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Some Other Eden Kindle Edition

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"A wonderful book, intriguing and compelling, with a memorable cast of characters." (Katie Fforde)

Book Description

A romantic, sexy saga, spanning three generations.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 736 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (31 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AFVNXEO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #807,217 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was very keen to read this book, I love English history and architecture, and the premise of a novel based around the fate of an English Mansion known as Marshwood was very enticing.

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.
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By love reading TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Jan. 2010
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I really hated this. It sounded interesting and I had read other reviews which promised much more than a typical romance. Not being a fan of romance in general, I thought I would like this. I can honestly say I would rather read a Mills and Boon as this; the big problem for me is that the writer was trying to sound deep and intelligent and it just did not work. The prose is flowery, utterly embarrassing and completely pretentious eg,

"... 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.
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By Caroline P. VINE VOICE on 31 Oct. 2009
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After I had read the first few chapters of this book, I felt that - pleasant a read though it was - it was a story I've read a few times before; dilapidated, much-loved family house, set in idyllic countryside, stubborn but yet lovable matriarch, a Family Secret, a childhood love. Rather like a painting-by-numbers, it felt the picture was clear with only the colours to fill in. And, as a very pleasant read I had no problem continuing with it.

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!
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Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
'Some other Eden' is Marmite in book form. I can't help but think you would either love it or hate it. Sadly, for me it missed the mark completely.

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.
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