unprivileged who were finding some new freedoms in the passing of the Old Order. Her novel published while the seemingly endless War was still in full force, Hunt deftly sketches a portrait of a very human family, harrowed by loss and adrift in a new world.

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