I just have to say how amazing this book is, I just couldn't put it down! I thought it was brilliantly original and at the end I just balled my eyes out!! It's well worth the read, I promise you, and I don't normally do the whole love story thing, however this book embraces much wider concepts associated with the possibilities of time travel and is well researched I thought. A lot of the narrative is attributed to art, classical music and poetry, so at times you may kind of miss the finer points of reference, but you still get the general idea. It really is a powerful book, thoroughly recommended.
This book is exciting and different, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! The story is literally told through the eyes of the three main characters, and for each of these the author writes in the first person so its kind of strange at first but only serves to heighten the interest of the reader. It is also quite funny in places, and overall an informative piece of work. I felt rather ignorant when I began reading as I had no idea that Jamaican men served in the Second World War on the side of the British. Therefore I had no knowledge of how the veterans then went on to survive within British society. Also you kind of feel slighlty ashamed at the whole British superiority complex! I don't think that… Read more
After reading the fabulous "The Other Boleyn Girl", I have since been keen to read any succeeding novels by Philippa Gregory for I enjoy her writing immensely. However, I kind of struggled with this one and just wanted to finish it to get it out the way to be honest. I think the main issue I had with this book was the characterisation of Queen Elizabeth. I found it difficult to read a portrayal of Elizabeth that deviated so much from my pre-conceived notion of a grand, iconic, proto-feminist figure of the sixteenth century .Maybe I have confused the mythical grandeur of the Queen with the reality that Elizabeth was in fact, a woman living in an age of patriarchy, striving to be a King. I… Read more