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The novel opens on Isla fleeing from her marriage which seems to have run its course. Immediately I was drawn to find Isla flighty, her displeasure seemed misdirected at her own frustrations having given up a career to raise children, rather than at her hard working husband. Back in her childhood haven at her Grandparents home of Marshwood Isla reflects on her time growing up there, in no small part due to the reappearance of her childhood friend and teenage crush, Jack.
As Isla explores the feelings she has had for Jack since puberty, the house gradually crumbles around her grandmother's ears. Her grandmother also reflects back on her life, missed opportunities and the man she married. The author clearly attempts to draw parallels between Isla and her Grandmother, and the fate of their one true love.
The writing is slightly more elegant than the usual chick lit, however is overly gushy in places and some of the emotions are expressed in an almost simplistic, childlike manner, leading the reader to believe this is not true love Isla is looking for, but movie love, with all the excitement and depth that comes with it.
The ending however was the biggest let down to the book, jilted and sudden, I could not see how suddenly this was the right path for Isla, as she had expressed little if any desire to go down this route.
Isla is an interesting character, although not from a lovable standpoint but a psychology one.Read more ›
"... Isla inhaled the sweet baby smell which still clung to her daughter, trailing her lips like a lover down the rose-petal softness of her arm, recognising in this painful, magical moment that glimpse of something greater than herself, when she rode her love for her children like the crest of a wave and the landscape of her existence was flooded with light..."
There is an even worse sex scene on p 220 that I couldn't even quote.
Aside from the dreadful style of writing, the characters are unlikeable and unbelievable. The gran is a horror and I don't know a grandmother who would try to mess up her grandchild's life in such a way. The plot is dull, uninspiring and predictable. The ending is meant to come as a surprise but it is totally obvious.
Clearly, I do not like this book whatsoever. However, there are other positive reviews out there so it might purely be a matter of taste. But if anybody shares my taste going by my other reviews, then they will certainly not enjoy what, in my opinion, is an embarrassing and dull novel.
Fast forward then to an hour way past bedtime when, unable to put the book down and go to bed, I turned the last page with a deep & contented sigh of satisfaction and the words "I didn't expect that!". Far from running on predictable lines, the author creates a story of depth and subtlety, full of the shades of grey that is actually the human condition. Nothing turns out quite like you'd expect, but how it turns out has a rightness and realness to it.
Definitely a recommended read!
I was expecting so much from the book - the blurb promised mystery in the enigmatic 'Marshwood' house, and I had envisioned something akin to 'Wuthering Heights', where the house plays an integral role in the development of the story. Instead, while it remained a key (but not integral) feature, what remained was a story of history repeating itself, a story of forbidden love in generations past and present.
The style of writing threatens at times to border Mills and Boon country and some descriptions of the more passionate scenes actually made me cringe. The characters are multi-faceted but not particularly likeable and I had figured the 'surprise' ending out long before it arrived.
The only thing I (sort of) liked was the concept of the present mirroring the past - in terms of love, life and war. Though even this was a little overstated at times.
I will not rehash the plot here, as it will either confirm what you already know or spoil what you are about to embark on, however there are no great surprises to be had, no great plot twists and no original takes on modern life. All I can really say is that it was predictable and more than a little disappointing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My wife read this book and although thought it was well written and easy to read, did have problems in believing the story itself. Read morePublished on 18 Nov. 2011 by Mr BD
I picked this up from the bookshelf in our accommodation in Corfu, the blurb sounds good, I recognised the author so I thought I'd give it a go. Read morePublished on 5 Jun. 2011 by Lincs Reader
bit disappointing really - somehow the book's synopsis suggested something much better. The writing style is poor, the story is predictable, it's almost as if it was written from... Read morePublished on 9 Nov. 2010 by Darren Simons
I like books to be well written, but there is a style of writing that is almost over-written, some call it poetic, I just find it spoils a book. Read morePublished on 20 May 2010 by DubaiReader
This story centers around Isla, a successful architect who gave up work to look after her two children after marrying Richard, a high-flying lawyer. Read morePublished on 8 Feb. 2010 by Snitzy-bitz
This is a decent enough read, nicely written, a modern day romantic story interweaved with a story from the past, as is so popular in many novels these days. Read morePublished on 28 Jan. 2010 by L. H. Healy
I can really see the point of those who have given this book negative reviews.
And I have to confess that romantic novels aren't a genre I usually get time to escape... Read more
Marshwood is a shadow of it's former self : the 19th century country house in Dorset is now falling into ruin because there is little money left to repair it . Read morePublished on 27 Jan. 2010 by BusyReader
Natasha Farrant has written a book which is an ideal holiday companion, an undemanding and pleasant story.Published on 9 Jan. 2010 by Mr. B. W. Haynes