I enjoyed the television series of this novel so much that I bought it. The superb stars, including Felicity Kendall, really bought the book's fascinating characters to life. There is the promiscuous Calypso, dishy Oliver, the 'old soul' Sarah, and frustrated Helena. The war setting and the atmosphere were also extremely well-done.
However, I couldn't get into the book. The style of writing was just too staccato, and there were just too many characters. Unusually, I much preferred the series to the book.