The White Dove Author:Rosie Thomas In the turmoil of Britain between the wars, can the love between Amy, a daughter of privilege, and Nick, a passionately committed union organizer, survive? — Amy Lovell is spirited and determined, ill-suited to the leisurely life of the English upper class. She is different from the other members of her family: Isabel, her more beautiful, more ... more »conventional older sister, whose marriage to an ambitious but callous right-wing politician leads to a crippling nervous breakdown; Richard, her younger brother, whose scandalous roman a clef destroys their father, still clinging to his title of King's Defender; and the exquisite Adeline, their American heiress mother, who has saved the family estates but whose glittering social life cannot make up for her deep unhappiness. Amy cherishes her family's traditions and life at Chance, the Lovells' great country house, but she is restless, eager to embrace a more fulfilling life.
Against Adeline's wishes, Amy embarks on a nursing career in London, where she is exposed for the first time to the harsh political realities of the early 1930s. At a rally for striking workers Amy meets Nick Penry, who has marched from his small village in the Rhondda valley with a group of fellow unemployed miners. Amy and Nick are drawn immediately to each other. But their love affair is complicated not only by their different backgrounds but by Nick's wife, Mari, and his son, Dickon, and by his deep commitment to the socialist cause--a commitment that leads him to join the Brigades fighting in Spain.
The novel teems with wonderful characters, including Bethan Jones, the Lovells' devoted nanny and Amy's constant friend; the wealthy Jack Roper, who escorts Amy to posh Mayfair parties and to Ondine's, where she dances with the Prince of Wales; and Dr. Charles Carew, with whom she serves on the Spanish front.
But above all,'The White Dove' is Amy's story--a story readers will find irrestible.« less