Marie Benedict, the author of “The Mitford Affair” has expertly researched and executed the drama of the Mitford Sisters. The genres for this book are Historical Fiction, Historical War, World War Two, Fiction, and Adult British Literature. The timeline for this novel is set during the beginning of World War Two, and when Britain enters the war.
The author describes her dramatic and colorful characters as complex and complicated. The Mitford Family is a part of the British society and the sisters especially express their personal and political views in an obsessive and possibly dysfunctional function. The mother exhibits favoritism to some of her children, as well as political views. Nancy Mitford, one of the sisters has to decide if family loyalty or politics is more important. Nancy is an author, and manages to keep in touch with the family.
Some of the Mitford sisters have affiliations and interests with various political parties such as the communist party, the fascist party and the nazi party. Some of their relationships with men come into question. A question that the author raises is “Should we divorce our personal relationships from our political ones?” “Who should one have loyalty to?” The setting is during one of the most tragic wars in history.
The author describes the women in her novel as strong, and committed to what they believe. I would highly recommend this historical fiction novel.