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The Adulteress [Kindle Edition]

Noelle Harrison
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Nicholas is running away, both from his marriage and an unfaithful wife, and the comfortable life he has known in Dublin. He buys a run down house in rural Cavan, right in the heart of Ireland, and embarks on a huge renovation project. While he is there, the house seems to speak to him - there are voices coming from an untraceable source, the seductive smell of baking seeps through the walls, and there is the unmistakable ethereal presence of a woman from the past. She is June Fanning, an English woman who lived in the house in 1941. As her narrative combines with Nicholas's, the story of The Adulteress is revealed - and Nicholas begins to discover exactly what went wrong with his own marriage.

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'A gently poetic read, poetically written.'
--Daily Mail

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A compelling and evocative novel of love, loss and the ties that bind

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 513 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0330458442
  • Publisher: Pan; 1 edition (2 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003H83YAK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #230,615 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable! 16 Sept. 2009
Got a copy when I was on holiday in Ireland, having read Noelle Harrison's other books. Her writing just gets better and better.

This is a great read - you become attached to all the characters and care about what happens to them and how each of their stories will end. Noelle Harrison manages to show you all the facets of this emotive and sensitive subject, illiciting empathy for characters and motives that you may not have previously considered you had.

The story moves around from Ireland to England to Italy giving you a strong flavour of the characters' lives in each location.

On the evidence of this, Noelle Harrison is definitely up there with Ireland's best young writers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fab read, which I'd definitely recommend. 24 May 2010
By Lucy Felthouse VINE VOICE
The Adulteress is a story told from duel viewpoints. Nicholas has left his cheating wife and moved to rural Cavan, with no real idea how he's going to live or keep the house going. But the house seems to speak to him, and he discovers that there is a spirit present. It is the spirit of June Fanning, a woman who used to live in the house and whose presence emanates regret. She wants to tell Nicholas a story, the story of an adulteress. Trouble is, it's the last thing he wants to hear after what his wife did to him.

But soon, he grows fond of June's presence, and the two storylines co-exist throughout the book. Viewpoints are alternated so you're told parts of each person's story, then you skip across to the other viewpoint. It could get confusing, but because there are only two main characters, it's really easy to keep a handle on and you can just enjoy the narrative.

The book didn't turn out to be quite what I expected, but I did really enjoy it. It's kind of like a more serious chick-lit novel, with some history and a ghost story thrown in. A fab read, which I'd definitely recommend.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Summer Holiday Read 21 July 2014
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In 1941, a young June Fanning arrives in Cavan with her Irish husband, Robert, an attractive and well-mannered, but unimaginative middle-aged man, and they move into Robert's family home which has been left vacant after the death of his father. June knows that her husband cares for her and that she should appreciate the safety of Ireland compared with wartime London, but she is worried about her beloved sister, Min, who is still in the city, and when Robert throws himself into working on the land and is not very forthcoming when he is at home, June begins to regret moving to Ireland. When Robert decides that he can no longer avoid the fact that Britain is at war, and he joins the RAF, June feels abandoned and alone in the old cottage and when, against Robert's wishes, she becomes friendly with her artist neighbour, Phelim, and discovers things about Robert's past that he has not shared with her, June begins to question her husband's love for her. In the present day we meet musician Nicholas who, shocked to discover his artist wife, Charlie, has been unfaithful to him, moves from their Dublin home to Cavan and takes on the restoration of the old Fanning house. There, Nicholas spends his time renovating the cottage and giving piano lessons to the locals, including the unhappily married Geraldine, who develops feelings for him. Nicholas tries to put his marriage behind him but is haunted by visions of his wife with her lover and is consumed with anger and jealousy, and it is not until he takes the courage and time to reflect on his relationship with Charlie, and look at his contribution to their marriage difficulties, that he can begin to think about moving forward. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and captivating. 17 April 2013

The Adulteress is one of the most hauntingly beautiful books I have read. It captivated me from the first chapter and I loved reading the descriptions of June Fanning's childhood in pre World War II England, and how her love for her sister and father made her isolate herself from her Mother. Leaving war-torn London for the Irish countryside with her husband, I felt deeply for June when she found it difficult to find a place for herself. I felt heartbroken for her as her husband left her to fight in the War even though he wasn't required to, even after knowing she was pregnant, and I felt angry with him for how aloof he was with her in his letters.

I loved the character of Phelim, with whom June grows a strong connection with after her husband leaves for War. Married to a woman who he knows does not love him, he loses himself in his art work, and I loved how cleverly Noëlle Harrison intertwined the story of the adulteress, who we assume to be June, and her lover an artist, who we assume to be Phelim, before shocking us with their true identities.

Nicholas' story was also deeply touching. Having left his wife after she admitted to sleeping with another man, he moves from Dublin into a falling apart house deep in the rural Irish countryside. Immediately I felt a connection and deep sympathy for Nicholas who was obviously unable to settle in his new life. Yet, as we are given glimpses into the reasons behind the problems in his marriage, I also felt a deep sadness for what both him and his wife had suffered, and whilst before I would have taken Nicholas' side, I now hoped for redemption and reconciliation between him and his wife.
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